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Spreme Beings as the Powers that Be.Posted Saturday, June 30, 2012, at 3:21 PM
Some of you may remember when your Civics teacher spoke of the three arms of our government. She/He identified them as the Administrative, the Legislative and the Judicial. Our teacher told us that the nine members of the Supreme Court were the final court of appeal. These judges were to be completely fair with no partisan politics playing any role in their decisions.
For decades, it seemed we could rely on these nine judges to do pretty much the right thing. However, since the Warren Commission, the "Powers that Be" seem to have been heading south on some very important decisions. In 2000, we allowed them to elect our president. In 2010, we allowed them to pass a decision that says, in effect, that corporations are people, too, otherwise known as the "Citizens United" (CU) decision.
These corporations can give millions of dollars without any limits to back the candidate of their choice and we weren't even sure who these "people" were. However, thanks to "Common Cause"* and "The Hightower Lowdown"** we now know the names of these big spenders.
Here's the list of the nine megabucks' masters:
1. Sheldon Adelson, (worth $21.5 million) built his fortune on gaming. He runs the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.
2. Harold Simmons, (worth 5.2 million) owns Waste Control Specialists, who build nuclear waste dumps.
3. Bob Perry, (worth $4.1million) made his money in homebuilding.
4. Peter Thief (billionaire) is the CEO of PayPal Inc.
5. William Dore (near billionaire) is chief of Dore Energy, an oil and gas corporation.
6. Foster Friess (a multimillionaire) made his money in stock speculation ie.Brandywine Fund.
7. Steven Lund, a former president of Nu-Skin (a Utah-based vitamin-supplement-ointment direct marketer.)
8. Charles Koch (a billionaire) is half owner of Koch Industries.
9. David Koch (a billionaire) is the other half owner of Koch Industries.
So, in 2012, we will probably be thanking or cursing these nine billionaires for electing our president with the "outstanding" help of our Supreme Court and especially Justice Anthony Kennedy, who cast the deciding vote for the 2000 election and the (CU) vote in 2010.
*Common Clause is helping to draw attention to the unprecedented amount of corporate and special interest spending on influencing election outcomes. They are pushing the cause called Amend 2012 to rally public support for an urgently needed constitutional amendment in your state and nationwide. Go to www.commoncause.org to learn more about Amend 2012.
The Hightower Lowdown, edited by Jim Hightower and Phillip Frazer at www.hightowerlowdown.org.
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I'm Enid. No, not the town in Oklahoma, but a transplant to Eureka Springs from Minneapolis fourteen years ago. I'm a writer, journalist and sometime artist. My real love is expressing my opinions on almost any subject, as you have seen in my many letters to the Editor of The Lovely County Citizen over the years. Now, I'm happy to say that I will be writing a blog titled In a Twist for your amusement, amazement or commiseration. Thanks for giving me a read.