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Because you are all smarts and no cents or is that sense? You call it :)
Ken, I think we actually found some agreement here. The sources of money should be posted and available when that individual or organization chooses to engage in political expenditures. Waiting for 6-12 months after the election and allowing super pacs to hide their sources forever is the problem IMO. Our local school board election is just one small example.
Scott, I think that unknown "dark" money is the problem. The source of ALL political donations should be public knowledge.
"Citizens United was about the First Amendment as it relates to expression and Freedom of Association and had nothing to do with corporate tax rates. The Citizens United decision finally and deservedly put to rest the notion that individuals may lose First Amendment protections when they associate with other like-minded people. Labor Unions have operated this way for generations, so it's not an unusual or novel interpretation of free expression combined with freedom of association."
"Now, we'll have to wait and see if these Board Members will represent the parents that elected them or the special interest group that provided the overwhelming majority of the money spent to support their election."
You cannot have it both ways Ken. Either Money = Free Speech, or Money = Influence and Corruption. Which is it?
As the effects of the Citizens United decision filter down to the local level it is becoming apparent that this issue needs to be addressed. The citizens need to take back control of the election process by shining some sunlight onto political donations and expenditures. The so called dark money will wither and die like dracula in the sunshine.
Citizen led efforts have resulted in new tax laws, marajuana laws, new electoral districts and a complete change in the California primary process. It is time for the citizens to speak out and change campaign finance/super pac laws also. It is very clear that the political class will never address this issue.
"If your assertion here were valid, there would not be over $2.2 Trillion dollars being held overseas by corporations who refuse to repatriate the cash and have it taxed at 39.4%. Corporations like Johnson wold not be leaving for Ireland, and companies (like Boeing) in expensive labor states (like Washington) would not be building factories in more competitive states like South Carolina. But they are."
Citizens United holds that Corporations = People right? OK fine, if Corporations do business in America they should owe the same taxes regardless of where they might headquarter themselves. After All, citizens have both rights and responsibilities.
The current tax loophole system has allowed the wealthiest citizens among us to avoid paying what is owed to the society that helped them build their largess. All we want is to end the corrupt system that enables them to avoid paying what is due. If they think basing their headquarters in Ireland makes good business sense that is swell, but that decision should not change the basic structure of the taxes that are owed to the American people for doing business in this country using the infrastructure and resources that the American taxpayers have funded.
"Here's one HUGE difference. Try to understand the following: The corporations are not breaking the law--illegal aliens ARE!"
WRONG! Corporations break the same laws every single time they hire an undocumented worker. If there were no jobs and no money to be made there would be no illegal immigration.
During he heyday of American growth in the 50's and 60's Corporations and wealthy individuals were taxed at much higher rates than they are today and yet the American economy experienced the largest percentage growth in history thru those decades giving lie to the Conservative viewpoint that lower tax rates on "Job Creators" will jump start the economy.
"Just the facts Ma'am"
I await your ridicule and communist accusations.
Gotta go with you on Clinton, but it was the youth vote that propelled Obama to the top, and Bernie is building much the same coalition. I am not sure that either one of the parties has control of the process anymore.
I am not supporting any candidate at this point, but am a very interested observer.
What will you do if change turns out to include Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton?
That is because all the excess heat is being trapped in the deep ocean.
The signs are there if you just open your mind to the facts.
Listening to the naysayers, one would think that gasoline just jumps out of the ground for free so you can pump it into your gas tank. Do any of you comprehend that it takes fossil fuel in order to get more fossil fuel out of the ground and processed? Form the original drilling of the well, transportation and cracking, the entire industry uses fuel so that they can create more fuel. What is so wrong with using fuel to maintain a wind generator?
No, it is not hypocritical to use fuel in order to create energy, that is how it is done.
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