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Senate Republicans Block Passage of Amendment Prohibiting Rich People From Buying Our Elections

Voting Machine

 

As soon as the Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions were handed down by the Supreme Court I knew it might be impossible to reverse them because as the minutes passed, rich donors poured money into the pockets of politicians, making them less and less likely to vote to overturn them:

Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a constitutional amendment meant to reverse two recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign spending.

Senate Democrats needed 60 votes to end debate on the measure, but fell short in the 54-42 party-line vote.

Earlier this week, more than 20 Republicans voted with Democrats in a 79-18 vote to advance the amendment in order to force Democrats to spend the week debating the merits of the measure.

Republicans “forced” Democrats to spend the week debating the measure so they could lay around, doing nothing, as is their wont.  They’re killing time until (at last) November 4, when they hope to regain control of the Senate and then, if they do, they’ll twiddle their fingers until the new electees are sworn in in January, 2015.  If they don’t win control of the Senate in November, they’ll be furious and they’ll dig in their heels until November, 2016 so keeping Democrats busy with meaningless debates lets them off the hook.

The amendment … would have needed to win two-thirds support to pass the Senate, and then would still have needed to move through the House and be ratified by two-thirds of the states.

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The 2010 Citizens United ruling struck down restrictions that had barred corporations and unions from spending money from their general treasury funds to support or oppose candidates. In McCutcheon, the court struck aggregate limits on individual contributions to candidates.

Democrats argued the Supreme Court decision has allowed billionaires to flood the campaign spending system with “dark money” in order to buy election results.

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Don’t you love it:  “Democrats argued the Supreme Court decision has allowed billionaires to flood the campaign spending system with ‘dark money’ in order to buy election results.”  That isn’t a partisan argument; it’s a fact:  Political Donations Soar After Supreme Court Rules Against Campaign Contribution Caps.  Too bad The Hill found it necessary to imply that’s some sort of dubious spin.  It’s verifiable and if they cared about informing their readers, they’d have included data proving it to be true.

So, at this point, I don’t see how we stop our elections from being bought.

September 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM Leave a comment

House Republicans Run Their Fall Agenda By Their K Street Handlers

(Image via KevinMcCarthy.House.gov)

 

I wish there was a way every American could know about this:

Senior House Republican leadership aides gave K Street lobbyists a peak at their September agenda, just days before lawmakers come back to Washington, according to several sources present.

The lobbyists were briefed the same day Republican lawmakers got a memo from Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) about the month’s agenda. In fact, the lobbyists got more information than the lawmakers did in their memo.

Tim Berry, McCarthy’s chief of staff, said in the meeting in the Capitol that the House would attempt to move a bill to fund the government next week.

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There were more than 50 lobbyists in the McCarthy briefing in the Capitol, including Elena Tompkins of Tompkins Strategies, Pat Raffaniello of Raffaniello & Associates, Missy Edwards of Missy Edwards Strategies, Con Lass of Ogilvy Government Relations, Manny Rossman of Squire Patton Boggs, Brian Vanderbloemen of McGuireWoods Consulting, Steve Tilton of Crossroads Strategies, David French of the National Retail Federation and Malloy McDaniel of Blank Rome Government Relations.

“It was a good chance when things are flat to meet with the policy team about what’s going to happen in the next two-week stretch,” said one lobbyist, who attended the McCarthy session.

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Get used to the name Kevin McCarthy.  He’s the new House Majority Whip now that Eric Cantor lost his reelection bid earlier this year.  Anyway, isn’t it just so nice of the Republicans to reassure their handlers the lobbyists that they’re thinking of them?

September 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM 1 comment

Happy Labor Day to Us!

Labor unions have done a lot:

Labor Day 2014

But we’ve still got work to do:

Vacation Day tweet 9-1-14

Larger version here.

September 1, 2014 at 12:16 PM 1 comment

Proof That Unions Are Awful — Per United Press International

Northwestern

We know the powers that be are working again us, right?  No?  Here’s an example:  United Press International (UPI), a supposedly unbiased “news” organization, posted this headline today seemingly trying to scare people into thinking that unionization destroys football teams and thus, extrapolating, careers and lives:

Northwestern loses to UC Berkley, first game since union OK

Really?

This is what unions gave us:

  • Weekends
  • All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
  • Paid Vacation
  • FMLA
  • Sick Leave
  • Social Security
  • Minimum Wage
  • Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
  • 8-Hour Work Day
  • Overtime Pay
  • Child Labor Laws
  • Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  • 40 Hour Work Week
  • Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Pensions
  • Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
  • Employer Health Care Insurance
  • Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
  • Wrongful Termination Laws
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  • Whistleblower Protection Laws
  • Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
  • Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  • Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
  • Sexual Harassment Laws
  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Holiday Pay
  • Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
  • Privacy Rights
  • Pregnancy and Parental Leave
  • Military Leave
  • The Right to Strike
  • Public Education for Children
  • Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
  • Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

The pro-corporate propaganda is everywhere here in the U.S.  It’s unescapable.   And it’s being shoved down our throats every which to Sunday.

That said, Happy Labor Day and bravo to We the Laborers who keep this country running.

 

 

August 30, 2014 at 6:54 PM Leave a comment

Americans Know More About What Colors Not to Wear After Labor Day Than They Do About the Minimum Wage

Take MSNBC’s Labor Day quiz:

How much do you know about Labor Day?

What color not to wear after Labor Day wins.

Labor Day Quiz re min wage

 

Labor Day quiz #2

The move to dumb down education in the U.S. is a success!  Yippee.  The corporatocracy is cheering!

 

August 28, 2014 at 7:22 PM Leave a comment

People Should Not Have the “Freedom” to Destroy the Planet

CARBON is the first film in the Green World Rising Series.

(Via.)

August 20, 2014 at 1:28 PM Leave a comment

Time, Inc., Wants its Writers to Cater to Advertisers

What passes for “journalism” in the corporatocracy that is the USA circa 2014:

Time Magazine logo

Time Inc. has fallen on hard times. Would you believe that this once-proud magazine publishing empire is now explicitly rating its editorial employees based on how friendly their writing is to advertisers?

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Here you see an internal Time Inc. spreadsheet that was used to rank and evaluate “writer-editors” at SI.com. (Time Inc. provided this document to the Newspaper Guild, which represents some of their employees, and the union provided it to us.) The evaluations were done as part of the process of deciding who would be laid off. Most interesting is this ranking criteria: “Produces content that [is] beneficial to advertiser relationship.”

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I don’t guess I’ll be reading TIME magazine anymore.

August 18, 2014 at 11:24 AM Leave a comment

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