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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

Dick Cheney As Wise Republican Elder Statesman

Dick Cheney via Wikimedia commons

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

You probably heard that House Republicans brought Dick Cheney in for a meeting yesterday so he — yes, he, most recently of blundered Iraq war fame — could strategize with them on the next go round in that miserable disaster.  They were more than happy to listen, according to Rep. Peter King (R-NY), “because most of us think we did the right thing in Iraq.”  Really?  Does that mean “most” of them still believe al Qaeda was there (it wasn’t) and Saddam Hussein had WMD (he didn’t)?

Holy cow.  Is this really happening?

Today Cheney gave a speech at the ultra-conservative American Enterprise Institute and railed at Obama to do whatever it takes “to win,” even though he and Bush weren’t able to do that themselves.  What gall.

Anyway, what in the world are Republicans thinking bringing back this monster as an adviser?  The guy left office with a 13% approval rating and my sense is he’s still widely despised.  All I can think of is this is what happens when a bunch of people — as in House Republicans — live in Faux News/Limbaugh land.

 

September 10, 2014 at 5:26 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

I Gather a President Can’t Do Much Worse Than Wear a Tan Suit

Watching the cables for a bit today I’ve come to realize that when a Democratic, African-American president wears a tan suit it’s a matter of national security and deep national embarrassment. Or something.

I had no idea.

HWBush in a tan suit

 

Reagan in a Tan suit

 

August 29, 2014 at 4:37 PM 1 comment

Is it Payback Time for Republicans in Georgia?

GOP Dinasour

Remember that we’ve-got-to-reinvent-ourselves post-12012 election evaluation GOP Chairman Reince Priebus was screaming about early last year?

“The way we communicate our principles isn’t resonating widely enough,” he said. “Focus groups described our party as ‘narrow-minded,’ ‘out of touch,’ and ‘stuffy old men.’ The perception that we’re the party of the rich continues to grow.”

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The party will make a concerted effort to elevate more women, Priebus said. He suggested that some “biologically stupid” remarks by Republican candidates turned off women voters. Female surrogates should be elevated, the report says, and women must be promoted within the RNC and included in messaging discussions ” to represent some of the unique concerns that female voters may have.”

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And remember how the party ignored that report?

Conservatives Argue Abortion Can be a Winning Issue for Republicans

Senate Republicans Block Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision

Senate Republicans Reject Equal Pay Bill

Well, it might be payback time, at least in Georgia:

Democrat Michelle Nunn has a sizeable lead over Republican David Perdue in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race, a new poll found, thanks in large part to a huge gender gap.

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Nunn has 47 percent in the new WSB-TV Channel 2/Landmark Communications poll, while Perdue has 40 percent. The big reason: The gender gap.

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“There’s a widening or stagnant gender gap. Mr. Perdue does not seem to be moving or closing his number,” said Channel 2 analyst Bill Crane in a story posted on the WSB site. “He’s about 20 points behind Michelle Nunn in females.

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Sorry, I know it’s tacky but I can’t help it:  Hahahahahahahah!

 

August 25, 2014 at 10:05 AM Leave a comment

The American Military Industrial Complex is Smiling Tonight!

I read something a few weeks back about how ISIS in Iraq has commandeered a huge amount of military equipment we paid for with Our Tax Dollars during the 2013 invasion. The supposed “training” of the Iraqi army George W. and Co. said they were doing was a farce and when ISIS emerged, the so-called army cut and ran, leaving billions of dollars of weapons (like humvees at $200,000 a pop) lying around. So now we’re bombing Iraq again and the the billions of dollars of military equipment we paid for are being blowing up by the people we paid to build them in the first place.

Aye yie yie.  I’m sure the military industrial complex is drinking up a storm tonight but I’m SMFDH.  Our tax dollars down the shit hole, again:

Humvee via wikipedia

(Image via Wikimedia)

When President Obama announced US airstrikes in Iraq, most observers understood that the US would be bombing members of ISIS. What many did not know was that, in a twist of such bitterly symbolic irony that it could only occur in the Middle East, the US would also be bombing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of American military equipment.

Here’s why: in the decade since the 2003 US-led Iraq invasion, the US has spent a fortune training and arming the Iraqi army in the hopes of readying it to secure the country once America left. That meant arming the Iraqi army with high-tech and extremely expensive American-made guns, tanks, jeeps, artillery, and more.

But the Iraqi army has been largely a failure. When ISIS invaded northern Iraq from Syria in June, the Iraqi forces deserted or retreated en masse. Many of them abandoned their American equipment. ISIS scooped it up themselves and are now using it to rampage across Iraq, seizing whole cities, terrorizing minorities, and finally pushing into even once-secure Kurdish territory. All with shiny American military equipment.

So the US air strikes against ISIS are in part to destroy US military equipment, such as the artillery ISIS has been using against Kurdish forces.

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If it weren’t for the military equipment the U.S. walked away from, ISIS wouldn’t be near as powerful and we might not be re-inserting ourselves into that country 11 years after I stood on the protest line doing what I could to stop it because I knew it would be a disaster.  But, voila, here we are.

That said, guess who’s on the corporate media? The people who want to make more war.

Geezus.

 

 

 

August 8, 2014 at 6:19 PM Leave a comment

Paul Ryan’s Book Cover Corrected

Paul Ryan is about to launch a book tour:

Paul Ryan will hold a book signing with Mitt Romney as part of an eight-state, 20-stop bus tour and fly-around to promote Ryan’s forthcoming book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea,” out Aug. 19 from Twelve Books/Grand Central Publishing. Ryan and Romney will reunite Aug. 21 at the Union League Club of Chicago, for a talk and signing billed as “In Conversation with Mitt Romney.” On Aug. 26, Ryan will appear at the George W. Bush Presidential Library, in Dallas, for a similar event with Dana Perino [George W. Bush's former press secretary]. On Aug. 28, he’ll be at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley, Calif., for “In Conversation with Bill Bennett.”  [Bill Bennett was Ronald Reagan's Secretary of Education and his feelings about education were that the position of the Secretary of Education should be abolished.]

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OMG.  Does Ryan really think associating himself with dinosaurs the likes of Mitt Romney and (especially) Bill Bennett for godsake will wisk him into the White House?  I mean, young people do vote.

Anyway, here’s the cover of “The Way Forward:  Renewing the American Idea:”

Paul Ryan book Cover

Thanks to Steve Marmel, we now have a more honest cover:  “I Got Mine, Suckers — One Man’s Journey from Getting Social Security as a Child to Wanting Your Grandparents to Eat Catfood.”

Paul Ryan's book cover fixed via Marmel on Twitter

Yes, Ryan “mooched” off of Social Security as a kid and his budget would make grandparents eat catfood.  He got his!

He’s obviously setting himself up to run for president but he’s doing it a teeny tiny bubble that only he’s privy to.  Oh, and maybe Fox.  You know, the solid 28% who still think GW was a great president and Saddam Hussein had WMD.

 

 

August 7, 2014 at 6:15 PM Leave a comment

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