Thursday, March 15, 2012

Billionaire Romney Backer Says Wealthy Have An "Insufficient Influence" On American Politics

I guess it's time for me to pack up this blog and split. All of my arguments about economic injustice in America have been rendered invalid. Here is the Huffington Post with the details:
A billionaire backer of Mitt Romney said that the wealthy have "an insufficient influence" on politics and policy.

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Ken Griffin, founder of the hedge fund Citadel was asked if he thought rich people had too great of an influence on politics.

"I think they actually have an insufficient influence," he responded. "Those who have enjoyed the benefits of our system more than ever now owe a duty to protect the system that has created the greatest nation on this planet."

He also told the Tribune that he believes he should be able to donate an unlimited amount of money to Super PACs.

According to FEC filings, Griffin recently donated $100,000 to Restore Our Future, a pro-Romney Super PAC. He gave $2,500 to Romney personally, as well as to a slew of other Republican candidates and groups. His wife has also donated to Romney.
You see, this shows yet again why real change can never be enacted from within the system. Not only do those who pull the strings think they are doing "God's work," they really do see themselves as an oppressed minority. They will continue to buy influence and flood the media with advertisements reflecting their worldview with impunity so that anyone who argues that maybe the system sucks for everyone but the 0.01% has no chance of getting their message heard and understood by the masses. It's also why I say that the only effective action anyone can take anymore is to make adjustments in their own lives and perhaps the lives of their loved ones.

Bonus: Barenaked Ladies were thinking WAY too small--"If I had a billion dollars, I'd buy your election"


  1. "It's also why I say that the only effective action anyone can take anymore is to make adjustments in their own lives and perhaps the lives of their loved ones."

    Excellent advice, BH.

    On the other hand, we could kill the one-percenters and their enablers.

    Just kidding!


    No. Really. :)

  2. I can't believe the shit that dribbles out of the mouths of rich assholes.
    Here is a fucking fascist basically saying "We got this ridiculous system that allows us to rape the fuck out of the environment, exploit the hell out of the working poor, and make foreigners live as livestock in our overseas facilities, so we can make shit for eleven bucks and then use our all pervasive advertising and propaganda to sell it to you folks for $400. Then we use bullshit free market rhetoric to make idiots think everything should be run by private companies which allows us to steal even more from everybody.
    See we gotta protect this system of extreme and unsustainable exploitation, because it made me a rich and powerful piece of human garbage, and I wanna stay that way, and I want my kids to become worthless entitled little shits that actually think they earned all the money and power that I give them when I die. We gotta protect this system, and with violent repression too, cuz the filthy commoners are starting to get mad."
    Only he used slightly more honeyed words when he said it. I just hope one day, when we march their ilk up to the gallows that they look out and realize, "Oh shit, I was wrong."

    1. To hell with gallows.. drawing and quartering seems more appropriate.


  3. You are right Bill -

    stop voting, use only cash, grow your own veg, fix your stuff instead of buying more crap, engage with your community