Mon Mar 12, 2012, 02:42 PM
Galraedia (4,146 posts)
A Mitt Romney billionaire, Ken Griffin, thinks hoi oligoi just don't have enough political influence
Source: Daily Kos
It isn't bad enough that the mega-rich have a stranglehold on so many of "our" politicians. Plus an accompanying tight grip on the process we still dare to call, in our more optimistic moments, democracy. They also have to whine about how the system is stacked against them.
Check out one of Mitt Romney's billionaire angels, for instance. He's Chicago-based hedge-fund manager Ken Griffin, a self-described Reagan Republican who was 20 years old when Reagan left office. Griffin and his wife, Anne, have poured $1.5 million into the Koch Brothers' super PAC, Americans for Prosperity, and $150,000 into Restore Our Future, Romney's super PAC. Plus a few hundred thousand for right-wing causes here and a few hundred thousand for right-wing causes there. They also contributed $200,000 to the mayoral campaign of Rahm Emanuel.
But his political largesse isn't having as much impact as he thinks it ought to:
Do you think the ultrawealthy have an inordinate or inappropriate amount of influence on the political process?
A. I think they actually have an insufficient influence. Those who have enjoyed the benefits of our system more than ever now owe a duty to protect the system that has created the greatest nation on this planet.
Q.So do you or don't you think the public should know if you're giving this money?
A. My public policy hat says transparency is valuable. On the flip side, this is a very sad moment in my lifetime. This is the first time class warfare has really been embraced as a political tool. Because we are looking at an administration that has embraced class warfare as being politically expedient, I do worry about the publicity that comes with being willing to both with my dollars and, more importantly, with my voice to stand for what I believe in.
Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Decades of decoupling middle-class incomes from economic growth, increasing impoverishment, near-record levels of income and wealth inequality, 35 years of deregulation and lousy enforcement of the regulations that remain, union-busting, off-shoring of jobs and upward transfer of wealth via the tax laws have nothing to do with class warfare. All that's just the natural order. And anybody who tries to upset the natural order—by re-regulating financial institutions, for instance, no matter how modestly—has clearly got it in for "job creators." Not to mention the nation's founders.
Read more: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/12/1073590/-A-Mitt-Romney-billionaire-Ken-Griffin-thinks-he-and-his-pals-don-t-have-enough-political-influence?via=blog_1
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A Mitt Romney billionaire, Ken Griffin, thinks hoi oligoi just don't have enough political influence (Original post)
Response to Galraedia (Original post)
Mon Mar 12, 2012, 02:51 PM
EC (12,287 posts)
2. So how does this work?
They are giving more to the pols than they would pay in taxes with Dems in office, so what are they saving? The reason they want repubs is to save them money, so they hand the money over to the repubs to get lower tax and less regulations (to save money), so what are they gaining if they are giving more to the pols than they'd save with the policies they want the pols to enact?
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Mon Mar 12, 2012, 03:04 PM
groundloop (4,448 posts)
4. Actually, I read an article indicating that buying politicians is very lucrative
I wish I could remember where I read it, but someone did a study of how much large corporations spent lobbying and buying politicians versus the size of tax breaks bestowed upon them. Most large corporations made a very handsome return on investment by buying politicians