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    Wisconsin Power Play

    In principle, every American citizen has an equal say in our political process. In practice, of course, some of us are more equal than others. Billionaires can field armies of lobbyists; they can finance think tanks that put the desired spin on policy issues; they can funnel cash to politicians with sympathetic views (as the Koch brothers did in the case of Mr. Walker). On paper, we’re a one-person-one-vote nation; in reality, we’re more than a bit of an oligarchy, in which a handful of wealthy people dominate.

    Given this reality, it’s important to have institutions that can act as counterweights to the power of big money. And unions are among the most important of these institutions.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/21/opinion/21krugman.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
     
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    What about the liberal rich who fund groups to counter Tea Parties?

    Like billionaires Goerge Soros? Bill Gates? Ted Turner?

    Al Gore? Bill Mahr? Olbermann? Huffington? Clooney? Matt Damon? Danny Glover? Sean Penn? Basically all of Hollywood's rich? NBC's elite rich? Jesse Jackson?

    Should I go on?

    What do we have on the right to counter all the money being funneled into left wing movements? The Tea Party?

    Yeah, see how that works?
     
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    How are those liberal rich guys trying to stop labor unions and collective bargaining?

    WTF? Are you freakin plastered?
     
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    Any wealthy people who want to give more to the government then they are required may do so anytime they wish. I have no problem with that. Let me know when that happens.
     
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    Your point? Got one in there somewhere?
     
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    The problem comes when these institutions become as corrupt, wrong-headed, and self-serving as the big money that they're trying to "protect" the little people from.
     
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    As usual, you've got it butt backward. Who funds the tea parties? You mean besides the Koch Brothers, the US Chamber of Commerce and all of the other rich multinational special interest groups and corporations that are now "people" protected by the First Amendment because of that travesty of Constitutional law called Citizens United?

    Reality can be your friend.
     
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    none that you would understand
     
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    Um.........they aren't dumbass. They give money to stop or slow the desires of the right.

    See? Both sides have wealthy donors. It's called fundraising. Has been going on for, like, 400 years.

    WTF? Are YOU plastered?
     
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    Never claimed all unions are above reproach.

    Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    Google that phrase and learn, pilgrim.
     

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