Both hard and soft
From what I get from reading real quick I admit the newspaper accounts of how our entire economy is falling apart is that Bush and Cheney and everybody in their administration are former CEOs and that"s in fact how they got their positions from having run companies that contributed campaign money both hard and soft to politicians who then appointed them to various positions running departments where they can increase their professional contacts and become CEOs of even bigger corporations when they leave government that will in turn turn out to have lied and cheated and misrepresented profits and debt so that shareholders and employees suffer absolute ruin for having believed in and worked for the aforementioned companies. In other words, you and I get screwed while these white businessmen and -women (can you spell M-A-R-T-H-A?) make off like bandits into a spanking hereafter where their minions are forced to serve them unto perpetuity. This at least is the gist of what I"m reading.