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The Fifth Column

As usual, Professor Robert Reich gets it right…

The Huffington Post

Who’s buying our democracy? Wall Street financiers, the Koch brothers, and casino magnates Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn.

And they’re doing much of it in secret.

It’s a perfect storm:

The greatest concentration of wealth in more than a century — courtesy “trickle-down” economics, Reagan and Bush tax cuts, and the demise of organized labor.

Combined with…

Unlimited political contributions — courtesy of Republican-appointed Justices Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Kennedy, in one of the dumbest decisions in Supreme Court history, Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, along with lower-court rulings that have expanded it.

Combined with…

Complete secrecy about who’s contributing how much to whom — courtesy of a loophole in the tax laws that allows so-called non-profit “social welfare” organizations to accept the unlimited contributions for hard-hitting political ads.

Put them all together and our democracy…

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3 responses

  1. So depressingly true. Thanks for reposting. I almost never read the Huffington Post because it makes me sad for just these very reasons.

    July 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    • It makes me said listening and reading much of the news out there…However because there are those who are attempting to undermine the principles of this democracy it is why I sadly turn on the news and watched mesmerized by their audacity, astonished by the complicity of the American populace and terrified by the unrepetant and unswayed arrogance of those who will see this country become an oligarchy.

      July 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      • Beautifully phrased, V. Lyn. The sad thing is, so many Americans are unwittingly complicit because the GOP has them thinking that they represent their interests. They’ve done a masterful job at distracting people from the real issues.

        July 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm

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