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Robert Reich: 6 things to do in a dark hour

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“Fight lies with truth….”

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What did we learn from Antonin Scalia’s death?

By Jim Hightower, 3/8/16

How curious that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in, of all places, an exclusive, West Texas hunting lodge.

Curioser yet, all expenses for hizzonor’s February stay were paid by the lodge’s owner, John Poindexter. He’s a Houston manufacturing mogul who had won a favorable ruling from the Court in an age-discrimination case last year. In another curiosity, the names of some 35 other people who were in Scalia’s hunting party are being kept secret. Moreover, the late judge (an ardent promoter of corporate supremacy over people’s rights) was flown to the Texas getaway for free aboard someone’s or some corporations’ private jet, but the name of this generous benefactor has also been withheld. Curious, huh?

This is not a murder mystery – by all accounts, Scalia died of natural causes. Rather it’s a moral mystery. Who was buying (or repaying) favors from such an enormously-powerful member of America’s highest court?…

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Arizona, the Supreme Court and the End of Gerrymandering

By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout, 7/1/15

Whatever else may be said, none can argue that it has been a boring run of days in the rarefied air of the Supreme Court. Tax subsidies salvaged to save the ACA, gay marriage established in all fifty states, the Fair Housing Act of 1968 upheld, the “three strikes” federal sentencing law dealt a blow, and the attempt by Texas to enact a wholesale closure of abortion clinics thwarted.

Of course, they also ruled that health concerns over mercury in your drinking water are less important than corporate profits, and that the state killing condemned prisoners in agonizing fashion with sub-standard death drugs is acceptable. A mixed bag, to be sure, but it hasn’t been dull.

Their redistricting ruling, however, may be the most consequential of all, and that is saying something. It will take a bit of time in the telling to explain why….

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Two thoughts from Sinclair and Hightower

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 12/18/14

Upton Sinclair said in 1935:

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”

Do we need to know more to see why, in the age of Citizens United, the US Congress doesn’t want to understand anything scientific except the science of gerrymandering

So let’s update to:

“It is difficult to get Congress to understand global warming, when its reelection depends upon not understanding it!”

Jim Hightower asked, in “The Hightower Lowdown,” July 2014: “If the government says that money is speech, and more money can buy more speech, doesn’t that mean that speech is not free?”

That would be the Supreme Court, those nine immortals who are almost the most important branch of the government, because they can tell the other two branches what they can and cannot do, especially when those two have trouble coexisting on the tree.

Corporations run on the principle that the more shares you own, the more votes you cast. So by that reasoning the more money you have, the more votes you should have, right? Now there, Mr. Chief Justice, is an idea whose time is rapidly coming, if you and your friends choose to give it a push.

I didn’t even make that one up. See “Tom Perkins: People With More Money Should Get More Votes” by Jillian Berman, Huffington Post, 2/14/14. Here’s the gist of the controversial venture capitalist’s idea: “The Tom Perkins system is: You don’t get to vote unless you pay a dollar of taxes…. You pay a million dollars in taxes, you get a million votes.”

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