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What’s so funny about Super PACs?

What’s so funny about Super PACs?

Dan Clickman, Executive Director Congressional Programs, Aspen Institute; Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center, shares his thoughts, insights and some incredible facts regarding  Super PACs and their influence on the 2012 elections cycle in which, according to Mr. Clickman, $33 million has been reported in expenditures so far.  How much more money is going to be infused into this election?  This is the most unhealthy turn our Democracy could have taken….and it’s only the beginning.  The full effects of this “virus” has not been felt yet.  We need to find the vaccine for this killer disease and NOW.

To quote Mr. Clickman, “Super PACs only serve to enrich broadcasters and worse, relentlessly assault Americans with negativity and the ugly side of politics. Public confidence in government is at record lows and unlimited Super PAC expenditures on campaigns further erode Americans’ belief in the effectiveness of their democracy. We need to restore Americans’ belief that their government can work together to find solutions to overcome the obstacles confronting the nation.”

Read the full article from Huffington Post here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-glickman/the-joke-is-on-us-super-p_b_1236452.html

Dear GOP, say the opposite of what you mean and maybe you’ll get it right.

It’s pretty amazing when you think about how much modern-day Republicans refer to Abraham Lincoln.  He who lead the nation through civil war and the end slavery, he who praised the worker and reminded the nation that nothing material existed prior to the labor that produced it–and that labor was to be recognized before all… Continue Reading

GOP: Greed, Opulance and Pompous-ity

GOP: Greed, Opulance and Pompous-ity

Mitt Romney is arguably the best example of the 1%.  Mitt Romney is on the verge of clinching the GOP candidacy in the 2012 presidential election.  Who is it that the GOP stands for again?  Tim Dickerson provides all the gory details (Rolling Stone Magazine, November 2011). http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-the-gop-became-the-party-of-the-rich-20111109 Continue Reading

How To Be Fluent in Republican

How To Be Fluent in Republican

Jonathan Bines, writing for the Huffington Post, walks us through the essential vocabulary one must be familiar with if we are to ever be able to sit down and have a conversation with a Republican.  As many of us who have tried can attest to, it’s impossible.  You use reason, facts, and logic, but it… Continue Reading

Koch and Friends aka The Real Enemies List

Koch and Friends aka The Real Enemies List

Gavin Aronsen takes us through what we should all consider to be America’s real enemies list. The billionaire trust-funders David and Charles Koch, also referred to as the Koch Brothers, have an annual meeting that usually takes place under the cloak of secrecy. They invite their BFFs and those who share their very un-American philosophies… Continue Reading

W.R. Pitt: Dick Cheney’s Crimes

W.R. Pitt: Dick Cheney’s Crimes

William Rivers Pitt makes the ultimate case for why Dick Cheney should be prosecuted, while at the same time, explaining why that will likely never happen.  The current administration will not consider it and if a future administration might, how much longer can this old, sickly man with no functioning heart live? The argument has… Continue Reading

Brad Friedman: The final death of the Fairness Doctrine

Remember the Fairness Doctrine? It has met its final resting place.  The first to ensure it’s death was dear old Ronald Reagan.  He smothered it with a pillow.  Now, the president who we thought might breathe some life back into it has decided instead, to put the final nail in its coffin.  Farewell Fairness Doctrine….… Continue Reading

Wall Street’s Pre-Bailout Bailout

Wall Street’s Pre-Bailout Bailout

Remember the 2008 Wall Street bailout?  Poor Wall Street–if the hard working American tax payers didn’t give it billions in loans, it would have tumbled to the ground bringing us all down with it.  Doom!  Gloom!  End times!  But ….why did Wall Street need a bailout when, according to Bloomberg.com, it, and others, were already… Continue Reading