September 27, 2012
Money, money, money
It is a sickness. Brooks Jackson calls it "honest graft." I call it bribery. The Supreme Court calls it free speech. Jess Unrah called it the "mother's milk" of politics. Money. What do you call it?
Buddy Roemer, speaking at Fighting Bob Fest, demanded that campaign reform must be your number one issue. Gaylord demanded that Democrats "put down the tin cup."
The New York Times this morning lists the biggest contributors to Democratic Super PACs. It makes one feel ill. If you know anything about the VIPs listed you know the stench of money in our broken system. You know why the Building Trades coughed up $6 million. Why? Well public enemy number 1: support for the awful Keystone Pipeline. Get ready for post-election disappointment.
You see Peter Angelos's picture. He is owner of the Baltimore Orioles and a trial lawyer who got over a billion dollars in the tobacco case. A billion dollars he did not deserve. And John Eddie Williams who, says the NYT, made a fortune representing Texas in the tobacco case that was won by Skip Humphrey and Mike Ceresi. Not Angelos or Williams!
(We stopped the outrageous payment of over $900 million to lawyers in Wisconsin by asking the court to hold that the payment of nearly a billion was excessive! We won. We cited a 1917 case that held that lawyers are entitled to be well-paid but should not be permitted to fly the black flag of piracy!)
So, there you have it. A broken system remains broken. Reform? Hell no! "Win baby win" is the cry not "reform, baby reform."
Need more? Check on Tommy Thompson's millions "earned" as a lobbyist for the drug companies.
Whoa Nelly! And we lecture other countries on democracy?
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Money. How can I get some?
-Pietr Haikuu | Hurley, Wis. | September 27, 2012