Re: “Supreme Court ruling a move to restore free speech” (TNT, 4-8).
Columnist Robert Samuelson is grasping at straws and manipulating statistics to justify the Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. After stating “money is speech that aims to affect how people behave,” Samuelson downplays the political influence the decision has unleashed.
According to him, donations by rich individuals and corporations to candidates and Super PACs have not adversely impacted the country because “most federal spending goes to the poor and middle class” (in other words, the 99 percent).
It sounds like Samuelson believes the rich deserve the right to purchase legislation, because the federal government just is not spending enough directly for their benefit. But, McCutcheon just happened – so he may have his wish. And that form of government is no longer even nominally a democracy.