Justice Kennedy, the author of the Court’s opinion.
Thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizen’s United case, we can look forward to the ugliest election in recent history. By interpreting the First Amendment through a convoluted argument, the court has decided that money equals speech.
How did the court decide that allowing unlimited and unsourced money to be spent on behalf of candidates will be a good thing?
We’ve seen a preview of the law’s effect in the Iowa Republican primary race, but I believe the Presidential race will be even worse. I shudder to think what the anti-Obama ads will be like.
The net effect of the law will be to reduce the public’s esteem for politicians and our government to an all-time low.
Democrats always have a problem defining issues clearly. For instance, I constantly hear pundits (without being corrected by Dems) talking about the Obama tax plan as applying to “millionaires” and “billionaires.” Not true. A millionaire has traditionally been defined as someone who has assets of a million or more. The president’s tax plans apply to those who have taxable earnings of a million or a billion dollars or more a year. I don’t know anyone who makes that much, and I live in Pasadena! I do have a screenwriter friend who maybe makes more than a million a year, but he would never admit it. Who can even imagine making a billion a year? These people have issues more serious than paying taxes. If you’re making a billion a year, think of the time spent with accountants and lawyers.
As you can see from the illustration above, it’s a very small, rich bunch of people who fit in the category of million-dollar earners. Only 1 % . That makes it 99 to one in our favor. Unlike all the other wars we’re engaged in, this one we can probably win.
The thing that I’ve never understood is how many middle-class Republicans and Tea-Partiers who make less than $250,000 a year that support these fat-cats at the top. I guess they will also be our enemy in the new Class War.
Why? Do they all worry that soon they will be making more than a million a year and then will have to pay extra taxes?