Digby links to Dave Johnson

Last week, in Tea Party Members VS Tea Party Wall Street Funders, I pointed out that Tea Party supporters expect their politicians to do something about Wall Street bailouts, lawbreaking and “too-big-to-fail” domination of the economy, but Tea Party candidates were receiving a great deal of funding from that very same Wall Street. This set up a potential conflict between Tea Party supporters and Tea Party politicians.

Obama’s supporters also hoped that he’d choke back corporate exploitation. Sadly, though, his government has spent a lot of time favouring its rich benefactors. This isn’t an amusing quirk of the Tea Party movement, it’s a tragedy of the corporatist state.

By the way, here’s a curious nugget from the ailing plutocracy. It’s hardly news that wealth and power can render one immune from justice. White-collared thieves and state officials have long been evading judgement as a matter of course. Even one step down the corporate ladder, it has been reported, you might find all men are equal under the law but – yeah, you guessed it – some are more equal than others…

A financial manager for wealthy clients will not face charges for a hit-and-run because it could jeopardise his job, it has been revealed.

Martin Joel Erzinger, 52, was set to face felony charges for running over a doctor who he hit from behind in his 2010 Mercedes Benz, and then speeding off.

‘Felony convictions have some pretty serious job implications for someone in Mr. Erzinger’s profession, and that entered into it,’ [the District Attorney] said.

As opposed to all those other jobs that welcome nothing more than felony convictions.

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