Stephen Colbert had two segments that explained clearly how the US Supreme Court decision last week in McCutcheon v. FEC has pushed the US further along the road to where just a handful of people will be able to purchase the government. This ruling said that while a contributor was still limited to donating $5,200 to individual candidates, there should be no limit to the total amount they can give to all candidates in an election cycle, which used to be $123,200 before this ruling. Only about 600 people bumped up against this cap in the past.
I am not as exercised over this ruling as others since big money has always found ways to buy politicians. This has just made it more open. It is only a matter of a couple of years before this Supreme Court will rule that even restrictions on donations to individual candidates are illegal. Who knows, we may then be able to do away with primaries and even elections and candidates for office can go around with clothes having the logos of their sponsors, like NASCAR drivers, and the person who lines up the most money is declared the winner.
(These clips aired on April 3, 2014. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post. If the videos autoplay, please see here for a diagnosis and possible solutions.)