One would think that getting money out of politics would be one of the few issues both liberals and conservatives could agree on. After all, both sides seem to agree that our elected officials should represent us, not a small group of individuals or businesses essentially buying them off.
It’s a rule I always say people should follow: Whoever is trying to make it easier for more money – especially “dark money” (all the money donated by sources that do not have to be revealed) – to get into politics should never be trusted.
Seriously, who in their right mind says to themselves, “Yes, what’s best for the health of this nation, our government and the American people is more anonymous money in politics!”
That’s just absurd.
Unfortunately, millions of conservatives seem to have absolutely no problem with more and more shady money finding its way into our political system. That’s interesting because these are the people who constantly complain about the “evils” of government, yet they’re literally supporting politicians who push the idea that money equals “speech” and don’t seem to think that record amounts of money flowing into our political system is a bad thing.
It just doesn’t make sense how a group of people can claim to distrust our government, then say that they have no problem with billions of dollars of money from anonymous donors being allowed to corrupt our political process.
Well, yesterday morning House Speaker John Boehner tried to toe his party’s line of defending record-setting money finding its way into out political system by making the absurd comparison to – wait for it – how much we spend on antacids.
“We spend more money on antacids than we do on politics,” Boehner told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd. “We live in an imperfect democracy. But as bad as it is, let me tell you this. It’s better than any other place in the world.”
First, as Politifact pointed out, he’s wrong – we don’t spend more on antacids than we do on politics. In fact, the $3.8 billion figure Boehner’s office used for the comparison is almost double what we spend on antacids. When he made this statement he was quoting what the entire planet spends on antacids annually – not just the United States.
Secondly, what the hell does the amount of money Americans spend on antacids have to do with ridiculous amounts of money infecting our government? The two things aren’t at all related. Not only that, but the issue with money in politics isn’t just the amount, but what many of these rich donors who want to remain hidden from the public want to buy with this obscene amount of money they’re pumping into political campaigns.
The key part being that they want to remain anonymous. Investing a lot of money to see that one candidate gets elected is one thing, but then wanting to do it without anyone knowing who you are is about as shady as it gets.
But Boehner’s embarrassing comment shows you the pathetic lengths many of these Republicans will go to try to act as if record-setting money flowing into our political process isn’t a big deal. It only goes to show that they’ll say and do anything to keep protecting those who they really serve – their big money donors.
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