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November 4, 2010 at 4:00 PM

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GOP indebted to corporate donors thanks to Citizens United decision

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Corporations as people reminiscent of Italian fascism

We witnessed on Tuesday a frightening bit of mergers and acquisitions activity: the merging of corporate interests and the GOP as enabled by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The practical result begets a familiar echo of a concept of government pioneered in early 20th-century Italy where the nation is organized according to corporatist perspectives, values and systems, including the political system and the economy.

On Wednesday, I was stymied when Rep. John Boehner and every other Republican parroted the day’s talking point. They had “listened to the voice of the people and were committed to obeying the voice of the people.” Imagine my bafflement as I cannot remember the GOP working for the benefit of the middle class or having ever listened to me over the last 30 years (not so for earlier versions of the GOP. I have some fond memories of Ike).

But then Boehner’s words became clear when I broke the code. The Supreme Court ruled in the Citizens United case that corporations were people. Now I understand. The GOP is committed to listening to the “people” of its constituency, also know as corporations, and we can expect more tax cuts for the rich, the dismantling of any regulations protecting us and the economy from the excesses of the corporations, continued off-shoring of our jobs and the recurring economic disasters that we have experienced under the GOP policies of the last 30 years.

— Ken Jones, Seattle

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