A Supreme Court That Caters to Oligarchs

Dana Milbank: “Just in time for the 2016 election, the Roberts Court has found yet another way to stack the deck in favor of the rich.”

“By all appearances at Monday’s argument, the five Republican-appointed justices are ready to upend a 40-year precedent guiding labor relations in favor of a new approach that will deplete public-sector unions’ finances and reduce their political clout. The case, from California, involves arcane issues of ‘agency fees’ and member opt-outs, but make no mistake: This is about campaign finance, and, in particular, propping up the Republican Party.”

“Because there are fewer liberal billionaires … the only real counterweight to Republican super PACs in this new era is union money. And the Supreme Court is about to attack that, too.”

“The only question is how big a loss Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association will be for the unions. It’s virtually certain to be another step toward American oligarchy. The court’s conservative majority, setting aside a professed respect for precedent and states’ authority, is putting a thumb on the scale of justice in favor of the wealthy donors who have purchased the GOP and much of the government.”

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