Corporations Own Judges, too, Not Just Lawmakers
|July 2, 2014||Posted by Staff under Corruption, Subsidies & Waste & Public Debt, War / Peace|
This 2014 excerpt of Reader Supported News, Jun 27, is by Carl Gibson, 26, is co-founder of US Uncut. Carl and other US Uncut activists are featured in the documentary “We’re Not Broke,” which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Through four Congressional committees — foreign relations, armed services, homeland security, and “defense” appropriations — $300 billion in taxpayer dollars, which is roughly $2000 per taxpayer, went to private military contractors in 2013.
Between the two of them, Senators McCain and Durbin received more than $300,000 in campaign contributions from contractors. Members of the Senate who voted YES for military intervention in Syria received 83 percent more in campaign donations from military contractors than those who voted NO.
Contractors hire expensive lawyers with connections in government.
- The Hogan Lovell law firm, where Chief Justice John Roberts previously worked before joining the Supreme Court, explicitly boasts on its website about its expertise in helping corporate clients worm their way through the regulatory system.
- Justice Antonin Scalia worked in the Jones Day law firm before Ronald Reagan appointed him to the Supreme Court. Jones Day’s client list includes war profiteers like Bechtel, General Electric, and Verizon.
In 2010, both Scalia and Roberts voted to establish money as speech in the Citizens United vs. FEC decision, which allowed for corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money influencing elections. Recently, both justices voted that aggregate limits on individual campaign donations are unconstitutional in McCutcheon vs. FEC.
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Ed. Notes: The money that corporations spend on office holders is not to persuade anybody, since they all have the same values and worldview, but to keep flow of public money to each player flowing ever faster. There is no political solution. Reformers want electoral campaigns to be publicly funded, but the nations already doing that still wage war and waste public revenue.
But there is an economic solution. That is, let citizens spend public money by having government disburse a dividend. And don’t let government tax whatever it wants but only recover socially generated values (don’t tax earnings, purchases, or buildings but rather charge polluters, resource depleters, and land displacers).
Once politicians can’t grant favors, nobody will want to lobby them. Then we can abolish corporate welfare and deny rent-seeking. There won’t be anyone unduly rich to try to influence the power structure left. Such geonomic reform begins not by focusing on one’s opponents but on a vision of how to run things right. Share the common wealth!