In politics there’s not a lot that liberals and conservatives can agree on. It’s a problem that only seems to be getting worse as the Republican party slips further and further to their radical right base. Even in the 90’s, as Republicans spent most of their energy trying to get Bill Clinton kicked out of office, Democrats and Republicans still proved that they could work together to at least get something done.
But there’s one issue that I believe should bring both sides together, because it’s the one issue that’s behind almost all corruption in politics and our government – money.
Unfortunately the Supreme Court doesn’t understand that basic level of logic, as they recently made it even easier for money to corrupt politics by allowing citizens to donate to an unlimited number of candidates (though the amount an individual can donate to each candidate is still capped).
Well, if people like Newt Gingrich have their way, donation limits might be done away with as well. Not only that, but Gingrich also believes that doing away with all forms of campaign finance law (basically allowing people to donate as much money as they want to whomever they want) would even the playing field between the wealthy and middle class.
“And you would overnight equalize the middle class and the rich,” Gingrich stated.
If you need a minute to compose yourself after busting out into uncontrollable laughter mixed with disgust, I wouldn’t blame you.
To honestly believe that allowing citizens to donate an unlimited amount of money to any politician they want would “equalize” the playing field between the rich and the middle class is ridiculous.
But Gingrich’s comments follow a familiar pattern I’ve seen from several prominent Republicans who’ve applauded this recent ruling by the Supreme Court. Can they be any more obvious? Nothing quite like supporting court rulings that continue to inch toward the day when the richest people in this country are given an unlimited amount of power to buy off any politicians that they want.
And that’s honestly what Republicans want. A system where people like the Koch brothers can give as much money as they want to whatever candidates they want.
Gingrich basically admitted that with his comment. Because there’s no logical way to believe that you “equalize” the playing field between the middle class and the rich by allowing money to be the determining factor of just how much influence someone has.
Right now a billionaire and a middle class American are limited by the same cap they can give to each candidate. Remove that and the billionaire will then be able to massively out donate the middle class American. Which, of course, gives the billionaire an even greater advantage to buy off political candidates than they already have.
Which is exactly what the Republican party wants. A fact Gingrich basically confirmed with these comments.