Are you a big-money donor with a consumer product? Spokescandidate Bill Schuette would love to tell the world about it. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who — did you hear? — is running for governor, recently launched a series of Facebook videos in which he engages in wholesome, cutesy acts, like noshing on a hot dog at Comerica Park, talking up the windmill cookies in Holland or shopping for bullets at a Macomb County ammo store. You know, normal candidate stuff.
If I had a nickel for every time I’ve thought, “Gee, the thing that would really fix our broken politics is if we had MORE dark money in campaigns, if corporations could EVEN MORE directly influence government for their immediate benefit, and if we could concentrate power EVEN MORE EFFECTIVELY in the hands of a few billionaire donors,” I would have zero nickels, because I am not a terrible person.
The more I think about this, the more difficult it is to reconcile. Online retailer Amazon asked North American cities to vie for a second Amazon headquarters last week, laying out a list of specific requirements for the kind of site it would consider: tax incentives, obviously, a zero-sum game that all states get suckered into playing. A large site, access to transit, a diverse community with good quality of life, near an international airport and a strong university system.
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Selecting a term
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