Stew of corruption: Just add politicians, cash, and simmer.

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Last night, Rachel Maddow did a segment on several recent corruption scandals involving state level politicians, in this case Democrats. It was pretty jaw-dropping. Included in her report was the arrest yesterday of California State Sen. Leland Yee:

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This morning, I came across this Los Angeles Times article about Yee and noticed this:

Democrat Derek Cressman, one of Yee's opponents in the secretary of state race, called his arrest a "wake-up call."

"We are clearly beyond the point of looking at one bad apple and instead looking at a corrupt institution in the California Senate," Cressman said. "The constant begging for campaign cash clearly has a corrosive effect on a person's soul and the only solution is to get big money out of our politics once and for all."

Then I saw this Los Angeles Times editorial:

This page has been firm in its opposition to the NRA's abject disdain of the public good in pursuing its warped view of the 2nd Amendment's right to bear arms and its bullying approach to the political process. But the blame for this national insanity should not be placed entirely on the NRA. Politicians respond to the group's pressure out of fear, knowing that their jobs often depend on low-turnout, one-party primaries in which fringe passions are amplified.

In other words, if politicians don't respond to the NRA's bullying, they can kiss their donations good-bye, and some other extremist will win the cash... and the day.

Thank you Supreme Court and Citizens United, for turning campaign finance laws on their heads, for allowing super PACs and billionaires to call the shots and buy our elections, and for giving toxic organizations like the NRA the leeway to exert their influence on election outcomes. The result? More corruption and less democracy.

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  • paullwolborsky

    You know, if you made $100/hour and had full-time work, and somehow didn't have to spend any of it to pay bills, and you worked for 40 years, you would have about $64M in the bank. Pretty good. But not Mitt Romney's $250M or the Koch's $40B.

    The big problem is Work have been totally and completely trumped by Equity. Who'd want to slave 40 years for $64M when you can make a $4B commission on a hedge fund sale in a day. Or you can rake in a billion a year without doing any work at all cause Daddy Walton built Wal-mart? It is Equity that turns CEO's from a Manufacturer into a Wall Street Gamer who'd burn down his Company for a quick $100M rather than make it 2 centers at a time by stamping the world's finest shower rings.

    Wall Street have corrupted our Economic system, making Money our greatest American Product. This inspires greed everywhere. While honest people who work for a living, drown. Every cloud has a silver lining, except Crooked Billionaires replaced them with lead.

    Excuse me, I gotta go buy a lottery ticket. Have a wonderful day. ;D

  • RepublicanSwine

    Justice Kennedy's words will live in infamy in his rationale on Citizens United ..

    “We now conclude that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.”