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01-22-2010, 09:32 PM, unions freed to spend big on elections

(01-22) 10:57 PST WASHINGTON (AP) --

A bitterly divided Supreme Court vastly increased the power of big business and unions to influence government decisions by freeing them to spend their millions directly to sway elections for president and Congress.

The Thursday ruling reversed a century-long trend to limit the political muscle of corporations, organized labor and their massive war chests. It also recast the political landscape just as crucial midterm election campaigns are getting under way.

In its sweeping 5-4 ruling, the court set the stage for a wave of likely repercussions — from new pressures on lawmakers to heed special interest demands to increasingly boisterous campaigns featuring highly charged ads that drown out candidate voices.

The election-season blizzard of ads on Americans TV screens is bound to increase.

While the full consequences of the decision were hard to measure, politicians made clear whom they believed benefited. Democrats, led by President Barack Obama, condemned the decision while Republicans cheered it.Odd how the "Republican" Supreme Court is so generous with the First Amendment when it directly benefits their party, but otherwise pretend it doesn't exist.

Why don't we just get rid of the useless middlemen, and directly put the CEOs of the major companies in Congress and the White House? It would be a lot more efficient.

01-23-2010, 01:14 AM
Pretty depressing, I know. :(

If you ever get a chance, read Red Mars/Green Mars/Blue Mars. It's about the colonization of mars but there are these enormous transnational corporations exploiting their power in various countries to do whatever they want on Mars. Really good books on a lot of levels but as I read them I get depressed because it seems like in the 10 years since I last read them, the book is coming more true (except for colonizing mars!).

01-23-2010, 10:44 AM
Whatever you tell yourself to think you're not a corporate shill when you pull the lever for democrats....

01-26-2010, 01:21 AM
politicians made clear whom they believed benefited
What language is this in?

I friggen hate the AP, language bastards.

What is the object of that clause, where is the preposition?

It should be WHO, not whom.

Dumbing down of the language. They might as well start printing their crap in Esperanto. "Me are gud".