The Internal Revenue Service has interpreted our tax laws to allow big corporations and wealthy individuals to make unlimited secret campaign donations through sham political fronts called “social welfare organizations,” like Karl Rove’s Crossroads, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Priorities USA.
The legacy of George Bush’s two “wars of liberation” may already be judged as foreign policy blunders, but the real costs of war remain even after the truism of failed empire. In Afghanistan, acid attacks on at least 15 female students mark a worrisome trend in women’s rights there. And in Iraq, an Iraqi soldier opened fire on a patrol of U.S. troops, killing two.
House conservatives just passed a lobbying reform bill that the Washington Post called a “sham,” ?diluted snake oil? and ?an insult to voters.? Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn., said, “I happen to believe we are losing our moral authority to lead this place.”