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  •  Really, the problem is, again, considering (3+ / 0-)
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    Ian Reifowitz, shaharazade, JerryNA

    an artificial person or corporation the same as a regular natural person, regardless of the fact that a conglomerate, especially one that is designed to mute personal liability, is likely to cause much more damage before being stopped than an individual can.
    Of course, Congress, being a corporate body, has a common interest with private corporations and, especially now that their sovereign immunity has been crimped, seeks to provide favorable treatment to these subordinate entities in the expectation that, come election time, they'll be recompensed.

    Traditionally, bribery was perceived as a crime in which public officials were paid extra to perform their duty or not. I don't think it was contemplated that public officials would legislate or dole out contracts to curry favor with enterprise that can deliver votes. Congress has reversed the process and now uses its legislative powers to extort electoral support. Where Willard went wrong was in thinking he could do that, too.
    Or perhaps, the problem was that Willard's campaign managers were used to dealing on behalf of candidates for Congress and simply did what they always do.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 08:59:37 AM PST

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