My boys are here until Sunday, and my time for blogging is limited, but I don't want to let languish, so I'm just checking in long enough to say that the Supreme Court ruling on Thursday that basically gutted the provisions of the McCain-Feingold campaign financing law passed into law during George W. Bush's first term and signed into law by him is a terrible decision. There is not a thing in the world now to restrain corporations from spending as much money as they want trying to influence the outcome of elections at every level of government.
Can you say: "Holy shit! Does this mean what I think it means?" The answer is, it means that and more. It means that corporations now have not even flimsy restraints on how much money they can spend to buy the election of their candidates for office up and down the chain--municipal, county, state, national--with absolute impunity. And if you don't think that's a whole new ballgame, well, you just haven't been paying attention. They already own the political process. Now they don't even have to pretend democracy anymore.
Quite simply, this is one of the worst decisions ever issued by the Supreme Court of the United States.