Thursday, August 13, 2009

Behind in the Times

This New York Times op-ed is worried that the Supreme Court might overturn the ban on corporate contributions to political campaigns.

The founders were wary of corporate influence on politics — and their rhetoric sometimes got pretty heated. In an 1816 letter, Thomas Jefferson declared his hope to "crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country."

This skepticism was enshrined in law in the early 20th century when the nation adopted strict rules banning corporations from contributing to political campaigns. Today that ban is in danger from the Supreme Court, which hears arguments next month in a little-noticed case that could open the floodgates to corporate money in politics.

Does this guy really not understand that companies have already done an end run around this restriction?  Sure, another nail in the coffin can't hurt (from the corporate perspective) but our zombie populace was hardly in danger of stirring anyhow.  It's like this guy slept through the whole war and then woke up for the final pitiful battle.