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The Supreme Court Endorses Gluttony in McKutcheon Case

Apr 2 2014, 11:02am CDT | by

There is an old fable about the bigger brother and younger brother. Mom asks the older brother, “did you like your dinner?”, he replies, “I ate it all up”. She then asks the little guy, “and did you...

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The Supreme Court Endorses Gluttony in McKutcheon Case

Apr 2 2014, 11:02am CDT | by

There is an old fable about the bigger brother and younger brother. Mom asks the older brother, “did you like your dinner?”, he replies, “I ate it all up”. She then asks the little guy, “and did you like your dinner?”, to which he replies, “he ate mine all up, too”. Two meals, two boys. This is all too deep to be placed in the context of constitutional and human rights. Of course, the bigger brother can eat twice and, of course, he is not his brother’s keeper, technically. And when Mom placed the two dinners before them, her instructions were probably vague. She certainly didn’t have to say, “Now you eat your dinner, and you eat your dinner.” She sinned by omission – but, hey, it’s all about who gets to eat first, eat the most, and to hell with the little guy. In a free society that respects the right of the individual, eat as much as you can. Beside, little brother can go to the refrigerator, the cupboard, or a neighbor’s house and scrounge for himself.

But that stinks, doesn’t it? A billionaire can give as much now to campaigns as he or she chooses. Why not? They earned it, they can spend it. Do his huge contributions mean he will be heard? Placed on the top of the list? Have more influence? Sure, it’s the same principle as having two dinners and screwing your little brother out of his. In the tradition of this nation’s first Chief Justice John Jay, “those who own the country ought to rule the government”. The Supreme Court is only upholding a legacy.

But the US is supposed to be about fairness, about equal opportunity, about ensuring that the playing field is level. I think this is the kind of democracy we want to export – not he who owns the most toys wins. If the latter is what we as a nation are all about, then why even bother having a Constitution at all? We should just carry around Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan as a guide.

Supreme Court to the Little Guy: you are on your own.

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7 weeks ago

RM47mil KWSG contributions still unclaimed

Jun 9 2014 7:54am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: About RM47 million of contributions in the Teachers Provident Fund (KWSG) still remain unclaimed, the Dewan Rakyat was told toda ...
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7 weeks ago

Gold shop lost almost RM1mil

Jun 9 2014 3:50am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KANGAR: A gold shop owner lost almost RM1 million after after the safe on in his shop was broken into b ...
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7 weeks ago

Motion to debate MAS losses in Dewan Rakyat rejected

Jun 9 2014 3:39am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: AN emergency motion to debate the losses incurred by Malaysia Airlines last year, amounting to RM1.2 billion was rejected by the D ...
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7 weeks ago

MH370 Tragedy: Hisham: RM27.6 mil spent on 1st phase of SAR

Jun 9 2014 2:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia spent some RM27.6 million in its first phase of the search operations for missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370, said Acting Transport Minister, Datuk Seri H ...
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7 weeks ago

9.1m litres of diesel seized in a month

Jun 8 2014 1:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives, and Consumerism ministry has seized some 9.1 million litres of diesel and property worth RM58 million since mounting ‘Operasi Diesel Selatan’ in the southern states ...
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7 weeks ago

Girl, 9, awarded RM2.78m compensation for medical negligence

Jun 6 2014 4:56am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: A nine-year-old girl who suffered brain damage during her birth at a government hospital was awarded over RM2. ...
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7 weeks ago

Malaysia's total trade in April up 12pc

Jun 5 2014 11:52pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's total trade in April 2014 rose by 12 per cent from a year ago to RM123.86 billion due to growing trading activities, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa M ...
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7 weeks ago

Works Ministry to spend RM20m for upgrading works at 50 accident black spots

Jun 4 2014 11:35pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

JOHOR BARU: The Works Ministry will implement upgrading works at 50 accident prone locations in the country that have been identified this year involving an allocation of RM20 mill ...
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7 weeks ago

Najib launches loan scheme for Ramadan traders

Jun 4 2014 10:24pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today launches RM45 million Ramadan ...
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7 weeks ago

Residents bring up objection against Kidex to Suhakam

Jun 4 2014 4:49am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: A group of 20 Petaling Jaya residents held a meeting with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) over their objection against the proposed RM2.2 billion Kinrara Damansara Skyway (Ki ...
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