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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Lone Ranger was a masked man who was out to bring bad guys to justice. Ed Conard is a masked man who is out to bring bad guys to power.

A multimillionaire financier who was a top henchman in Bain Capital, Mitt Romney’s old outfit of corporate plunderers, Conard is currently riding with the small but fearsome Citizens United Gang, which has taken over presidential politics in our country.

Unlike the James Gang, the Dalton Boys and other robbers of yore who stole from banks and railroads, these thieves are bankers and high-rolling railroaders. Thanks to the Supreme Court’s edict in the infamous Citizens United case, they are now able to use unlimited amounts of their corporate wealth to create Super PACs, which are proving to be devastating weapons against democracy.

Conard is one of the gang of financial elites who’ve put a million dollars or more into Romney’s super PAC, enabling it to whack his opponents and take the GOP nomination with an unprecedented barrage of venomously negative advertising. Conard is known as a masked robber because he tried to disguise his million-dollar involvement by using the fake name of “W Spann.” Incredibly, that’s not illegal — but it was so glaringly odd that Romney’s campaign had to compel Conard to fess up his real name.

Speaking of names, the Romney Super PAC is called “Restore Our Future.” Whose future does that mean? Not yours and mine, but theirs — the mega-donors’. This was candidly confessed by another member of the Citizens United Gang, hedge fund hustler Ken Griffin. He says he’s in Romney’s super PAC because, “I think (the ultra-wealthy) actually have insufficient influence (in Washington). Those who have enjoyed the benefits of our system (must) protect the system.”

Rarely do you see such altruism on behalf of the selfish few!

  • Corporations cannot be “people” unless they can respond personally to a subpoena or satisfy a writ of habeas corpus.

  • EdC

    I’ve wondered, if corporations are people how come they aren’t limited to $2500 donations like people.

    • Do you mean like George Soros and the Kochs’?

  • TheOldNorthChurch

    Jim – except for your conclusion I agree with your underlying premise. What we are witnessing has been building for quite some time. Control of our government by the Ultra Big:

    Big politics; “The Political Class” there has been little difference between the Democrat and Republican members. They have one objective stay in office and do anything to get reelected. Use power and wealth to do so. Wealth is not lost by either Party. The Richest Federal office holder is John Kerry.

    Big Business; Look at all the Corporate welfare being doled out. GE – laws passed to require CFL blubs all of which they control production on in their Chinese slave factories, Testla Motors – buy a $105,000 electric car and get $20,000 from your fellow citizens the list goes on and on. Corporate welfare in the tax code on direct subsidies equals $100B a year. How many donations to Democrat and Republican office holders?

    Big Labor; SEIU, Teacher Unions, Nursing Unions – Don’t worry we will exempt you from FICA and taxes on mega benefit programs – Just keep that money coming into our election coffers. Oh, on election day get your members to get out the vote and collect mail-in ballots while working. After all your fellow citizens can pay for that as well.

    Big Banks; Timothy Geigner got to take care of his buddies. They donated a lot of money to our campaigns.

    Let’s control them all and give back the voice of the people.

    • viewfromtheleftcoast


      • TheOldNorthChurch

        How about this as well, a cap on total General Election spending for POTUS at $250M from all sources with similar scaled caps for Congress. No lobbying allowed with congress members outside their home districts. Then cut pay for all by 20% and have no pensions for Senate or Congress, as these were never intended to be career jobs.

        • Bob

          Repeal the phony CU decision by the bozos in the SCOTUS and removing the bozos who found for CU. Americans should have been in the streets demanding their decision be set aside. Some were…but not nearly enough. Get mad as hell and don’t put up with this crap.

          • TheOldNorthChurch

            Bob – I think CU leveled the plying field as Big Unions and Big PAC’s were always allowed to do what Big Business is now doing.

            What it has done is highlight the unholy alliance between The Political Class and the Big’s. In 1775, the mercantile alliance with the Government of England did actually the same thing and the citizens of the Colonies suffered grave injustice – a year latter they had enough.

        • way to much common sense……

      • Bob

        How about just eliminating lobbyists and lobbying. It’s simply blatant corruption…..the ‘bigs’ kicking sand in the faces of We The People.

        • TheOldNorthChurch

          The problem with that is that individual citizens are lobbyist as well as groups in a congressional district. That is why all lobbing should be only allowed at the congressional district office. While not perfect it would be very difficult for the “Bigs” to go to all 435 congress members with any consistent message. Senators should only be able to be lobbied by members of their State legislatures & governors.

  • ObozoMustGo

    1.. Money cannot buy happiness, but its more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.
    2.. Forgive your enemy, but remember the bastard’s name.
    3.. Help someone when they are in trouble and they will remember you when they’re in trouble again.
    4.. Many people are alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them.
    5.. Reforming an Obama supporter is like trying to pick up a turd by its clean end.

    Have a nice day!

    • Bob

      Actually ‘O’ I believe YOU should be shot.

      • ObozoMustGo

        It’s interesting, Bob, that all of the killing of political opponents has been done by the leftist socialists of the world. Seems you think the same way they do. Why does that not surprise me?

    • moronic platitudes do nothing to advance your cause.

  • If Citizens United thinks that corporations are people too, let’s tax corporations just like people!!! And MAKE THEM PAY, just like people! And send their CEO’s to jail if they don’t, just like people!