The attached article describes the flip-side of the tax the Supreme Court levied on the American people in its 2010 Citizens United versus the Federal Election Commission. I know, the Constitution says only Congress can enact a tax. But when the Supreme Court ruled that unlimited political spending is constitutionally protected "free speech", they raised the table stakes for access to Members of Congress -- the people who make our laws. Corporations had to respond by paying the new table stakes, or accept that the law would be shaped by their competitors. All those corporate donations are expensive. Where does the money come from? How about increased prices on everything from cable television to the latest jet for the Air Force. Who pays those increased prices? You and me, when we pay our cable bill or pay the taxes that pay for that jet. Who benefits from the tax? The Members of Congress who receive the donations, and the political party machines who require donations from Members, as outlined in the attached article. Oila! A Supreme Court tax that takes money from the pockets of everyday Americans to line the pockets of career politicians in Congress. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/05/25/lawmaker-dues-party-extortion-team-effort/84819738/
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Author of Thy King Dumb Come and Accountability Citizenship, Stephen P. Tryon is a businessman and technologist with extensive experience in e-commerce, a retired Soldier, and former Senate Fellow.