Monday, February 1, 2010

My old chum, Bill Himmelmann, former city Councilman for District 7, "a little bit of heaven," as he always said of the district, has sent me an email which comments on the Supreme Court’s latest decision. Readers will remember that is the decision which allows corporations to give unlimited contributions to political campaigns.

The email humorously suggested that now with no limits to contributions, the corporations are considering running for Congress themselves. The ‘onion’ type press release from a PR firm in Maryland backed up its rationale with the comments: "Business of America is business. And after the court opinion, business is the business of democracy."

The best line in the light-hearted email reasoned that the Supreme Court has now cut out middle-men in the whole election process: Before corporations had to rely on campaign contributions and influence peddling.

Himmelmann told me that someone suggested that if corporations can run for Congress, the United Auto Workers Union could run for Congress from Michigan.

In my view, all kidding aside, voters must look to see which candidates are taking exorbitant contributions from corporations. People have to tell their candidates how they feel about the issue. This week certainly points out the truth of the quotation hanging on the wall of Dolores Dickman's house, our beloved Democratic Captain, "Politics, the only game for adults."

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