I agree with Dylan Ratigan of MSNBC who is advocating a Constitutional Amendment to get the money out of politics. I suggest you check his site and sign his petition at http://www.getmoneyout.com/ which is also co-sponsored by The Huffington Post.
This issue threatens the very nature of our democratic political institutions! President Franklin Delano Roosevelt warned us about the vile forces of “organized money” and their nature to reshape our democracy into a nation of necessitous citizens! They do this by interfering with the electoral processes of our nation. President Barrack Obama is a tame kitten “playing progressive” inside the monied confines of the corporate sandbox.
Barrack Obama, while “playing liberal” inside the monied confines of the “corporate sandbox”, is advancing the Republicans building a “nation of necessitous citizens” burdened with high unemployment, usury style credit cards and student loans that cannot be paid off. Naturally Republicans don’t call this a nation of necessitous citizens but a “business friendly environment”!
Yes I realize that recently Barrack Obama has shown more testosterone. But this has only been for surface issues and he will not address the core issue I am presenting in this post! We need nothing less than a Constitutional Amendment to get money out of politics! No more “meows” on this issue!
Barrack Obama is not alone in being a wimp. It costs money to run a campaign and most Democrats are playing liberal inside the corporate sandbox with Barrack Obama.
Taxation Without Representation By Corporations
Lobbyists with thick wallets are all over Washington! Furthermore with the recent Supreme Court decision that unlocks the flow of corporate money directly to front groups, we Americans will be paying for the corporate agenda via the costs of goods and services we buy!
It does not matter what the issue is:
- Job creation
- Banking regulation
- Net Neutrality
- Balancing the budget
- Universal Health Care
- Alternative Energy
- Rebuilding our infrastructure
- Woman’s right to choose
- Gay rights
- The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
- Global warming
- Social Security and Medicare
The only factors that should weigh in the minds of our elected officials should be the reaction of voters and what is best for America! They can listen to the advocacy groups of voters! But corporations are economic groups not political action groups.
Corporations are not citizens! If we deny corporations the right to fund candidates we have not denied anyone their rights. The stock holders and managers have the rights of every citizen to put their hands into their own pockets but not into my pocket to fund a candidate!
A Proposal: Fund All Elections With A Corporate Tax
Can you imagine the uproar? We would be told that is cosmetic since the corporations would simply pass on the tax cost to the consumer! Really!
Well then who is paying for their lobbyists? Who is paying for their funding of front groups? The cost for these comes from somewhere! The cost of advancing their corporate agenda comes from the added cost to a corporation’s goods and services that we the consumer pay! Furthermore to engage in an economic boycott of some corporations constitutes an “extra cost” to the consumer in time and perhaps money.
A trip to the market place should be a economic transaction free of the costs advancing the political agenda of our social betters!
Constitutional Amendment For Electoral Reform
Below Dylan Ratigan presents an illuminating background into the influence of money in our political processes and also the issue of the growing income gap between the rich and the middle class! I will add my addition to his proposal.
Dylan Ratigan proposes a Constitutional Amendment that would declare that money is not speech! I like that but I feel it is not enough. I understand his logic since he does not want the amendment process to be taken up with extra details. I realize that some electoral reforms will have to come by regular laws not a amendment to the constitution.
With that in mind I propose we “magnify” “every dollar given to a candidate by small contributions and that magnification be funded by a tax on large corporations! This must be enshrined in a Constitutional Amendment! The “magnification factor” can be determined by Congress via regular laws.
I suggest a factor of ten! This “magnification factor” could be adjusted up or down by Congress via laws. However the right of Congress to do so would be via a constitutional amendment that would also prohibit any involvement by corporations in influencing elections! The rich should have a cap on their donations to an individual candidate also. I have no objections to them stuffing envelopes or going door to door! You know – just like the rest of us do as volunteers!
Tax Loopholes: Could They Be Used To Tame The Beast?
I hold a radical view concerning corporate tax loopholes! I am a Social Democrat so if you are liberal please read this through as you may not have realized this before about tax loopholes!
When this balding hippie was a college student in the late 1960′s I was taught in my economics classes that tax loopholes could serve as a means of social control over corporations!
Here is the key issue:
Was the decision processes that created the tax loopholes free of corporate corruption? If we desire as a means of social policy to shape the beast’s behavior by means of “contingencies of reinforcement” to reward socially desirable corporate behavior then tax loop holes are good.
Positive example of a tax loophole:
Tax auto companies for high gas consuming vehicles like SUV’s but reward auto companies that produce hybrid vehicles with a tax loophole!
Negative example of a tax loophole:
Corporate lobbyists use their money to corrupt the decision making process of our Democracy to get a tax loop hole that favors their corporation or industry merely to expand their profits. In this case the beast is not being tamed but our society is being tamed to serve the corporate collectivists! Examples are a tax loop hole for the Tobacco industry or the oil industry!
We do not want a communist economy because people do need incentives to create. Further we do not want to legislate what each job occupation should receive for their compensation. God imagine what divisions that could cause! So we “make believe” the “free market” will do this for us!
In practice we know the free market is not free but can be controlled by elitists. That is why we sometimes have intervention!This is called a “mixed economy”!
Psychologist B.F. Skinner was world renown for his “theory of operant conditioning” where by an organism could have it’s behavior “shaped” by schedules of both positive and negative reinforcement!
A corporation is not a citizen but it is an organism that has behavior which can be conditioned. “Tax loop holes” are a mechanism to bring about socially desirable corporate behavioral change! The crucial point is that the contingencies of reinforcement are established by society! The agency for that establishment by society over the market and corporations is our political processes!
The problem today is that the corporate beast is not being tamed but our democratic processes are being tamed by the corporate beast!
This bring us to the most critical issue:
Modern day economy does require intervention and some regulation! But are the decisions for that societal intervention being made on the basis of democratic decision making processes that have as their foundation the principle of
“one person – one vote” or
is the intervention made on the principle of
“one dollar – one vote“!
There can be no Obama imitation of an ostrich, with it’s head in the sand when the future of our democracy is at stake! The issue is Barrack Obama or “Change We Can Believe In”? We cannot do a “meow” on this issue any longer! The same type of “meow” that has turned health care reform into a insurance cartel enrichment program. The same “meow” that created a Financial Reform package that does not end the casino betting on Wall Street. The same “meow” that allows credit card usury to continue to exist but let’s it be more transparent in the credit card statement.
This is Barrack Obama’s idea of “Change We Can Believe In”!
I have a better idea!
Senator Bernie Sanders For President In 2012!
- Dylan Ratigan: “We Have A Bought Congress” (middle-class-populist.com)
- Trickle Down Identity Meme: Subjugation Of The Middle Class (middle-class-populist.com)
- Loophole lets corporations save billions in taxes (rt.com)