Wednesday :: May 17, 2006

We Doan' NEED No Stinkin' Rights

by pessimist

It wasn't for nothing that the former Supreme Court of the United States was subverted and corrupted by the Republicans since 1980.

While the focus has been on the potential for a defense of outrageous and unconstitutional behaviors by to corporofascists who have had power since then, there are other agenda to be defended from We, the People as well, as David Sirota points out:

In a unanimous decision today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a lower court ruling that would have invalidated massive taxpayer giveaways to Corporate America. essentially emasculated taxpayers' ability to bring any such lawsuits against their own government in the future.

Chief Justice John Roberts, formerly a corporate lawyer, said in the official opinion that "State taxpayers have no standing ... to challenge state tax or spending decisions simply by virtue of their status as taxpayers. ...state taxpayers throughout the country now have no legal right to challenge the decisions of their bought-and-paid-for elected officials who are selling off our government to the highest bidder. Forget even having your case heard in court - your Supreme Court says you have to simply sit back and accept higher taxes to fund this kind of largesse.

As USA Today noted, "In 1977, nine states gave tax credits to corporations [but] by 1998, that number had grown to 36." At the same time, "individual income taxes are growing at a faster rate than corporate income taxes" because state/local governments are recovering the tax giveaways from ordinary citizens. According to the Census Bureau, "corporate income taxes collected rose 6.5% from 1994 to 2004, while individual income taxes collected went up 49.7%."

This throw-money-at-the-problem corruption substitutes for a government that should be asserting itself as a protector of ordinary citizens by forcing powerful economic institutions to play by a set of rules. Now, thanks to the Supreme Court, taxpayers have even less of a right to fight back against this hostile takeover in our own legal system.

This decision isn't very different from the Florida decision, in which the voters were not allowed to challenge the decisions made by election officials. In fact, since we are run by corporatists, no decision made at the top is to be challenenged by anyone.

Aren't you glad that Karl now has us all distracted into hating illegal immigration instead? That is something they will let us do something about - NOT!

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