When Bush got the fifth conservative Supreme Court Justice, he secured the power of the wealthy in this country through enabling them or even foreign governments to donated unlimited amounts of money with no requirement to identify from where it has come.
You know, those unlimited funds would not have to make a difference if Americans were smart and could recognize phony advertising when they see it. If they would check facts when someone like a Carly Fiorina promises she'll cut the deficit but they look at her corporate record and recognize she was a failed CEO who got appointed above her skill set (Peter Principle), rewarded by a corporate system that sends off corporate failures with more than a pink slip, who liked/likes to live the life of the rich, and is not likely to care about the average citizens in California once elected anymore than she did the workers at HP before.
The power of this moneyed set really is not greater than any average citizen (one vote) if average citizens bothered to get informed. The Koch brothers have two actual votes, but what they have beyond that is the power of the purse to fund a movement of ordinary people who somehow have become convinced that what is good for the wealthiest is also good for them.
When the Koch brothers have their gatherings of the elite as they did in June and will again in January [Secret GOP Donor Network], they include other multimillionaires, and have included Glenn Beck for media and two Supreme Court Justices-- Scalia and Thomas. Since the meetings require secrecy from attendees we can only guess their goals but it's not hard given how much these people benefit from deregulation of their industries and how much wealth they have already acquired.
Does anybody seriously think that being at an event like that doesn't tell you how those justices will rule on anything impacting these rich people? They aren't just political, they are bought and paid for by this catering to them. What is amazing is that while what is discussed at this meeting is demanded it be kept 'secret' they are also obviously so blatantly powerful that they don't have to fear anybody standing in their way.
When judges attend, does anyone seriously think they will then do anything to lessen what is happening in this country with it heading toward a nation with no middle class and instead the rich and those who serve them? If there was any doubt about that, the decision they made to give corporations the rights of citizens for 'free speech' told you to forget it.
The people in the tea party have been convinced they only need to worry about welfare queens and while they are looking that direction, they miss what is really happening. The ads these people are paying for tell you everything about how they manipulate voters. It does not have to work but with a television network and many radio programs all putting out the same message, it works with too many voters.
Did you see the clip of Rush Limbaugh showing an unflattering photo of Obama and telling his millions of listeners how it obviously shows Obama looking like the devil himself? You know Limbaugh doesn't believe in that, you could hear it in his voice, but he knows his listeners will hear it, see it and fear will grow even greater among those who fear Obama is the Antichrist which Limbaugh knows well has been one of the accusations from the weak-minded. It works too often, and who does it benefit when it does?
[Limbaugh lowers himself once again] to the lowest denominator to compete with Beck.
When the Supreme Court decided that a wealthy person or a corporate entity (from any country) could donate any amount of money they wanted to any cause or candidate, they tipped the balance of power from being about the will of the majority to the pressure of the wealthy.
Why is this good to righties? What possible reason do they have for wanting less financial regulations? How about letting businesses go overseas with no penalty here (which Republicans continued as policy by their threat of filibuster)? Then they give speeches about Obama at fault for loss of jobs while their corporate overseers, who fund their trips and hire them if they lose offices, they are the reason this is happening.
Why do the right wing want the wealthy to have more power? I scratch my head trying to sort through why the right leaning middle would be voting as they are. I read how Obama is having a hard time getting the white working class to support him; but if they don't support him, what exactly are they supporting? Do they have a clue?
I hear a lot of talk from the tea partiers about freedom. Does that mean freedom to pollute, freedom to cheat, freedom to manufacture overseas and take the profits back here with no taxes or low taxes on them, or is it desire for freedom for citizens who don't have jobs with benefits to get sick and not have a regular doctor to go to? What freedom are people talking about? Freedom to be an old person with no Social Security and no doctors? Please, help me understand what freedoms? When Obama wanted to keep the Bush tax cuts for the average person but not keep them for the wealthiest, the Republicans blocked it. Whose side are they on? Okay, I know that but why do any voters support that?
In Oregon a very good Congressman, Pete DeFazio is in a close race with a total nut job right winger, who taught his children at home from books that teach that blacks are inferior to whites [Robinson], who argues that global climate change isn't happening with no proof but plenty of muddying of the waters. Who is running on being a scientist while not acting like one.
DeFazio has done a good job for Oregon; so why is the race close? Because one guy who was a hedge fund billionaire, who resented DeFazio trying to put regulations onto those like him has funded the campaign against him. Hedge Fund Billionaire Funds Robinson Campaign.
This is what happens when advertising works. This is what happens when you can afford to throw a lot of money against one or two politicians who don't go the way you want and they can't match your funds. There is only one way to stop it-- quit having it work! People do not have to be influenced by these slick ads. They can look at the issues and vote accordingly. For those who have right wing religious values, I do understand even while I disagree but for anybody voting on economic issues, this whole thing makes no sense at all.
We know government has been corrupt to varying levels, but tell me is there any reason to think Republicans won't make it even worse with their total caving to the wealthy? When will we reach a point where we cannot go back?
DeFazio isn't taking it lying down-- and neither have we as we donated, earlier in the month, when we saw what was happening, to his campaign even though we don't get to vote for him since we live a bit north of his voting district! He is the kind of Congressman Oregon needs. The kind our country needs. Yes, that's my opinion.