janan.ganesh@ft.com channels Bernie Sanders? Political Observer comments

Headline: Economic rights are being eroded under US liberals’ noses

Sub-headline: Supreme Court rulings on deregulation tend to pass without much fuss or attention

The most common dread is a liberal reversal in the otherwise one-sided culture war. If the court overturned the 45-year-old ruling in Roe v Wade, states would regain the freedom to ban abortion. Democrats also fear for affirmative action and voting rights.

One has to wonder at Mr. Ganesh’s ignorance of contemporary American history. On the question of fear about ‘voting rights’  Shelby County v. Holder struck down the ‘pre-clearance’ clause of the Voting Rights Act, so that the members of The Solid South no longer have to clear any legislation having to do with voting with the Court. In sum, the Republican controlled state legislatures and governors  can and have limited access to motor vehicle departments, because the lie of voter fraud, now requires a state issued I.D. in order to cast a vote. My license renewal in late June of this year in California was $35. That may not be much to Ganesh and his readers,  that high cost is just the reinstatement of the Poll Tax, that affects poor blacks and students, the dependable Democratic base.

But Mr. Ganesh continues :

From Ronald Reagan nominee to upholder of same-sex marriage, Mr Kennedy had a politician’s feel for changing social norms and a realist’s reluctance to buck them. It is not such a rare trait among judges, at least once appointed.

Here is a news item from  Business Insider that has escaped Mr. Ganesh’s attention regarding Mr. Kennedy and his son:

Headline: Trump’s business career is more connected to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy than we ever knew


  • Deutsche Bank loaned President Donald Trump over $1 billion for his real-estate projects while Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s son led a real-estate division there, The New York Times reported Thursday.
  • Justin Kennedy was the global head of the real-estate capital markets division of Deutsche Bank, which loaned to Trump when other banks wouldn’t.
  • Anthony Kennedy’s retirement next month will give Trump an opportunity to shift the balance of the Supreme Court to the right.

The son of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was leading a real-estate division of Deutsche Bank as it gave President Donald Trump over $1 billion in loans to finance his real-estate projects when other banks wouldn’t, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Justin Kennedy, the former global head of Deutsche Bank’s real-estate capital markets division, was one of Trump’s close business associates, The Times reported, citing two sources familiar with the matter.

Because of Trump’s inconsistent track record in business, which included multiple bankruptcy filings and frequent lawsuits, most other major banks would not lend to him. Deutsche Bank loaned Trump the funds to construct and renovate skyscrapers and other developments in New York City and Chicago, The Times reported.

After Trump’s first address to Congress, in February 2017, he reportedly stopped to chat with Anthony Kennedy, saying: “Say hello to your boy. Special guy.”


The obviousness of Judicial corruption in America is represented by this Kennedy  impropriety. Kennedy is unlike Caesar’s wife!

The removal of Judge Shira A. Scheindlin from the ‘Stop and Frisk’ case by oligarch Michael Bloomberg, and the three judges he had in his pocket. The judges had to issue an utterly lame ‘explanation’ as to the why of  Scheindlin  removal, she was not guilty of any wrongdoing but her ruling had the potential to embarrass Bloomberg!

And the Occupy Wall Street Show Trail of Cecily McMillan, in which the Prosecution told the Defense how they could argue their case.  Conviction followed in short order!

I must say that in some regards the remainder of Mr. Ganesh’s essay almost makes this reader believe the headline about ‘Economic Rights’ – somehow Mr. Ganesh channels one of the only bone fide Liberals in American politics, Bernie Sanders. Will all this change in the next essay?  Washington D.C. and the company of other ‘pundits’ …

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