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boudreaumw

Member Since 16 Jul 2007
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In Topic: Koch Brothers political network set to spend $889 Million on the next pr...

Today, 01:48 PM

I may be sorry I asked, but how is it controlling elections?

 

So you're buying whatever ideas they are selling? Or are you too smart for that, but you're concerned for those "others" who might not be as insightful and sophisticated?

 

How much is just enough and how much is too much? And if you want the government to control political speech aren't you advocating an Incumbents Protection Act?

Huh? I want campaign finance reform. The current system  is broken. It rewards the politicians who ignore their constituents in favor of special interests and the mega wealthy and punishes those who serve their constituents. 


In Topic: Koch Brothers political network set to spend $889 Million on the next pr...

Today, 01:46 PM

If you own a newspaper you can say whatever you want.   There is no dispute about that.   But why should unlimited free speed be restricted to people who own the media?   Why shouldn't people be able to buy advertising space and say what they want?   What's the difference?    And why should we single out "corporations" and restrict the way they spread their political beliefs?   A corporation is just a bunch of people who have pooled their money and distributed shares.   Why would that kind of entity be subject to restriction on their free speech?  

 

Here's the First Amendment: 

 

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

 

Nowhere in there do I see the words "unless it's a corporation or a rich person."  

 

I'm sorry, life isn't fair.   Some people have a lot of money, and they can buy what they want, including advertising to spread their beliefs.   Any restriction on that goes against the First Amendment. 

 

Ok, have fun with your oligarchy than. 

 

Or, on the other hand you could have a grievance against the broken system that is campaign finance. It does not have the will of the people in mind and the 1st Amendment was not intended in this manner. This is not about speech or the freedom there of. It is about campaign finance. 


In Topic: Income Inequality

Today, 12:51 PM

Completely disagree. It is a product of us becoming an Oligarchy. It certainly can be changed.

And should


In Topic: Income Inequality

Today, 12:29 PM

There isnt and shouldn't be a "solution" to income equality. It isnt a problem to be solved. Some people are simply worth more than others, that cannot be changed. We simply need to get government out of the way so each individual can strive to fulfill his potential as he sees fit.

The idea of getting government out of the way is simply flawed. What that line means is stop restricting mega corps from fleecing everyone from the lowly consumer to the small business owner. 


In Topic: Income Inequality

Today, 12:28 PM

That's an excellent way to put it

Indeed it was. Status quo isn't working for the VAST majority of America. The system is rigged that much is obvious.