Dark Money Thursday

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Dark Money, Super PACs, shady multi-millionaires buying your democracy. When Americans were asked recently what they fear most, it wasn’t terrorists (unless you mean the sort that take over your TV at election time.) It was corruption of government officials.

It’s that fear that a certain multi-millionaire megalomaniac is playing into when he says “I’m so rich I can’t be bought – so vote for me.”

So is voting for a billionaire to protect you from rule by billionaires a sensible way to fight money in politics? Not exactly. It just looks that way on TV.

Is today’s election auction normal or inevitable? Neither. A handful of Supreme Court decisions, decided by a single vote unloosed the cash-flow. It’s happened mostly over the last ten years. As the Brennan Center reported this January, just one justice shifting opinion could speedily restore common sense limits on big spending.

Change won’t come easily. In the last quarter century, the share of political contributions traceable to the top hundredth of Americans has doubled – from 15 percent to 30 percent. Excess corporate cash rushes into every Congressional and State House office in the land.

Concentration of wealth is the problem. Corruption is the consequence. But it’s just not true there’s nothing regular Americans can do.

@ TRUTHOUT

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10 Responses to Dark Money Thursday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Anyway, sunny here today after many overcast days.

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  2. Den says:

    Cool today here, rain expected tonite with windy rain expected fomorrow.

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  3. Den says:

    Mitt Romney savaged Donald Trump “as deeply dishonest and fundamentally un-electable in a much-touted speech in Utah today.”

    “I don’t know what happened to him,” Trump said during a rally in Portland, Maine. “You can see how loyal he is. He was begging for my endorsement. I could have said, ‘Mitt, drop to your knees.’ He would have dropped to his knees.”

    Two boxcars of BS there alrighty.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Will the GOP splinter?

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    • º¿carol says:

      Look at how Trump talks, how uninhibited he is: whatever pops into his head comes out his mouth and people are finding that fascinating, eating it up. I read a lengthy piece today, about studies as to WHY so many Americans are supporting Trump. It’s kind of the same study that started after WWII as to, WHY average people supported Hitler and the Nazis. The answer: authoritarianism. People who are scared want tough leaders. After 9/11, for 8 years Bush scared the bejesus out of us, sending troops to the Middle East. The “war on terror” started and drags on, republicans got what they wanted: angry, fearful Americans, falling for Hitler all over again.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    Home from the Festival of Contemporary Art Music Faculty Composers’ Concert.

    The evening started with walking to the Hillside Cafe and I went past the St. Thomas More chapel just as the chimes sounded time for vespers or something Lentish. Appropriate as the concert later began with an elegy for the late Elson Floyd, as fine a president as WSU has ever had. That was a trumpet solo. The concert continued with three pieces played in part by the retiring flute professor. The concert ended with a memorial to the Charleston 9, well performed by the student wind ensemble. It was so well done that I was close to tears.

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