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Dan, I agree completely. Not really a union guy either but that is a different topic. The link was more about the California/Arizona Court findings than anything else. That it happens to be a union site is because they are the ones with the biggest axe to grind against the Kochs thus the reporting. (Check the backup links to mostly real newspapers that are in the article.)
I do not believe that the fact it is union reporting changed the facts any. You just have to read from enough sources to try and de-spin the way so many news outlets present information. Each brings their own particular bias or spin. This includes each and every one of us.
"Koch Brothers 59th in PAC contributions" - Yes, but only if you look at what they publically list as contributions. The problem is that with the advent of the fuzzy relationships between Candidate, PAC, and Super PAC has allowed "dark money" to be freely moved around and sources hidden from view.
Just looking at the following link where groups directly affiliated with the Koch Brothers were fined for illegal money transfers from within organizations to hide the sources.
I would love to see the complete elimination of PACS and Super PACS and call for the following:
1. Unlimited campaign contributions from any individual or business.
2. Complete transparency - All campaign donations must be public domain information
3. No candidate fundraising until 1 calendar year prior to the election.
4. At the end of each election cycle, ALL unused campaign funds revert to the government organization that the candidate was running for. Each Candidate starts with fresh fundraising for each new election.
Campaign finances are like cocaine to these candidates. The more campaign funds that our elected officials are allowed to amass, the more they want and the less they respond to the concerns of their constituents. The only thing they are motivated to accomplish is raising more "campaign money" and they will say almost anything in order to built a package that can be sold to the donors.
This is NOT a right/left issue. Politicians on both sides are rolling in dough and laughing at your concerns all the way to the bank.
I find it enlightening that our two favorite conservative bloggers choose to attack one of their own over the Sage Grouse! Cindy has consistently supported conservative points of view but when she expresses an opinion that the Sage Grouse mating is a spectacle worth seeing, the trolls come out of the woodwork to attack her for that opinion.
Eating your own may work for wild animals like wolves and bears, but it does not bode well for the future of politics.
Sorry guys, but not every issue boils down to Dem. Vs Rep. some things are just simply awe inspiring and stand on their own. Anyone who fails to appreciate the wonders around us should consider themselves jaded beyond repair and retreat to the safety of their own mind. All single source viewers of both Fox and MSNBC fall into this category.
Your mom is fat! Oh Yeah, your mom wears cowboy boots. Take that back or my dad will beat up your dad.
Until we can return to a society that actually listens to one another instead of everyone just beating their chest and bellowing like a big gorilla, we will continue to worsen the divide. It is time for common sense to prevail and for our elected officials to find compromise solutions. They exist if anyone will listen. Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?
Coming from the man that does not understand how rain that falls on an asphalt parking lot is different that rain that falls on a grassy meadow, I guess we all know how much to value Mr. Hartless' opinion on environmental issues.
It is absolutely clear that mankind is capable of screwing up the environment and there are numerous examples of exactly that over the last 50 years. Ask any resident of Times Beach, Mo. It only makes sense to try to create both an economy and and environment that our nation can live with for the next 100 years. We have the capability to do both! The only real question is do we have the wisdom.
Really Fred? We are having a serious discussion about term limits and campaign finance and you bring up voter fraud. Tell me, google it, come up with even a single example of an actual voter fraud case: I will give you one free one. North Carolina identified 475 cases of voter fraud out of
6,947,317 ballots cast for a grand total of .00174 percent. Not exactly election changing.
While I completely agree that actual voter fraud should be punished harshly, let us not confuse voter fraud with what Acorn was found to be doing which was creating fraudulent voter registrations that were almost universally thrown out due to those same discrepancies. As far as I can tell, not one of those fraudulent "registrations" actually created a fraudulent vote. Yes, you should be able to prove who you are in this day and age and most of us have no problem with that.
The problem that democrats have with so called voter fraud is that in so many places that scary title has been used to drive a wedge between the poorest people of this country and their right to vote. When they take early voting periods, reduce hours, and close voting stations to cause excessive lines force people to wait it causes concern. Having to prove who you are to get on the voter roles is a very valid concern but creating problems out of thin air speaks more of Jim Crow era laws than actual fraud.
I can come up with more examples where new rules were created that actually worked to make voting harder for citizens with no real impact on fraud than you can come up with examples of actual legitimate voting fraud.
You can start by explaining how closing all of the college accessible voting places and forcing students to travel and/or wait in long lines has improved the voter fraud situation in North Carolina:
Is that not a two way street Fred? Seems to me that the voting public could benefit greatly from completely transparent fundraising. It always helps to know who is paying for opinion A vs B.
Money is the root of our politicians allegiances and getting re-elected is priority #1. We should at least know who is paying for them.
There is no way you can successfully argue that the left has any advantage or disadvantage over the right when it comes to political contributions and dirty money. Both sides are guilty as heck and it is time to rein in the abuse. When over 90% of our elected representatives become millionaires while in office something smells.
PS. I left out two items above.
The ONLY way to influence the behavior of a large company like Comcast is to vote with your checkbook. As long as enough people in Steamboat continue to send their monthly payments, the company in question will not change. IF they see a serious decline in their revenue, it is just possible that they will respond to their customers concerns. As long as the money rolls in month after month, they will not spend one dime more than they have to on redundancy and customer service.
How about this then:
With their poor record of service, anyone that is still giving Comcast money deserves the poor service that they are receiving. SImply put, there are other options and your time/money would be better spent pursuing those choices than continuing to reward Comcast for their terrible attitude about customer service.
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