Both are bad, but we can no longer turn the other cheek…
By Jack E. Lohman
Now we’re hearing that President Obama needs to raise $1 billion for his second run, about 30% more than his first.
What a waste. Had he governed to the left, as he campaigned, he would be so popular that Democrats and independents would elect him hands down. But he didn’t and may now lose it all (thanks to the campaign cash he covets).
Yea, I may be a lousy Republican, but so is he!
And Scott Walker?
Seems that his promises not to privatize troubled communities may have been one of those little white lies that politicians tend to use to keep their plans secret until they notify us taxpayers that we’ve been screwed.
Coverage over at the Badger Democracy blog is worth following. They report that Walker appears to be in bed with the Foley and Lardner law firm that is said to be writing the new law that I expect will be dropped on the public some Friday (the slow news day).
I still have questions. Did Walker hire Foley and Lardner to write laws we pay our legislators to write? Are they using taxpayer money or is it funded by a Fat Cat looking for profits at the end of the privatization rainbow? How much in campaign contributions had to change hands to make this all happen?
I say it again: “Private companies can give campaign contributions while government entities cannot!”
Indeed turning some government functions over to private industry may make sense, but I’d rather it occur without campaign cash flowing to our politicians. For those unfamiliar, we have our Milwaukee area power supplied by the private WE Energies under what is called a “regulated monopoly.” That they pay their CEO Gale Klappa about $8 million per year is troubling (because some of that is coming from me!). As you can see from his campaign contributions HERE and HERE, he is indeed generous with his financial windfall.
The fix going forward
Clearly we must spend less and tax more, at least until we recover. But that is going to take politicians that are not PAID to spend more, by the Fat Cats that fund their elections and want in our pockets.
Our moneyed political system has led us down the path we are on, and only eliminating it will get it reversed.
Unfortunately, money works. It is WHY we can’t balance the budget, or pass good health care reform, or can’t decide on global warming, or whatever. Good laws don’t require campaign cash to flow, but bad laws do.
Clearly, some lefties gave up hope and stayed away from the voting booth in 2010. Let’s hope that Citizens United finally woke them up. They must — absolutely MUST — get out the vote and throw the bastards out in 2012. Both political parties, and both of these jokers!
*IF* we had politicians that were not taking cash from outside interests, they would fix these problems overnight.