February 23, 2010
You must be kidding!
Bill Moyers Journal has repeated its "Justice for Sale" program. You must see it and then ask, "How are we doing in Wisconsin?"
Recently, I tried to explain how "impartial justice" works in the land of La Follette. Here is what the nationally respected Chief Justice wrote: "Justices Prosser, Roggensack and Ziegler have reached the extraordinary conclusion that this court never has the power to guarantee that all members are impartial." Try explaining that to a high school civics class!
It seems clear that Prosser, Roggensack, Ziegler and (probably) Gableman believe WMC can pour as much money as they want into any Supreme Court election, including Justice Prosser's re-election campaign, without worrying that they might be going over the line. ("Over the line" means the justice receiving millions of dollars in campaign contributions, could be forced to recuse.) Not in Wisconsin! Only the recipient can disqualify himself from a case even though the case might involve a big contributor such as WMC!
Now lets think about the Supreme Court decision holding that corporations cannot be limited in giving to candidates. Toyota just hired 30 lobbyists; Toyota spent $25 million last year on federal regulatory lobbying. Should that be allowed? Should we permit foreign corporations to control or buy influence in our government? If a member of the Wisconsin court receives $10 million from Toyota, should that justice be disqualified in a case involving Toyota? You say yes, Justice Prosser says no. Yikes!
Time for reform.
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I became very depressed during the 8 years of the Cheney/Bush regime. I am now depressed that the supreme court has given corporate money the same freedoms for which our forefathers fought assuring us all that elections and those elected will be controlled by those with the most money. Recently I read that anti-depressants just don't work.
What am I to do?
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Stoughton, WI | February 23, 2010
Corporations are doing quite well. They have managed to buy most of the legislature and half of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. With time, they will succeed in buying the entire court, governor and legislature. Then we can be happy that corporations own our government lock, stock and barrel.
I look forward to a return to the 60-hour work week at minimum wage with no benefits, child labor and jailing debtors, the way our English forefathers did. I also look forward to the abolishment of corporate crimes and any pesky regulation of corporations. After all, corporations have made this country what it is.
-Chris | Watertown, WI | February 24, 2010