I have never felt it right that people who have money are punished just because they have money. To tell them they cannot give to a cause or person is wrong. (I also think it is wrong to have anything other than a flat-tax. As the saying goes, “If 10% is good enough for God, it should be good enough for the Government.” Well, if a flat-tax (tithing) is good enough for God, it should be good enough for the Government.) Thus, I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision.
You’ve got to wonder about what appears (to me) to be the most corrupt administration since Warren G. Harding and their outrage to the Supreme Court’s ruling to remove restrictions on spending by corporations and unions. I think the answer lies in what I learned in my Organizational Behaviour class at B.Y.U. It is this – When something is illegal, the price is driven up by the risk factor. That is to say, the higher the risk, the higher the price.
Why risk going to jail over something small?
However, once you make it legal, now there is no risk of going to jail, and thus, the price goes down – drastically. Pot smokers have used that argument for years about the legalization of marijuana. And, drug pushers are the last ones who want to see marijuana legalized because that would put them out of business. Thus, legalization cuts into the profits of criminals.
If we were to look at it on the political side, a corporation might bribe a politician with hundreds of thousands of dollars to get them to vote a certain way. The money is laundered to hide the flow of money because of someone gets caught, it means jail for both the recipient and the donor. A politician isn’t likely to accept a $10,000 bribe. It wouldn’t be worth it to risk so much for so little.
Now, make it legal for the corporation to donate high amounts of money. The risk is gone so the payments will be less. No wonder they are up in arms and upset with the Supreme Court.
Another reason they (the dishonest politicians) might be upset is they know that good, honest companies will not make contributions to candidates who support their values (those of the dishonest politicians) . This is not good for a corrupt politician or corrupt businesses. They now have to compete openly with people who have scruples. Gee. Honest people being able to donate millions of dollars to good candidates. Now, that would scare the heebie jeebies out of the crooks — especially if we get an honest person in the executive branch! (For those who are not Constitutional savvy, the executive branch is responsible for enforcing laws.)
It is like the saying goes, “If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.” Well, with high campaign contributions being illegal, only crooks will take bribes, and only crooks will make bribes. The playing field has now been leveled.
To steal a line from the Randy Newman song, “I might be wrong… but I don’t think so.”
As to the day… busy as heck at work. Not much more to report.