Maryann Tobin

In the post Citizens United world of American politics, right-wing conservatives are pouring more money into SuperPACs than their Democratic counterparts. The bigger question is why does the right wing feel the need to try to buy the 2012 elections?

One answer is tax reform. The mega-rich who are funding 2012 election year SuperPAC's stand to gain the most if Republican proposed tax reforms go into effect. For example, the newly released Rep. Paul Ryan budget would put $256,000 in the wallets of millionaires.

Forbes reports, “The tax cuts in Paul Ryan’s 2013 budget plan would result in huge benefits for high-income people and very modest—or no— benefits for low income working households, according to a new analysis by the Tax Policy Center.”

Furthermore, any rollbacks of pollution and safety regulations also means money in the pockets of CEOs and their stockholders. Corporations have routinely balked at being required to comply with clean air and clean water standards, as well as worker safety measures, because it costs them money they would rather add to their bottom line.

The best way to buy new laws that work in your favor is to buy the politician who wins the election. The biggest campaign contributors then call in the biggest favors.

“Billionaire political patrons filled the coffers of the presidential 'super PACs' last month, spotlighting once again the enormous influence a tiny cadre of wealthy donors is having on the 2012 race,” according to the LA Times.

There are literally a handful of very wealthy people doing most of the SuperPAC contributing. That means that rather than having the America people make honest choices about who will govern them, the airwaves will be flooded with pro-big business propaganda worded so that the average voter is mad to believe that it ultra-conservative policy will somehow benefit them.

This strategy worked in the 2010 election, but voters quickly found themselves with supporters remorse. Within two years, the new Republican controlled Congress scored the lowest approval rating in history at just 11%.

If the average American had a true say in who they sent to Washington, they would likely send representative far more liberal than they think. Polls show that 70% of Americans support programs like Medicare and Social Security. But conservative Republicans don't.

That brings us back to the SuperPAC's and the people who fun them. The programs that the American people want are expensive, but could be easily funded with a more fair tax schedule. That means more taxes for those with the most money.

In reality, there is little reason for the wealthy to care about the healthcare or their retirement incomes of average Americans because it is not something they personally lack, and the attitude of "greed is good" has been fostered by conservatives for decades. They call anyone who wants to balance the playing field “Socialists,” because it's a scary word that conjures images of Hitler and the former Soviet Union. By employing the same type of propaganda, conservatives are attempting to achieve the goal of absolute power – over the economy, social issues and how gets healthcare and who does not.

There is a saying that has held true for centuries and it remains the essence of the three branches of the U.S. government. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. And what do you suppose letting a handful of millionaires pour unlimited amounts of money in U.S. political campaigns will achieve?

You don't have to be a political scientists to find the answer to that one. It will lead to the corruption of absolute power.


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