Kamikaze Gingrich, on the loose in South Carolina
By Dana Milbank, Published: January 11
“As Republican leaders watch with horror Newt Gingrich’s one-man campaign to bring down the party’s likely presidential nominee, they should remind themselves of this: Gingrich is a monster of their own making…
“… there are 5 million reasons Republicans have to fear Gingrich. That’s the number of dollars billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson gave to a pro-Gingrich super PAC— the largest contribution to a candidate’s cause in U.S. history. This allowed the Winning our Future PAC to buy $3.4 million worth of ads in South Carolina — enough to saturate the state with poisonous messages about Mitt Romney…
“…Liberals have complained for two years about the Supreme Court’s Citizens Uniteddecision, which made such unlimited contributions possible. But Republicans on Capitol Hill resisted attempts to limit the damage of the decision — and now Gingrich is teaching them the consequences of their own actions.
“… Romney, on his way to South Carolina, complained explicitly that Gingrich was against “free enterprise.”
“Romney has it wrong. Gingrich’s attacks on him are the very essence of free enterprise: They’re helped by campaign finance laws that sell elections to the highest bidder. For those Republicans who thought that unlimited political contributions would be a good thing for their party, it’s a delicious irony that a casino billionaire is using his money to underwrite a populist assault on the GOP front-runner.”
Cassi Creek: The subject of drug-resistant tuberculosis was broached on a forum I follow. As much as I would like to rid the world of Gingrich, I’d like to see TB eliminated even more. The corporations masquerading as persons in order to buy elections and place puppets into state and national legislative bodies could do quite a lot of good if they chose to apply their wealth to defeating disease.
Prior to the evolution of HIV/AIDS and excepting malaria, Tuberculosis was one of the most prevalent causes of preventable death in the modern world. As I grew up in the 1950s, Polio was largely beaten back by vaccination, small pox was officially eliminated, and malaria somewhat subdued by DDT. TB was widely feared when I began school. Anti-spitting ads were still prominently displayed and there was moderate public compliance with anti-spitting campaigns. TB was incurable then and resistant strains have potentially erased the advances in treatment in many locations around the world.
I was taught, growing up that spitting was repulsive and not something done by polite and/or educated people. The association between spitting and disease was easy to draw then and should be even easier to draw now. Somehow, that association has broken down and spitting has become common behavior, particularly in young males. It is time to revamp the campaign against spitting, time to remind people that it helps to spread TB.
Contact any corporate impersonator you can locate and demand that they stop buying elections and start funding anti-spitting campaigns. Boycotts are indicated. Targeting middle and high school students is essential. There is nothing “cool” about dying of tuberculosis.