Spare us the nonsense about unions

Okay, this is getting silly. Nearly every story regarding yesterday’s disheartening Supreme Court decision on campaign finance has some line similar to this one from the official McClatchy take:

The 5-4 decision means that corporations and unions are now freer to run attack ads — or, for that matter, ads touting their positions — and to praise or criticize specific candidates, right up until Election Day.” (Emphasis supplied.)

Please guys, give us a break. The combined budgets of all of the AFL-CIO’s member unions is probably less than one month’s profits for Exxon-Mobil alone. Such a take is like saying that an end to all global arms control efforts places the U.S. on a level playing field with Liechtenstein.


  1. Louie

    January 22, 2010 at 11:09 am

    “Lacking any media infrastructure that compares to the vast right-wing echo chamber, progressives and other advocates for the rule of law must recognize that they are losing this debate”

    Robert Parry, Consortium News

    He’s right. :(

  2. Rob Schofield

    January 22, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Just wait and see what happens when they really start spending the dough.

  3. gregflynn

    January 22, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Ahmadinejad can now set up a cupcake business in DC and spend unlimited amounts influencing US elections.

  4. Ashley St.Claire

    January 22, 2010 at 11:36 am

    The Supreme Court, and the dictatorship of the corporations.

    January 22, 2010 by politicalsnapshots.wordpress.com

    The Supreme Court, and the dictatorship of the corporations.

    “It is a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans,” President Obama.

    “The Court’s ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the nation.” Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

    As if the chocking and oppressive corporate influence in the U.S. politics is not enough. As if the majority of our elected officials are not in the pockets of corporate interests. As if the millions of dollars needed to run a competitive campaign for governor and congressional elections have not made politicians dependent on the generosity of the corporations. As if the hundred of millions of dollars needed for presidential election did not skew the political landscape towards the corporate interests already, the Supreme Court of the U.S. ruled that corporations can spend as much money as they wish, without any limits, to support or oppose political candidates running for office.

    It is clear, that the influence of money in U.S. politics has damaged the democratic process in the country. The power of corporations on the political institutions has made citizens feel impotent. With millions of unemployed, with rising foreclosures, and mounting economic insecurity, our politicians are not focusing in finding ways to improve these dire predicaments. Rather, their total energy is spent in finding new ways of making their corporate masters happy. After all, corporations are not spending billions of dollars a year on no return. When they are investing billions on our so-called elected officials, corporations know what the profit is going to be.

    Political Parties, the Democrats, as well as the Republicans have sold the interests of the people that voted them in to office, for cool cash. Corporations have made the outcome of elections to be dependent on huge amounts of money. This has corrupted the political system. The consequence, of course, has been a continuous erosion of the democratic system.

    With this pro corporate ruling, what the Supreme Court of The United States has done is to put out the last flicker of a democratic light. The ruling is also a threat to freedom and equality as we know it. And, most of all, in one stroke, the Supreme Court has paved the way for the dictatorship of the corporation.

    Professor Mekonen Haddis.

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  6. IBXer

    January 25, 2010 at 11:11 am

    People might take you people more seriously if you didn’t sound like a mob of dopped up idiots. This is the reason you guys are loosing the argument on virtually every single aspect of Obama’s agenda.

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