Lies, Deceit and Corporate Politics
Harold Simmons is an 80-year old billionaire. Harold Simmons has donated $18 million to Republican super PACs in the last year. Harold Simmons hates President Barack Obama with a passion.
“Any of these Republicans would make a better president than that socialist, Obama,” Simmons told the Journal, in what is the piece’s most provocative quote. “Obama is the most dangerous American alive … because he would eliminate free enterprise in this country.”
Alright, got it. Barack Obama is a capitalist-hating socialist and Simmons is a
businessman, sorry, job-creator, and in that regard has every right to spend all he wishes (so says the Roberts’ SCOTUS) to prevent the President from winning a second term. Few, I believe, would fault a man for taking care of his own best interests…except that in the period 2006 to 2011, Harold Simmons’ net worth went from $4 billion to $10 billion. Not bad when considering that those profits were made in the midst of the worst economic downturn in 80 years. Now that the economy is slowly recovering under Chairman Obama’s rule, I imagine Simmons is concerned about his bottom line.
Harold Simmons is a delusional, lying billionaire who, in 2004, contributed $4 million to one of the largest, most blatant campaigns of lies and deceit ever to take place in U.S. presidential politics — the Swiftboater’s takedown of John Kerry. And now, in 2012, Simmons and his fellow millionaires and billionaires are doing it once again, this time with the help of the Citizen’s United ruling which has made it that much easier to pour millions into another campaign of lies and deceit.
Welcome to corporate politics by the unelected in 2012. Isn’t it pretty?