I hope you saw the news that two Koch brothers plan to spend $900 million ($450 million each) on the 2016 political campaign. That puts an interesting twist on the idea of democracy. I’m sure that when our forefathers declared that “all men are created equal” they did not anticipate electoral campaigns in which one person would be able to contribute a sum that is 10,000 times what the average American wage earner is paid in a year.
Since the typical person cannot contribute all of their annual earnings to political campaigns this really means that each Koch brother has approximately one million times the influence of the typical American voter. You can thank our U.S. Supreme Court for this twisted interpretation of the U.S. Constitution – when they decided that free speech meant being able to spend money freely on campaigns, rather than being able to write a letter or cast a vote. It doesn’t matter if the Koch brothers are liberal or conservative – they shouldn’t be able to overwhelm the influence of a typical American wage earner by a factor of one million. And don’t tell me they don’t expect some significant favors back from the politicians they donate to; I don’t believe anyone can truly be stupid enough to believe that!