“Do we get to throw Bush,Cheney and Clinton in jail too? They, after all are responsible for this mess. I don't understand why the guy that has to clean up the mess that was left by the previous administration should be catching so much flack. Unless there is another reason that you are not telling us.”
Ken Dreger on Apr 2, 2010 at 00:19:46
“Are you kidding? He chose Geithner who under the NYFed let it happen. He reconfirmed Bernanke who is more of the same. Obama didn't cause it, but he isn't fixing it either.”
“Again the problem with this train of thought is that just Goldman Sacs alone can out spend the SEIU by a factor of 10 to 1. Not exactly a level playing field. But that is the only way the Republicans can win, because they a devoid of ideas. When you here one Republican speak you don't need to hear another because they all say the very same thing using the very same words.
I liked this country when the person with the best ideas won. When people with vision towards the future and for future generations. Now all we hear are what someone can't do or who they slept with or some other insult. What the supremes have done is make sure that it is all we will ever here now. Anyone who doesn't toe the corporate line will be mercilessly disparaged and maligned, even though they may be the next Jefferson.
If Obama and the Democrats had an ounce of guts they would tax the corporate donations at 500% and put it in a fund to start funding public financing. But they don't, so they won't.”
DavidShort on Mar 26, 2010 at 22:59:44
“I agree, it would be so much better if we could just hear what a person believes and plans to do. But those days are long since gone, if they indeed ever existed. Political campaigns have always been like this since the very first days of this country. They shouldn't be, but they are.
But the money is not what is important. The message is. I can spend trillions telling everyone that it is a good idea to cut off one hand. No one will go for that. It is up to the voter to do the job of voting. It's tough, but them's the rules.
Public financing would be the worst possible thign to happen to campaigns. Other than the obvious violation of the 1st Amendment, it would force each individual to support a candidate they oppose. Public funding has to come from public money, which derives from taxes. Since it would be run by the politicians, the possibility of corruption explodes to the near expected. And it would favor those with connections, punishing those without. They wouldn't dare finance a candidate that showed any danger to the established regime.
Let me ask you this: If George Bush could run again, would you donate to his campaign? With public financing, you would have no choice but to.”
“Your source didn't bother to mention that 49 out 50 Attorney Generals of the country were blocked by the Bush administration from reigning in the sub-prime sharks when he took them all the way to the Supreme Legislature (court). It was a done deal once it got that far as we've seen with this court. If you are in business, you win!”
“So how many times have we caught our great allies spying on us and stealing our technology, 4,5 a dozen. Some ally! With friends like this who needs enemies. The fact is, Israel puts Israel first and that's as it should be. America should put America first. I do know this much though, that tiny nation has caused us more trouble than any other ever has and I have had a belly full of AIPAC and their arrogance.
“I think that what this decision did was allow one or two people who control the corporation to use the power and bank account of the particular corporation to amplify THEIR political positions, thus giving them an unfair advantage in an election compared to the average citizen. Why should a small minority of persons be able to tip the scales in an election by using millions or possibly billions of dollars that are not theirs. Shouldn't all the stock holders and the employees have an equal say in the outlay of these dollars since they are part of the corporation too. The fact of this decision is that we have just made super citizens out of CEOs and if you don't understand that this will completely change the landscape of elections then you haven't been paying attention to what has been happening in our great democracy.
This will have a chilling effect on an elected officials policy towards corporations. What politician will dare go against Wall Street with the threat of billions of dollars of negative ads directed at them if they dare to challenge Wall Street's authority.
Bottom line is that this decision was a bad decision for Democracy and a worse decision for America”
hp blogger Jeff Norman on Mar 12, 2010 at 01:44:00
“Discusted, where's the evidence stockholders share your concerns, or the consequences you fear are likely to materialize?”
“The bottom line is that the government of the United States of America is the most corrupt government in the history of the world, when measured dollar for dollar and it is corporations that have corrupted it. When Bush and company came to Washington the lobbyist count doubled and they didn't leave when the Dems took over. Now their voices are so loud that ours can't be heard. Largely because they amplify theirs with very large checks and promises of employment after Congress.
I would hope that as American citizens that would could at least agree that regardless of ideology that we should be able to fight out policy amongst ourselves without the influence of a man made entity corrupting the process. It would be nice to have the best ideas win instead of the fattest wallet winning all the time.
The founders of the nation new that this time in history would come and they gave us the tools to deal with it. Now we just have to use the tools, it's time for a constitutional amendment repealing the right of corporate person-hood. I for one would like to control the future of this nation and not leave it in the hands of the globalist who could care less where their profits come from or whether we continue to be a superpower or not.
“the United states of america is not the most corrupt ever in the world dollar for dollar(real quallified statement thAT makes it hard to argue, a Rovian tactic!)#1 has any one in your goverment convicted of swiss bank accounts over 10% gnp. #2 mass executions with cleanup crews sent afterwords to pick the dead and their bodies clean#3 Do we send family members a bill forthe bullet that executed their loved ones, #Do we have officials with their hands out to install a water well, or build a road, or to be allowed to call a lawyer, when arrested by a corupt cop who dont make enough on his weekly saleriy! I believe and pray your answer is NO! if not please move to my america , where cowboy are required to check their guns, and where crazy peaple choose to have abortions instead of forcing their mentally ill children to be a burdon on sociaty specially when their parents Die!”
leg17 on Mar 11, 2010 at 06:12:56
How about an amendment that defines 'personhood' as being only a human being, not a corporation or any other entity. A real human beginning with conception. That would take REAL compromise on both sides. That would put humanity back into human beings and clean out all the nonsense we have to deal with now from all sides of the aisle.”
“You don't have to end it. Harry just has to use it. Let's face it, these senators are a bunch of arrogant, pompous,self serving hypocrites. Most of whom are very wealthy, if harry said, "OK let's talk" and made those pompous thugs stay there and talk themselves out, they wouldn't be so quick to yell "filibuster"! Oh they might give it the old college try for the first one, but I guarantee that they will wus out on the next one and the one after that will be a long time coming. Just use it Harry!”
Chauncey1186 on Feb 19, 2010 at 22:43:59
“Couldn't agree with you more!
It's not the actual filibuster that is the problem, it's this ridiculous caving that goes on just at the thought of a filibuster. Seriously, if the Dems had a spine, the GOP would have been forced to "put up or shut up". Instead we get this wimpy, "60 votes or nothing" defeatism that has effectively shut down an entire branch of our government. Strangely enough, I don't blame the Rethugs for being what they've always been, I blame the Dems for bending over and saying "please sir, may I have another?".
Mr. Cunningham, show me you are not just another opportunist jumping on the anti-incumbent bandwagon, and that you actually have the cojones to NOT be just more of the same and I will not only donate to your campaign, but will take my precious vacation time and actively work on your campaign to help you win your election. Ffor the love of all that is holy, I just can't take another political carpetbagger trying to get a piece of the pie!
Yeah, I'm skeptical, and quite honestly, sir, we just can't take any more disappointment. This party runs the serious risk of massive numbers of Dem voters staying home, not only this fall, but also for future elections...all because we can't trust what you tell us anymore. We used to believe in "Yes, We Can"...make us believe it again.”
“The only thing you need to ask yourselves as Americans is; are you gonna take it like senate democrats or are you finally gonna get mad and fight for your rights. Like the men that founded this nation 234 years ago. They gave us the tools to change this ruling because they knew this would happen, they just didn't know when.
I say it's time to fight for our democracy just as those brave kids in Afghanistan are right now. Just like generation before us have. It is time to fight as if our beloved country depended on it, because it does. I can only speak for myself but, its a fight I'm ready for, It's a fight I'm dying to have. I am sick to death of these corporation enslaving me, whether it be on the job, or at the bank, or buying insurance. They have invaded every section of our lives from deciding whether we live or die to stealing our communities identity by having tax payers build a stadium and for a couple million bucks they put their names on it.
These folks have started the ball rolling we just need to get involved. But don't get on these blogs every night and bitch about the spineless dems in the senate if you are unwilling to join the fight yourselves. We have enough hypocrisy in this country already.
“I believe they brought us the wars in Iraq and Afghanaston just so we would forget they are stealing our democracy and rights. As seen previously on this site, now called a 'corpocracy'. Well put and i congratulate the originator of that term.
It nausiates me to see another Cheney (Liz) back in the news. Corruption at its finest!! I would bet my left one that she will be running in 2012 instead of Palin, who will be conveniently given the abassadorship to.....Russia!! Because she knows where it is!!”
“I know I'm not as smart as Ira Glasser, but what do you think politicians need campaign money for? TV and radio and newspaper advertisements. That is where the vast majority of their money goes. So it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand if one candidate can out spend you 10 or 20 to one on TV ads, the candidate with one doesn't stand a snowballs chance in hell of getting elected. Which means an average citizen will never be elected again. Sorry Ira, I don't see much democracy in that.”
“Well the reason Obama is having so much trouble with these businesses is that they don't take him seriously. If I were the president in time of war, I would use the Patriot Act II that has a clause in it about Economic Terrorism and I would load up my G-Men and show up at their offices sans warrants and just start taking them apart. Send a few to Gitmo without the benefit of counsel or maybe ship them to Egypt, watererboad a few of them to find out who new what and when they knew it. After all, what they did was terrorism. I mean when you destroy the world's economy and make money doing it, I would say that fits the definition.
Then he would have their attention. Then they would be much more compliant and according to the Republicans it would be all perfectly legal.”
poco767c on Feb 9, 2010 at 09:50:13
“Do you really want that?
I want regulation, I want protection for corporate malfeasance but I also want freedom and liberty, I want justice for all, even those who do not deserve justice.
America is a nation of laws, just because there is a loophole in executive powers doesn't mean that it is right for any president to act like an emperor, no matter how noble his cause may appear”
“I can see a direct correlation between the ten fold rise in the number of lobbyist over that last decade and the stagnation of our politics. It's simple, our politicians believe that it is more important to raise money than it is to support the constituents that they supposedly represent. The plain fact is, they no longer fear the voters. So I say through the bums out, all of them. What's the worst that could happen. Because the ones that are there now have proven time after time that the concerns of the American people is secondary to their re-election”
Ea Lark on Feb 6, 2010 at 09:03:05
“I totally agree. But, why are there so many incumbent and career politicians in the first place. Ask yourself, "how often have I voted for an incumbent"? Through our collective actions we helped enable this problem. It is up to us to solve it. Now let's throw the bums out...anyone out there know how to herd cats?”
BobDin on Feb 6, 2010 at 03:46:38
“It has never been more apparent we have the best government money can buy.”
“Seems to me they could fix the problem tomorrow if they had some guts. Simply tax any corporate contributions at 1000 %. They spend a million and they pay a billion. What a perfect way to get public financing off the ground. Even the Supreme Legislature, I mean Court can't take away Congresses power to tax. But then again I'm not sure these guys have actually read the Constitution.”