In other words, there’s no debate in Washington about whether rich people should get a permanent tax cut. Nor is there any debate in Washington about whether rich people’s tax cut should be financed by long-term borrowing. Nor is there any debate about whether rich people should get a bigger tax cut than middle class people. But we “can’t afford” unemployment insurance, we “can’t afford” to pay bank regulators competitive salaries.
The Roberts Court is poised to remake campaign-finance law -- again. Progressives angry about the flood of corporate money into this year's midterm elections already know they can thank the Court for its willingness to gut a century of campaign law with its Citizens United decision. The Court also wasn't friendly to campaign-finance reform when it struck down substantial portions of Vermont's public-financing law in 2006. Now, progressives and campaign-reform advocates are wary of what the Court will do in a new case involving Arizona's public-financing law.