Too Familiar These Days - Why???
(Feel fed up, hopeless, and powerless)
Across American Airwaves - One Culprit
The Problem and the Solution Elude Us - Why???
(The System Protects Itself)
A lot of us since we were young heard and subscribed to the notion that “money is the root of all evil.” Is it really; not in all cases. A lot of people with a lot of money do great things for mankind, but in politics, not so much so. Except to rake in a ton to run and win a seat in some elected office and then with another ton, stay in office. Almost all the corruption stories in our history have been directly connected to money and greed of those in office. The list is long, and the Watergate cliché, follow the money still applies whether dating back to the
Teapot Dome scandal
(1922 bribes involve for land leases) or Iran-Contra (selling arms for
hostages) right to the biggie that brought down a President of the United
States: Watergate. Money was at the center
of most of them along with power and greed.
And, it’s not just politics, e.g., the Madoff ponzi scandal; Enron; Worldcom; Tyco; Freddie Mac; or, AIG just to name a few of the really big ones. And, at the center: big amounts of money.
This article triggered me to post this today from CNBC and the charts there are neat to operate and see the outcome. I once again concluded as I have for years that the common denominator is money. It's not necessarily the idea of people giving money for political campaigns or to candidates. That is expected. But when it leads to crime, corruption, greed and other nasty stuff, well, that’s my focus. Not just the money per se, but the sources and lately the massive amounts as each cycle get worse and sets new records. Sadly most of it comes from only a handful of millionaires and billionaires who are trying to buy the country. No one has or can convince me otherwise of their goal: power and money.
The court rulings like Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC have spoiled the pool - it's not worth diving in and enjoying the day in the sun. Not when big money owns the pool, water, and Sun.
The question and search I believe is how to change the system and actually make it work as the type of true representative democracy we all say we want? That is the $64,000 dollar question (and no pun intended).
Common sense control on campaign money is the key. And no, I do not believe that money is speech except to a certain degree. However, taken to the extremes that we have seen since 2010 (i.e., with someone like Sheldon Adelson giving $100 million). I guess his next move along side the Koch brothers with their recent pledge of nearly $1 billion for 2016 will shatter previous records while proving it all entitles them to buy and own every dictionary on Earth, and thus guaranteeing that they truly have more speech than anyone else. Power and money.
At least that is the logical conclusion I see when I hear the high court say that “money is speech and there are no limits.” No limits on actual speech, I totally agree; but a truckload of hundred dollar bills for a House or Senate run? Um …that kind of stinks. No one will ever convince me that at the end of the day that a quid pro quo isn’t waiting in the wings for a “return on their investment." It’s not human nature to give someone a million dollars for an election and not expect something in return at the end of the day. And, please no sound bytes like “it’s only good access.” That is weak. For example, say that Mr. X gives a million dollars, and you can only give a thousand. Then you both call your Senator or Representative. Guess who gets the access? Case closed.
That's my 2 cents for today. I hope I've make my point.