or have some sort of twisted idea that the Supreme Court “leveled the playing field” or some such Faux Noise talking point Republican garbage, let me enlighten you.
Jason Linkins has brought up some plausible and frightening facts in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s coup.
The Pinnochio Project, in which the Supreme Court turns a corporation into a real, live boy.
In 2006, USA Today reported: “Nearly one in five U.S. oil refineries is owned by foreign companies. In 2008, it was reported that foreign ownership of U.S. companies “more than doubled” between 1996 and 2005. To get a fix on the spending power, consider this: “The total receipts of foreign-owned companies were $1.7 trillion in 1996 and just $39 billion in 1971.”
That means foreign “companies”, I.E. artificial people, can now vote in our elections. But foreign real people cannot.
In the 2008 election, Barack Obama and John McCain combined to spend about $1 billion, a number that Politico’s Jeanne Cummings called “an unprecedented figure.” And the combined expenditures of the entire 2008 cycle came to “a record-shattering $5.3 billion in spending by candidates, political parties and interest groups on the congressional and presidential races.”
TOTAL AMOUNT OF BONUSES PAID OUT BY GOLDMAN-SACHS, 2009: $16 billion
TOTAL AMOUNT OF BONUSES PAID OUT BY JPMORGAN CHASE, 2009: $27 billion
TOTAL AMOUNT OF BONUSES PAID OUT BY MORGAN STANLEY, 2009: $14 billion
TOTAL AMOUNT OF BONUSES PAID OUT BY CITIGROUP, 2009: $25 billion
So you see, if this decision has been in place prior to the election, President McCain and Vice President Sarah Palin would be in the White House. And since most corporations have a decided Republican bent, we’d essentially have a one party system, with more and more Republicans getting elected (along with Blue Dogs owned by Corporations) and laws would be for the benefit of those large, for profit, people, not the little guys actually paying the taxes. We’d have that Fascist Theocracy Bush worked so hard to initiate. Well, it just took a little longer than planned, but we’re there. And since you and me are not part of the elite power brokers or über wealthy, we’ll be the serfs who pay for no say. Oh, yeah, kiss your health care goodbye. Kiss goodbye net neutrality, clean air, clean water, safe food, safe cars, just about anything with a regulation to protect you from corporate profit. It’s gone. No limits.
You haven’t seen anything close to abuse of the system yet. Regulations are going to be out the window. Just watch what Lisa Murkowski is trying to do to the EPA. She’s funded by big energy. Now they can really begin to spend to get what they want. They already own the Supreme Court. By 2012 they’ll own ALL of Congress and the White House too.
I never thought I’d live to see the day.
I’ll have to wait until I retire to move to Canada and in the meantime, I’m losing immigration points.