RSN April 14 Fundraising
FB Share
Email This Page
add comment
Print

Cole writes: "It would be bad enough, as I reported last week, that 47 billionaires were responsible for the lion's share of individual Super PAC contributions. It turns out that the Super PACs aren't even the biggest players."

Juan Cole; blogger, essayist and professor of history. (photo: Informed Comment)
Juan Cole; blogger, essayist and professor of history. (photo: Informed Comment)



Anonymous Billionaires Are Stealing Your Election

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment

20 August 12

 

t would be bad enough, as I reported last week, that 47 billionaires were responsible for the lion's share of individual Super PAC contributions. It turns out that the Super PACs aren't even the biggest players.

The biggest players are the dark money PACs, which do not have to reveal the sources of their funding.

If we just look at the television ads bankrolled by the top six sources of funding, we make a startling discovery, which Kim Barker reported on in these pages last week.

The 'dark money' PACs are outspending everyone else. Crossroads GPS, founded by Karl Rove and backed by anonymous big-money donors, has bought negative attack ads against President Obama to the tune of $52 million! The Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity spent $20.6 million. The political parties and the Super PACs, which have to identify the source of their funds, are making a much smaller contribution.

Moreover if you look at the WaPo infographic under 'who's going negative,' you find that 100% of the ads paid for by $52 million from Crossroads GPS are negative! Likewise all $20.5 million spent by the Koch Brothers-founded Americans for Prosperity went to attack ads. In contrast, about half of the ads paid for by Barack Obama were negative.

The Dark Money PACs are not only continuing to spend like a drunken sailor, they are making it up as they go along, solely funding negative images and falsehoods.

It shouldn't be allowed in the United States of America for a handful of billionaires to buy the election.

It certainly shouldn't be allowed for them to do so anonymously.

 

Comments   

We are concerned about a recent drift towards vitriol in the RSN Reader comments section. There is a fine line between moderation and censorship. No one likes a harsh or confrontational forum atmosphere. At the same time everyone wants to be able to express themselves freely. We'll start by encouraging good judgment. If that doesn't work we'll have to ramp up the moderation.

General guidelines: Avoid personal attacks on other forum members; Avoid remarks that are ethnically derogatory; Do not advocate violence, or any illegal activity.

Remember that making the world better begins with responsible action.

- The RSN Team

 
+76 # LeeBlack 2012-08-20 09:26
A graph is so effective. Obviously these donors have a vested interest in electing Romney (or defeating Obama).
 
 
-73 # HowardMH 2012-08-20 11:19
Graphs are effective, a shame they are not being shown on National TV. Just maybe, some of the Stupid People would get it, but then they would have to actually watch the news instead Dancing with the Stars and Bachlor Pad - couldn't have that.

As Forest said, "Stupid Is as Stupid Does" and we got a whole lot of stupid out there just letting this crap happen.
This Marine said it a lot better than I could:
"The danger to America is not (solely) Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency... Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of Idiots such as those who made him their president." - A U.S. Marine
 
 
+62 # dickbd 2012-08-20 12:36
It really does not give credibility to a ridiculous statement by saying that it was uttered by some marine. At least, it shouldn't. Obama has his faults, but he is no fool. He is an intelligent and articulate man--especially compared to our last president! In any case, the point is about plutocrats buying the election. Whenever we are talking about principles, conservatives try to switch the subject to personalities.
 
 
+23 # CL38 2012-08-20 12:55
Stupid speaks as stupid thinks.
 
 
+11 # ghostperson 2012-08-21 15:51
We survived draft dodging idiots: Bush II and Cheney both of whom were war zone adverse. Too good to go themselves but not too good to send other people's children. I am in their age group. Only the privileged didn't have to go fight. My husband is a combat veteran, volunteer, not drafted. He volunteered twice. Spare me the sanctimonious preaching about inexperience. Bush II didn't even take his flight physicals while in the champagne unit of the Guard, after jumping over 500 people ahead of him, because he couldn't pass the piss test. Cheney got 4 student deferments and when summoned by the draft board again resorted to getting Lynne pregnant to avoid fighting for his country. Cheney gave draft dodging new meaning. How draft dodgers claim credentials as hawks is beyond me. Hypocrits, nothing but hypocrits. The man with the zipper problem, Clinton, wasn't a hypocrit. He just said up front, "I ain't going." My Dad was a WWII vet. A friend of his, a vet also, ripped the flag off his dead son's coffin when it was shipped home. His son died for nothing.

Mission accomplished my ample behind.
 
 
+44 # davidr 2012-08-20 09:32
Right. SCOTUS, rightly or wrongly, says that money=speech, but it has also said that disclosure requirements (who is speaking here?) are permissible. There's no constitutional impediment to requiring speakers and media outlets to make full disclosure of the ultimate funding sources of advertising and other paid political speech. (We already have truth-in-advert ising statutes.) If the speaker refused such disclosure, then the publisher or broadcaster could not legally run the piece. Since "speakers" have so much money, they could theoretically make law-breaking worthwhile for the publisher. So, penalties would have to involve full disgorgement of illicit revenue, plus X %, increasing with each successive violation, and with imprisonment of parties responsible for accepting reimbursement of the fines.
 
 
-25 # Virginia 2012-08-20 09:36
Look at it this way - at least their money is in retail* circulation...

And if Obama would come to his senses and distance himself from his Wall Street pals, fire Geithner and call a moratorium on foreclosures, evictions and deficiencies and seriously investigate the bank frauds - he'd have the 84 Million families (= 210 million people) who have fraudulent mortgages rallying behind him - which would cause the billionaires to spend more money.

Actually, the billionaire political advertising expenditures are better than taxes because it's in retail circulation ...not paying government salaries first.

*In retail circulation each dollar turn over approx. 20 times.
 
 
+46 # Virginia 2012-08-20 10:14
Maybe you didn't get the point I was making - or I wasn't clear enough for some to comprehend the message. Obama needs to do something benevolent in order to draw attention because he can't compete with the billionaire $$$.

It wouldn't matter how much the billionaires spend (which is good for the retail marketplace rather than hoarding) because he'd be positively impacting the majority of Americans.
 
 
+3 # ghostperson 2012-08-21 15:53
I got your point and also was suprised by the thumbs down.
 
 
+58 # Barbara K 2012-08-20 10:24
Just don't vote Republican at any level. We can show the billionaires and millionaires that our country is not for sale to them. If they want to buy a country, they will have to buy a different one, as we will not sell America to them.
 
 
+27 # Virginia 2012-08-20 10:42
The philosophy is great - the reality is that the economy is so bad people just do not care if they vote...and that's not good.

The depression movie has been going on way too long - we need Barry to change into Batman and start exterminating the Jokers he's been surrounded with for the last 4 years.
 
 
+21 # X Dane 2012-08-20 19:53
Virginia.
PLEASEe don't play the republican song. Yes, the economy is bad. For 8 years it was systematically destroyed by Bush, Cheney. It is not possible to fix that in three and a half year. ESPECIALLY with the republicans working VERY HARD to sink our boat.

It would have been hard WITH them co-operating... .... With the constant sabotage??.... next to impossible. Which is why we HAVE to CLEAN HOUSE.

Obama is NOT superman or batman. He needs help in the house and senate. I sure wish America would realize that... BEFORE it is too late.

If Romney won, you all would be in for a VERY rude awakening. If you think things are bad now?? YOU AINT SEEN NUTTEN YET.....BUSH ON STEROIDS
 
 
+21 # robniel 2012-08-20 11:31
Boycott works. Look at the advertisers Limburger and Beck lost because of customer unrest. I had reservations at the Venetian in Las Vegas until Adelson stuck his nose into the GOP toilet. Now there's a prince (spelled right?); he's looking for a GOP winner to get him out of legal trouble with the government. He freely admits his "contributions" are "investments" to combat huge potential penalties.
 
 
+2 # ghostperson 2012-08-21 15:58
No, you would see the Mormon church on steroids. Do some history on the Department of Interior and see who is in control public land land adjudication.

Haven't you figured out yet that Romney, the near catatonic, wooden man, is the Manchurian candidate?
 
 
+2 # Hey There 2012-08-20 11:56
And it was the Democrat Senators who voted for S1789 that passed this law that slammed the postal workers and mail service for the public, 47 democrats with only 13 voting in favor of the law while 33 Republicans voted AGAINST it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsPIY9bFFZY

(To view video copy and paste in Google search window
 
 
+6 # davidr 2012-08-20 14:40
Wow, that's an unpersuasive video.

Voting yes: 47 Dems (including all who are most closely identified with the labor movement), 2 Ind, 13 Reps.

No: 33 Reps, 4 Dems.

For the most part, supporters of the bill are seeking to prevent catastrophic effects of W's attempt to bankrupt the USPS by accelerating its pension funding (thereby crippling the unions). In addition, the bill puts some restraints and review mechanisms in place relative to closure of postal facilities that USPS has been forced to contemplate. Postal workers' unions have opposed one of the arbitration provisions of the bill, but it is hardly a deal-killer (see committee report cited below). Generally, of course, USPS faces a big economic problem: less mail going to more addresses. The bill tries to mitigate some of the pain and improve the procedures involved in addressing that problem, but it is not intended as a global solution.

See site below. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee report is item #15:

http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/search/?q=1789&search-button=Search&access=p&as_dt=i&as_epq=&as_eq=&as_lq=&as_occt=any&as_oq=&as_q=&as_sitesearch=&client=hsgac&sntsp=0&filter=0&getfields=&lr=&num=15&numgm=3&oe=UTF8&output=xml_no_dtd&partialfields=&proxycustom=&proxyreload=0&proxystylesheet=default_frontend&requiredfields=&sitesearch=&sort=date%3AD%3AS%3Ad1&start=0&ud=1
 
 
+63 # James Marcus 2012-08-20 10:44
Publicly Funded Elections. NO private 'contributions' . Equal advertising for all viable candidates.
LET"S STOP THE MONKEY BUSINESS, and the purchase of Public Policy. Period.
 
 
+21 # Onterryo 2012-08-20 11:47
I have pushed this suggestion for decades. I doubt it will ever happen because then the Republicans would have to rely on providing well thought policies with supporting verifiable data, i.e. negative campaigning without unlimited dollars will have a limited effect. They never have, and never will, be able to do it. And, even if the funding from the billionaires was cut off, what do you do with FOX??
 
 
-11 # Granny Weatherwax 2012-08-20 12:39
You are not proposing the US follow France's example, are you?
 
 
-11 # barbaratodish 2012-08-20 10:59
So if ANONYMOUS BILLIONAIRES are stealing our election, NAMED millionaires are providing the media to help them do so and named blogger/ professors, like Juan Cole are too egotistical, too dramatic to provide ANY positive alternatives, except "DON'T VOTE REPUBLICAN!" DEMOCRAT BILLIONAIRES, MILLIONAIRES are all so similar to REPUBICANS! Perhaps what we need is to determine HOW to turn money into the emotional defensiveness it is, by telling the billionaires and the millionaires, Republican, Democrat AND Independents, that instead of having their billions, millions OR even mere thousands of dollars, their billions, millions and thousands of dollars HAVE THEM! But, unfortunately, only the POOR the REALLY REALLY poor, would BE in that category TO laugh, and the poor, the really really poor are too busy struggling to survive to spend precious time laughing!
 
 
+15 # Onterryo 2012-08-20 12:12
Usually I like reading your responses, but not this time. Juan Cole is simply bringing the facts to our attention. Many people still do not know or understand or care that the .01% is trying to buy the election. Cole is also letting us know that this travesty is worsened, and perhaps encouraged, by the SCOTUS ruling and legislation that permits these donors to be anonymous. Obviously, concerned citizens should be pressuring their representatives and candidates to take a stance in support of legislation to overturn the ruling. The alternative is to wait until a more intelligent SCOTUS can be given the opportunity to overturn this abomination. The rest of your diatribe does not further the cause of progressives.
 
 
-9 # barbaratodish 2012-08-20 14:33
Quoting Onterryo:
Usually I like reading your responses, but not this time. Juan Cole is simply bringing the facts to our attention. Many people still do not know or understand or care that the .01% is trying to buy the election. Cole is also letting us know that this travesty is worsened, and perhaps encouraged, by the SCOTUS ruling and legislation that permits these donors to be anonymous. Obviously, concerned citizens should be pressuring their representatives and candidates to take a stance in support of legislation to overturn the ruling. The alternative is to wait until a more intelligent SCOTUS can be given the opportunity to overturn this abomination. The rest of your diatribe does not further the cause of progressives.

Maybe the reason that there IS so much voter, etc., apathy is because of ALL the negativity, and all the FALSE "positivity", too! We desperately need political candidates (and all of us including SCOTUS) to start RISKING to ALLOW our EMOTIONALLY VULNERABLE SELVES to emerge, namely we need to become COMFORTABLE instead of ANXIOUS about THE POWER OF/IN EMOTIONAL VULNERABILITY, because that is where THE ONLY REAL POSITIVITY EXISTS) All other "communication" is mere drama and/or ego.
 
 
+10 # LML 2012-08-20 12:28
Juan Coles is "egotistical"?
Maybe I'm really stupid or don't have enough background, but I don;t get it....
 
 
-13 # barbaratodish 2012-08-20 14:39
Quoting LML:
Juan Coles is "egotistical"?
Maybe I'm really stupid or don't have enough background, but I don;t get it....

Juan Coles says (in effect j Billionaires, just do what you are doing only own up to it, by acknowledging your name! That, to me is egotistical, because he is judging that by getting the anonymous donors to "cop" to a name, he is accomplishing something! That is arrogant, and egotistical! What is Juan Coles saying that makes him risk any thing? That is a form of anonymity, he himself is using!So Juan Coles is an EGOTISTICAL HYPOCRIT! lmfao
 
 
+7 # Onterryo 2012-08-21 07:24
No...he is not suggesting the anonymous donors declare their support, because obviously they will not do that. What he is saying is that we need to ensure through legislation or overturning the "Citizens" decision that the billionaires cannot hide.

What we need is for liberal progressive supporters to expand through the grassroots. Speak out, attack the conservative/GO P lies and distortions. Show how Ryanomics makes no sense and will make matters worse. Show how well austerity measures are working in the UK and Europe - NOT!. Show how the pain is not being shared with the 1% and ask your neighbour, family member or fellow worker exactly how voting Republican will make things better. Ask them if they know how many appointees by Obama have been derailed or held up by the GOP - a far greater number than any past President - so as to obstruct the President's policies and keep America from a recovery. Ask them if they know what "fascism" is and if they are not afraid for the future of the US based on a GOP/corporate alliance. How many more jobs will be outsourced? How much more in profits will go offshore? How many Americans will suffer, go bankrupt and/or die because a Republican business leader outsources American jobs, lays off the workers who now have no medical benefits. I can go on for hours but you get the idea. The time to fight is now...and Democrats should thank Obama for fighting fire with fire.
 
 
0 # barbaratodish 2012-08-21 16:13
Quoting Onterryo:
No...he is not suggesting the anonymous donors declare their support, because obviously they will not do that. What he is saying is that we need to ensure through legislation or overturning the "Citizens" decision that the billionaires cannot hide.

What we need is for liberal progressive supporters to expand through the grassroots... The time to fight is now...and Democrats should thank Obama for fighting fire with fire.

Maybe by letting anonymous billionaires know (granted it would be anonymously lol) that by remaining anonymous they are showing emotional defensiveness and even WITH all their BILLIONS of dollars, they are STILL emotionally defensive and fearful to be identified, we can, at least show that in some IMPORTANT respects, money is useless, namely all the money in the world can't BUY courage! And, as far as speaking out, I speak out, a lot! I am either misunderstood or I get extremely criticized for merely suggesting alternatives!
 
 
+1 # Douglas Jack 2012-08-20 11:00
It's established that critical-mass economies take leadership. The foundational law of America's colonial invaded land is Economic Democracy of First Nation 'Production-Soc ieties' PS. Humanity's 'Indigenous' ('self-generati ng') ancestors worldwide realized livelihood & 'tree-roots' organization (thick-penetrat ing-concerted) in multihome dwellings & the PS of each community brings together critical-mass economies. Critical-mass & participatory ownership in the multihome & PS enable universal economic suffrage to guide governance economically & politically. The colonial right & left wings are in denial of facts. The right needs to learn that; economic efficiency can not be hierarchically imposed. The left needs to learn that; Political 'democracy' (Greek = 'power of the people') by itself is a mathematical impossibility. Political democracy is always a subset of economic democracy. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/relational-economy/8-economic-democracy
 
 
+5 # ghostperson 2012-08-21 16:02
Huh?
 
 
-8 # Acupuncher 2012-08-20 11:05
VOTE OUT All Incumbents NOW... That is the Only Way To Take Back Our Socalled DEMOCRACY...
We MUST Show The RICH That Advertisements Are MEANINGLESS and a Total Waste Of Time and THEIR Money...
 
 
+27 # Lady Jane 2012-08-20 11:08
Both Barbara K and Virginia are correct in that (a) no one should vote for GOP or Teabags, but (b) many people are so discouraged, so tired of the mud-slinging and lies, that they may not turn out to vote at all. We have to get as many people aware of the dangers and to the polls as possible. Why anyone in the "98%" could possibly believe he or she would be better off under Mitt and his billionaire buddies is just totally beyond me. We gave tax breaks for a decade and the promised jobs never appeared. Record profits instead--and both profits and jobs are offshore. It's time to get everyone wised up to the dangers.
 
 
+21 # Onterryo 2012-08-20 12:19
You are free to use the following line:

Anyone from the working/middle classes voting for a Republican is comparable to a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.
 
 
-51 # jimattrell 2012-08-20 11:12
Thank goodness someone out there is willing to put up their hard earned money in a benevolent manner to save our country and outspend the liberal elite who seem to like an America consisting of only the rich (themselves) and the poor (most of who used to be middle America). Six years of Democrat rule proves that out doesn't it?
 
 
+23 # suzyskier 2012-08-20 12:11
Quoting jimattrell:
Thank goodness someone out there is willing to put up their hard earned money in a benevolent manner to save our country and outspend the liberal elite who seem to like an America consisting of only the rich (themselves) and the poor (most of who used to be middle America). Six years of Democrat rule proves that out doesn't it?



I am afraid you have been listening to Rush and Fox again. They wouldn't know the truth if it sat next to them at dinner. Rich liberals? Well sure there are wealthy liberals but I don't see them outspending the tea baggers, did you read the chart, if so where did you come up with your comments?
 
 
+17 # Onterryo 2012-08-20 12:28
Firstly, Obama's campaign in 2008 was highlighted by grassroots financial support. I am not sure what the percentage of his campaign spending came from the .01% but I am sure it is only a drop in the bucket to what Romney is receiving. So which party would be considered more democratic on the face of it? Secondly, I am good at arithmetic and 2012 - 2008 is only 4 years. I am beginning to see the problem here with all Republicans. Math is not their forte - hence Ryanomics.
 
 
+4 # X Dane 2012-08-20 20:04
James Marcus

HOW
 
 
+14 # X Dane 2012-08-20 20:14
jimatrell.

Unless you are VERY rich you are in for a rude awakening, For Romney and Co. will fleece you.
It is sad that poor and middle class republicans are not aware that their throats will be cut.

The republicans will toss you aside as so much trash once they have your vote.
They don't give a damn about you.
They ONLY want to please and help the UBER RICH.
 
 
+5 # ghostperson 2012-08-21 16:09
I too question it but then just consider them like my Dad. Fire in the belly produced smoke in his brain. Throughout my childhood, the only time my Dad was out of work was when a Republican was in office. But as a good ole boy from the Bible Belt, he was consistently able to vote for his own economic executioner because he was focused on welfare whores and their little bastards. He was killed on the job working for Bechtel and they fought liability like panthers. They had no functioning safety equipment and the ambulance that was to be there within 7 minutes of a man going down took a half hour. He loved Archie Bunker. Didn't know it was a satire. God, rest his soul.
 
 
+4 # ghostperson 2012-08-21 16:04
6 years?

To your point, 4 years of House stonewalling proves that the party of sheep kiss corporate ass.
 
 
+11 # trevorlasvegas 2012-08-20 11:19
+6 # Barbara K 2012-08-20 10:24
Just don't vote Republican at any level. We can show the billionaires and millionaires that our country is not for sale to them. If they want to buy a country, they will have to buy a different one, as we will not sell America to them.

That would be great, except THEY ALREADY OWN IT. The only purpose this farce of an election serves is to keep those not currently aware of what has happened entertained and engaged. For them to have any legitimacy at all we would first need observers from Burundi, Cuba, Iran, and the like to make sure they were administered fairly. Wake me up when it's over, and in the meantime, at least the billionaires still have to spend their money on something to perpetuate their farce. Even if it is only to lend the appearance of propriety.
 
 
+6 # janie1893 2012-08-20 11:39
A new Constitution would solve the problems. There would be chaos for a short time but the current chaos is destroying the country, America's international reputation and the national ethos. Time for renewal!
 
 
+25 # motamanx 2012-08-20 11:48
This is what Citizen's United has brought us. It needs to be undone immediately, or else the SCotUS has to be impeached.
 
 
+3 # ghostperson 2012-08-21 16:11
Term limits. They need term limits. There is no reason they cannot be applied prospectively to all justices. Nothing in the Constitution creates life tenure for SCOTUS justices.
 
 
+21 # Vardoz 2012-08-20 11:49
Yes I know and no one is in the streets, where are the teams od local people helping those to get ID cards, wherre are the people calling their reps in the red states screaming at them? Seems like the MFks are out to take everything away from us and what will the American people do about it? Roll over and play dead? I am so upset and enraged !
 
 
+14 # suzyskier 2012-08-20 12:17
Vardoz I too am furious, we must get people to help those with out ID's help in getting them. I can't even believe how blantant the R's are about this voter ID business. They must feel they will win as they aren't even shy about what they are up to. There must be a way to help these people get registered with ID's, perhaps local party reps would be a place to start. I would happily volunteer though I live in Vermont and so far haven't seen this nonsense here.
 
 
+16 # PABLO DIABLO 2012-08-20 12:01
Approximately 80% of the money spent on elections goes to media buys. Look at who owns the media before stating that the money is in retail circulation. The corporations get their money (80% of it) back and they get ALL the influence over most of the politicians. Time to boycott the corporations that are killing us.
 
 
+12 # Vardoz 2012-08-20 12:05
So our govt has taken away our right to due process and our right to a trial, they have a right to torture us, kill us imprison us, detain us indefinitely, strip search us for any reason and have taken away our right to privacy and protest peacefully and now they are taking away our right to vote! What's left? Our right to pay bills, our right to be impoverished to make sure the rich stay rich?
So Citizen United was passed so that rich donors and corporations could have free speech but can give secretly and can give as much as they want as our govt has the right to spy on every email, phone call, bank transaction and credit card charge. But people like Romney have the right not to tell us what he paid in taxes and he wants to be OUR so called president as he protects those who are trying to steal the election?
 
 
+3 # ghostperson 2012-08-21 16:13
If he is too special to have to show me how he made his money in his exalted business career, Romney is obviously too good to receive my plebian vote.
 
 
+13 # walt 2012-08-20 12:13
We are fast reaching a point where we could see open revolution since people see their government has been stolen completely by big money. After that, what hope is there?

Until Americans demand an end to lobbying and the Citizens United ruling, we are doomed to remain a plutocracy. If everyone would realize the power of the vote, we might see a beginning of change.
 
 
+12 # angelfish 2012-08-20 14:10
The deck is rigged, the game is fixed, will someone, ANYONE tell me HOW do fight back against these anonymous millions of dollars? WHY none of the guilty SCOTUS members haven't been impeached has boggled my mind since this travesty of a Citizen's United decision went into effect! If President Obama wins in November it will be a REAL rePudiation of all the Money that's been thrown at this Election and it will send a message that WE are NOT for Sale and WILL NOT be bought! Get out and VOTE, early if possible, help ALL you know to register and get to the Polls, oh yes, and never, EVER Vote ReTHUGlican!
 
 
+6 # in deo veritas 2012-08-20 15:28
as rotten as the Nazis were, they had one good idea-limiting incomes and abolishing unearned incomes. If that were true today there would be no billionaires to pervert this country with their greed. The same plutocrats who financed Hitler are financing the demise of democracy today using the tebaggers as their shills and the police as their gestapo and stormtroops.
 
 
-4 # John Steinsvold 2012-08-20 18:12
An Alternative to Capitalism (if the people knew about it, they would demand it)

Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: "There is no alternative".
She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider. Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: "Home of the Brave?" which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:

http://evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/steinsvold.htm

John Steinsvold

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."~ Albert Einstein
 
 
+4 # Carlyle 2012-08-21 08:07
For some time now, Amerians have had to decide which candidate is the lesser knave. The candidate with the most funds available for defamation is the likely winner of most elections. Successful vilification is the road to victory. This type of government is named perhaps
The Greater Fool Government or Citizens United Against the Poor This certainly is not a Democracy.
 
 
+5 # ghostperson 2012-08-21 16:21
I don't have to vote for the lesser knave. Republicans have removed themselves from my possible "vote for." There is only one side left standing on my horizon. The GOP not only supports but runs white collar financial crime; it supports small government for business except when they need me to fund corporate welfare but transvaginal probes and no contraception for women, poll taxes for brown people, students and seniors. It doesn't believe in education. Exhibit A: Todd Akin. I see no choice to be made.
 

THE NEW STREAMLINED RSN LOGIN PROCESS: Register once, then login and you are ready to comment. All you need is a Username and a Password of your choosing and you are free to comment whenever you like! Welcome to the Reader Supported News community.

RSNRSN