I just read an opinion on cnn.com I would like to share. Are Republicans at war with reality? Its a fairly enjoyable read mostly about the policies expressed by the G.O.P. hopefuls during Thursdays debate. There is one small point I would disagree with the author on however. Are Republicans at war with reality? - CNN.com In the op/ed, John Avlon writes: The lowest moment for responsible governance occurred when all the candidates on stage raised their hands to say that they would reject a 10-to-1 spending cut to tax hike split as a deal to reduce the deficit. That is a sign of a party that is being held intellectually captive by its most extreme activist elements. Frankly I think everyone should be clear on this one point if nothing else, conservatives (both republican and teaparty) are being held intellectually captive by their billionaire puppet masters and the corporations who buy and sell politicians in Washington like cattle at a meat market. They didnt care what the American people thought; I doubt they care what some activists think either (that is as long as fox news can keep conning people into voting for them). I think when we sit here and pretend like conservative fiscal policies arent written by and handed down to them from the Koch brothers and other like minded top earners, it lends both conservatives and their ludicrous economic policies legitimacy they do not deserve.