Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton Robert Reich speaks against the deliberately opaque campaign contribution laws ( which were recently futher gutted by the Supreme Court) which combined with increasing disparities of wealth are allowing the super wealthy to easily and secretly buy influence and politicians.
Not only is income and wealth in America more concentrated in fewer hands than it’s been in 80 years, but those hands are buying our democracy as never before – and they’re doing it behind closed doors.
Right now we’re headed for a perfect storm: An unprecedented concentration of income and wealth at the top, a record amount of secret money flooding our democracy, and a public in the aftershock of the Great Recession becoming increasingly angry and cynical about government. The three are obviously related.
He lists several things we all can do to stop this outrage and corruption of our government. Read his whole post.
My own slight quibble with his view is that he implies this corruption is coming from the right. I say both parties are equally complicit and corrupted.
I don’t think it’s equal. Republicans are definitely getting more of the money. That doesn’t mean the Democrats are anything close to guiltless, though.