Coming soon to a polling place near you: elections bought and paid for by Goldman Sachs, Big Media, and the Wall Street-Washington corporate megacomplex.
So sayeth the Supreme Court today with its asinine 5-4 ruling removing limits on corporate campaign spending.
The decision blows, blowing up a twenty year precedent which upheld states’ rights to regulate corporate campaign meddling. These now defunct restrictions barred corporations and unions from excessive political influence.
In reality, the Court’s poor judgment merely places a headstone on the grave housing campaign finance reform’s decaying corpse.
Reform was killed back in 2000 when the GOP threw John McCain under the bus for the Texas Manchild, George W. Bush. One of McCain’s signature conservative sins, of course, had been his bipartisan work with liberal Midwesterner Russ Feingold on the issue.
Can’t have our Senators working together on behalf of good government, now can we?
Reform was then buried for good in 2008, when Dim-ocratic Party candidate Barack Obama broke his word and refused public financing, claiming his Chicago Cesspool political machine had created an alternative public financing system with the small contributions of individual donors.
That, of course, was a blatant lie. The ‘individuals’ of note were those bundling their gifts through corrupt corporate giants like Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Citigroup, and other dubious scions of the Wall Street-Washington corporate megacomplex.
On queue, Obama’s gullible Kool-Aid guzzling followers fell for his lie, refusing to give McCain credit for accepting public financing or championing campaign finance reform. Obama thoroughly outspent McCain with the tainted corporate cash.
Still, McCain hung in there until the crash of America’s financial structure – precipitated by sleaze in the same firms bankrolling his opponent’s campaign – won Obama the election.
McCain was screwed by Wall Street three times, victimized by his own reforms. Conservatives despised him for it, hyprocitical Obamacrats ignored it, and the corporate megacomplex made him pay for it.
Despite Obama’s lame promises of transparency, his campaign operation refused to submit to a full audit of his campaign financing. Obama, as usual, cannot be trusted.
The Supreme Court now echoes Bush and Obama ‘s wrongheaded insistence on treating corporations like private individuals, doing to do Election Day what unchecked corporatism has done to bowl season.
Anybody got tickets to the 2010 Exxon Mobil Midterm Election Game?
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