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I know we don’t agree with Obama ’round here, but I will give him credit for one thing.


Whether he’s posturing or not, that SCOTUS decision that sold our campaigns and candidates to the special interest groups was terrible beyond any belief.

The fact that Obama had the cojones to call them out on it in a State of the Union speech gave me just a *tad* bit more respect for the man on that instance.

Just once.

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3 Responses to “I know we don’t agree with Obama ’round here, but I will give him credit for one thing.”
  1. Austin Parris Parris85 says:

    Man that Austin Parris is a smart guy, he’s also pretty good-looking if I do recall.

    Anybody catch Sam Alito’s frustration at being called out by POTUS?

  2. EdFulop EdFulop says:

    Split personalities aside — I actually disagree with you on this one, Austin. If corporations are treated as individuals by both the laws AND the courts, I think they should have the same rights that we do as individuals. They will still be limited in the amount of cash they can actually contribute to a race, just as we are as individuals — hence Alito’s Joe Wilson moment — so any furor that this drums up is a red herring. Besides, as someone who goes to the FEC’s web-site all the time to see who is donating to who’s campaign, it will make it that much easier to see what special interest a MoC is beholden to because of a campaign contribution. Check this article out below.

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/justice-alitos-reaction/?scp=5&sq=supreme%20court&st=cse

    On another note, I think the executive branch of government attacking the judicial branch is bad for the business of leadership. At the moment, the House and Senate are still under Liberal control. God willing, on November 3rd, that, too will change, and inevitably, the attacks will begin to include the legislative branch as well. Lincoln said “a house divided against itself cannot stand”. What happened to Obama being the Great Uniter?

  3. Austin Parris Parris85 says:

    Hmm, well, I am concerned simply from a campaign perspective about the idea that this might make it more palatable for candidates to raise funds straight from businesses rather than from the citizenry.

    I never really liked the idea of fundraising anyways, and I’ll take goods and services any day. If this works out and it means that like you said, corporations are actually more open because of this, then I’ll definitely retract my thoughts on it. Initially I cringed because I feel like special interest groups and lobbying already have too much credence in our legislative system, and I felt like this just gave them the card that says “pass go and collect 200$”.

    I’ve been wrong before. On the “attacking” the judicial system: yeah, he probably shouldn’t have called them out, and I’m sure he’ll get flack for it, but I was sure impressed that he had the guts to do it in a state of the union address.

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