Original Link: http://www.blufftontoday.com/bluffton-opinion/2012-10-03/big-money-america-it-again-bribes
By SHERRY MCKNIGHT
Court rulings have allowed an obscene amount of money to corrupt U.S.
elections. Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan contributors include American
millionaires and billionaires and “anonymous” foreign backers who expect
huge returns on their investments, buying “behind the curtain” control.
President Obama’s unfriendly rhetoric threatening enforced regulation
has resulted in 21Wall Street bankers switching their allegiance to
Romney promising “no rules!” Obama believes, “politicians who spend too
much time among the wealthy risk losing touch with the hardship of the
99 percent I entered public life to serve.”
Democrats generalize that liberals make political donations for
altruistic reasons, whereas Republicans campaign contributors often make
self-serving investments to protect future profits.
Tea Party funders/puppet-masters David and Charles Koch, purposely
“buy Congress, fund any lie, fight any law, bust any union, despoil any
landscape (Koch Industries is a Top 10 polluter) or shirk any tax burden
to push their free-market religion to increase profits.” - Rolling
Koch billionaires recruited Paul Ryan in early 2000s and may have
‘encouraged’ his VP selection. The Kochs detest the EPA and need
favorable treatment regarding Justice Department (DOJ) international
criminal investigations — see below.
SuperPac donor, mega-homebuilder, Texas billionaire Bob Perry,
emphatically opposes EPA and consumer safeguards which affect his
profits. Homebuyers, beware.
Texas billionaire, Harold Simmons, promises to “invest” $36 million
to defeat Obama. Harold plans a subterranean nuclear waste dump in
Andrews County, Texas, but he needs to abolish pollution regulations
protecting the Ogallala Aquifer, the massive, shallow underground
reservoir directly beneath the toxic contaminant dump.
Billionaire Sheldon Adelson demands durable pro-Israel policies and,
with Vegas, Macau, and Singapore casinos, he’s purchasing favorable
tax/trade policies, IRS audit exemption, DOJ corruption amnesty,
permanent tax credits for overseas profits, and estate tax elimination —
Obama proposes ending these hand-outs. Adelson’s proposed $100 million
Romney/Ryan investment could reward him 2000 percent.
Romney’s energy adviser, multi-state oilman Harold Hamm covets
guaranteed fossil fuel subsidies, plus the EPA’s demise. Jim Davis, New
Balance CEO, could garner Pentagon sneaker contracts with $1 million
donation; Foster Friess pushes intolerant “Christian” policies; and
Islamaphobic Frank Gaffney spreads hate in print.
DOJ investigates U.S. companies for criminal violations committed
under Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, working with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. Several RNC mega-donors are currently struggling
with corruption investigations, securities penalties, and IRS audits
which the “right” Attorney General and impotent SEC would alleviate.
The Waltons are battling bribery allegations in their Mexico Walmart
empire. DOJ is investigating Adelson’s Macau casino operations, the
world’s biggest gambling hub where a former empire executive has alleged
illegal dealings with Chinese officials, including ties to organized
The Kochs foreign hazard is damning evidence of improper payments,
dating to 2002, securing contracts in six countries through their
Koch-Glitsch French affiliate. Another sticky Koch Industries wicket
involves foreign subsidiaries selling mega-millions in petrochemical
equipment to Iran. “Papa” Fred Koch perfected the family business
prototype under Stalin, then founded the John Birch Society.
GOP candidates will kowtow to benefactors coveting retention of
preferential tax treatment and unfettered finance opportunities.
Environmentally, “big money” manufacturing, mining, and drilling crave
freedom from regulations which monitor heavily polluting/cancer-causing
processes, threatening profits.
“Corporate GOP” doesn’t care about Smitty’s Paint Shop employees,
endangered by lung-damaging pollutants, though rhetoric might convince
Smitty his small business costs are championed. Big profit polluters
As Romney’s puppet-masters pull his strings, behind-the-scenes Karl
Rove, Grover Norquist, NRA, Chamber of Commerce, Defense contractors
will insure corporate supremacy always trumps working class concerns.
“Obama’s anti-capitalism socialism” has enriched more than 400 U.S.
billionaires. Of 33 billionaire donors, 30 finance Romney/Ryan, who must
decide — benefactors or country? Imagine if these billionaires had
invested in ending poverty in America over pure self-interest — their
return on investment would be millions of thriving American customers.
Republican America is big money America, where most of us will simply
experience a steeper uphill struggle. Monied manipulators each have but
one vote — you must decide if their bribes are acceptable payment for