Either some of you did not read Eric's article, or you dispute his conclusions.
The key conclusion I read was that less government would eliminate this issue
entirely. If the federal government were not the source of all favors, people
would not spend so much money to elect a president; there would be no payoff.
Can anyone imagine George Washington being approached for all kinds of favors
and benefits only to a certain group? Washington would have had them escorted
out of his office, and maybe out of the country.
One of the ways that we can reduce the impact of money while retaining the First
Amendment to the Constitution is to restrict the amount of broadcast advertising
that each candidate can buy either by dollar amount or by the amount of time.
This would equalize the prime source of information providing that the
television time would only be available for sale to candidates in the last sixty
days before either a primary or general election. Independent expenditure
committees would be free to buy as much social media advertising as they saw
fit, but could not broadcast television commercials. They could also buy as much
print or direct mail advertising as their resources would allow.While this would not solve the problem, it would give less well financed
candidates a fighting chance to win an election.
He who haveth the most gold and silver winith.
The Adelson's can only hope that if elected Newt will be as careful as President
Obama has been to make sure that major contributors are well rewarded for their
The Supreme Court of the United States gave outside organizations so much power
to be able to influence elections. We now have foreign countries and companies
and people from those countries that can influence directly our political
process. This is wrong. We live in a country that believes in life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness. This is our Country and even though a lot of our
products come other countries which then in turn loan us money to pay for the
goods twice, directly and indirectly. Our country durable goods used to make us
strong. Intellectual property is that, intellectual but it is pirated from our
people in the USA. We have allowed companies to go around the world and
establish themselves as the laws in the USA were too stringent to make money.
Companies tried to influence the laws to make it more beneficial to make money
but the government, our elected leaders and their bureaucrats made it so we
moved and outsourced our jobs. We have cleaner public and workplace air and
have fewer deaths and injuries in the workplace, but we have a lot, a lot fewer
jobs and the benefit of work and family money
Everyone gets free speech or no one does.That court was appopinted
by Bush, we need to keep Obama from any more appointments.
The right wing extreme supreme court ruined this country with the ruling that
donating millions of dollars to a PAC is free speech.Corporations
and businesses own the government.
If my speech represents the light of one little candle, then the speech of MR.
Exxon Mobile must be that of a thousand white-hot suns. All that remains for a
complete corporate takeover of everything in society is to set the price.