From the NYT the monetary distortion is to be amplified
The Supreme Court on Wednesday continued its crusade to knock down all barriers to the distorting power of money on American elections. In the court’s most significant campaign-finance ruling since Citizens United in 2010, five justices voted to eliminate sensible and long-established contribution limits to federal political campaigns. Listening to their reasoning, one could almost imagine that the case was simply about the freedom of speech in the context of elections.Who knew Freedom of Speech = $$$$$$$$$
Apart from everyone with half a brain that is.
So we have:
A political system for hire.
Can you feel those freedoms washing over you?
They scream against anything that might actually help people such as social security, medicaid, the Affordable care Act, unemployment benefits, SNAP, SCHIP, food stamps etc etc cuz that thar is socialmacommunism.
However giving power to the rich via tax cuts, elininating the estate tax, subsidies to already profitable corporations, tax havens, bailouts etc etc, well that is just freedom dontcha know.
All we need know is for SCOTUS to grant exceptions for corporate personalities based on religion because, oh noes ,that has nothing to do with the first amendment.
Democracy for sale, git yer democracy here!
I wonder if politicians will be sold along the lines of; buy one senator get one free? As you might have heard some even want that voting for senators nonsense done away with.
I never knew America was for sale otherwise I might have bought some shares before it was sold off to the highest bidder.
If I was not feeling quite so sarcastic I would be furious.
I am not alone in this apparently Gail Collins is feeling quite snarky as well
Surprise! The Rich Won OneBut don't worry
Let me try for a second: On Wednesday, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., who once played Peppermint Patty in a school production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, told the nation it was unconstitutional to say that a rich person could only give a total of $123,200 to congressional campaigns each election cycle. This would have been called the majority decision, except that Clarence Thomas, who never talks in court and had that pubic hair controversy back in the day, wrote a little memo of his own.
One day you will will win the lottery and be just like rich folks.
Yep, and I have a dozen bridges in the back catalog I can sell you.
In the former Soviet Union, the money elite generally get their power from the politicians. Here, it seems to be the other way around. But the next time casino zillionaire Sheldon Adelson invites the Republican presidential hopefuls to go to Las Vegas and bow before his throne, feel free to say they were just off honoring an oligarch. Apparently, the founding fathers would have wanted it that way.