Matt's post on the increasingly narrow social outlook of big business is worth thinking about. I'm not in any place to evaluate this, but I've heard a number of people smarter than I attribute it to the shift towards quarterly earning reports. When business thought in the long-term, it made sense to take a wider view of society, because the long-range health of the one would dictate the health of the other. But as the race refocused on immediate earnings, the perspective shifted to cutting costs and maximizing profits in the now, and so the political outlook narrowed to take in only what would pay immediate dividends.