|Outsiders can determine political future for North|
Letter to the Editor:
How many times have references to Dane County derisively suggested that the politically liberal atmosphere of Madison has too much influence on the conservative North Woods?
How many times have right-wingers bemoaned the influence of the more progressive community in the greater Madison area, and implied that “those people” do not represent “our values” and “our concerns?”Well, guess what boys and girls, the Supreme Court just ruled in McCutcheon v. FEC that there can be no aggregate limits to campaign contributions. What in the heck does that mean? In fishing, it would mean that you could catch 1,000 walleyes a day, so long as they didn’t all come from the same lake.
It means that you can forget about those liberals around populous Madison controlling the lives of conservatives in rural Wisconsin. The Roberts court has decided that free speech for the people of Alabama means that they too can determine the political future of the people of Vilas County. It means that they can contribute not only to those who represent them in their own state, but to candidates in other states, in other districts, in other precincts — if you’ve got the money, honey, you can take the time to contribute the maximum amount to as many elections in as many places as you wish.
Remember “no taxation without representation?” Well, how about “no representation where it doesn’t concern you?” Not as catchy, to be sure, how about “mind your own damned business!” Of course, if you want to rule the world, I?guess you could look at every election as being “your business.”
If you also had the resources to support that desire, like the Koch brothers ($12 billion profit last year), or the Walton family (more wealth than the combined wealth of the bottom 42% of American families), you could reach into petty cash and spread 100s of millions of dollars around the country to influence elections (buy Congress) and virtually guarantee, among other things, that the estate tax will be of historic interest only, and that climate change denial (and big oil profits) will continue until hurricanes like Katrina and Sandy are commonplace, building codes in the West Coast require nonflammable materials, and the cities of New Orleans, New York, Boston and Miami secede to the lost continent of Atlantis.
|Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:49 PM|