Ed Stein

Ed Stein
Denver, Colorado, USA
November 22
Former editorial cartoonist for the Rocky Mountain News. Creator of Freshly Squeezed, a comic strip about family togetherness after the economic collapse, syndicated by Universal Uclick


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FEBRUARY 16, 2012 1:23PM

The Next President

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Now that corporations are people and money is speech, and Superpacs funded by anonymous donors dominate campaign spending, it’s only a matter of time, I figure, before we finally can do away with the annoyance of having actual people run for office. In a perfect world, the corporate sponsors will have their lobbyists write and pass all legislation, and the presidency will become a coalition of like-minded corporate interests. No need for a human figurehead anymore.

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For a long while we thought it would be a programmed articifical intelligence .
The other day I heard a political operative say that when she heard that the State Govt. of WA had discovered it the budget shortfall was $500 million less than previously thought, her first thought was "wow that could create a lot of jobs".

Then she went on to discuss the huge sums of money various candidates have raised, not noticing that if the money was out of politics maybe those donations could go towards something worthwhile.

It's fatuous that politicians give speeches about creating jobs all the while raising money for lobbyists and operatives, the true beneficiaries of political campaigns.
The Almighty Dollar wouldn't settle for being the New President; it's already the New God. Try that cartoon and see what reaction you get :-). By the way, I wrote about the New God and the New Religion in a previous post: