A brilliant piece by Lofgren, the kind that underscores how being “pro-business” does not mean being a supporter of the new American Plutocracy. A sample quote:
Our plutocracy now lives like the British in colonial India: in the place and ruling it, but not of it. If one can afford private security, public safety is of no concern; if one owns a Gulfstream jet, crumbling bridges cause less apprehension—and viable public transportation doesn’t even show up on the radar screen. With private doctors on call and a chartered plane to get to the Mayo Clinic, why worry about Medicare?
The question facing the nation, then, is why have we allowed an elite to build a disproportionate influence on our society, in contravention to everything for which our Constitution stands?
What we need to do now is draw a line from this disturbing, anti-democratic trend to the Supreme Court decision on Citizens United and the wider issue of campaign finance. Because the problem is not patricians-as-candidates: some of our best presidents have been men of independent means. The problem is the influence of money at every level of our political system on both sides of the aisle, and how it gives the extremely wealthy the opportunity to undermine our one-man-one-vote system.
The Koch brothers, Rupert Murdoch, and their ilk will not be amused. Me, I’m delighted to see this in AmCon.