Robert Reich laments money in politics — if the money is from conservatives

http://twitter.com/#!/RBReich/status/222443653317140480

The former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Berkeley’s current Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy is fed up with money playing a role in politics, gosh-darn it! And he’s taken to Twitter to express his righteous indignation:

CEOs have no right to spend shareholder money on politics without disclosing to whom it's going & giving shareholders a chance to opt out.

— Robert Reich (@RBReich) July 9, 2012

2012 will go down in history as the year we lost our democracy to big money. Will 2013 be the year we take it back?

— Robert Reich (@RBReich) July 9, 2012

America suffers, as MLK said, not from the "actions of the bad people but the appalling silence and indifference of the good people." Act.

— Robert Reich (@RBReich) July 9, 2012

Obviously, Robert, you’re still sore about Citizens United (just like your buddies Peter Fonda, Ben, and Jerry). Stomp that foot! Maybe AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka will join you in your tantrum; he, too, thinks money’s “dangerous to democracy.” ::cough::

Reich found some support among fellow waaaaaahmbulance passengers:

Fuck yeah! RT @RBReich: 2012 will go down in history as the year we lost our democracy to big money. Will 2013 be the year we take it back?

— Only Human (@leahmcelrath) July 9, 2012

https://twitter.com/Debeauche/status/222445703958511616

https://twitter.com/bobdobolina/status/222445501688201217

One lefty was willing to acknowledge something Reich did not:

@RBReich I agree 100%, but this is what the GOP say about the union support Dems receive? How can we make your argument and counter theirs?

— J P (@histino) July 9, 2012

Many conservatives echoed this point, countering Reich’s arguments by pointing out his hypocrisy when it comes to unions’ financial contributions.

@RBReich You would be referring to the heads of the labor unions, wouldn't you?

— Ted Frank (@Colonel_Ted) July 9, 2012

@RBReich Do Union Leaders have the same responsibilities as CEO's to disclose to its member's where dues are spent on politics?

— Paul Lovett (@BadBeat) July 9, 2012

https://twitter.com/TTrsquare/status/222448634040553473

https://twitter.com/headinjurykid/status/222451786424913920

"@RBReich: unions have no right to spend money on politics without disclosing to whom it's going & giving a chance to opt out."edited w/fac

— Tammy Ingram (@TammyIngram1) July 9, 2012

https://twitter.com/WBPetersen/status/222447543383113728

Reich isn’t really in a position to take up the mantle of Crusader for Political Justice.

https://twitter.com/evilofindiff/status/222446658259140608

@RBReich u want ppl to forget u & clinton hands in the mess we r in that Pres O cleaning up. U need to look in the mirror

— lovelyladypa (@whome51obama) July 9, 2012

@SooperMexican translated @RBReich "our big $ $oros is going to be nearly matched for a change"

— J.P. Kalishek (@JPKalishek) July 9, 2012

@RBReich You would be referring to George Soros and other Democrat party moneybags, wouldn't you?

— Ted Frank (@Colonel_Ted) July 9, 2012

https://twitter.com/clarkcali/status/222451054783107072

Hopefully this November, Reich’s tears will be genuine:

@RBReich 2012 will actually be the year that the Tea Party will save the country from Obama and the communists (Democrats) in Congress.

— Ted Frank (@Colonel_Ted) July 9, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/07/09/robert-reich-laments-money-in-politics-if-the-money-is-from-conservatives/

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