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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Campaign Money

This stuck me as interesting.  From all the talk I thought it was the opposite.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff


Craig H said...

Here's one I wrote in response to a Dick Howe site regurgitation of a Jim Hightower piece awhile back:

I will say, however, that I find the Republican whining especially humorous, as the only thing they're disappointed about is that they weren't able to be #1 in the racketeering sweepstakes, so they content themselves with carping about the Democrats as their own partisan campaign finance version of the sour grapes story.

That both sides continue to leave the Supreme Court off the hook for its most egregious (and baldly political) confusion of civil rights vs corporate rights is the real tragedy here.

I'm voting for anyone interested in heading to Washington to set that one straight.

C R Krieger said...

I don't agree re the US Supreme Court decision.  The "make no law" thing should be respected along every axis.  It made some sort of sense, a while ago, to treat corporations as "people".  If we reverse that assumption what else do we change?

It reminds me of when the Air Force took the hydraulic wing fold out of their F-4s with the "E" model (F-4E).  Then we had an outer wing break off on an F-4E out of Nellis AFB.  It came back through the fuselage.  Both crew members bought it.  I didn't know the back seater, but my wife later told me his father was the Chaplain at Webb AFB, Texas, who Christened our daughter.  Oh, and a one-time inspection of all F-4Es, so that while stepping to the aircraft, at Korat RTAFB, Thailand, in the same week in 1973, a crew chief pointed to a crack in the wing fold mechanism of the wingman's.  I touched it and half of the metal part fell into the palm of my hand.  Yep, if he had taken that aircraft and then rolled in on a Close Air Support target in Cambodia an hour later and gotten a "no release" with six tons of bombs on the pylons and done a rolling pull-off he might have found himself in the same pickle.

It seemed like a good idea at the time, the simplification of the F-4 utility hydraulic system.  The same with stripping corporations of their status.  Explore and explain all the ramifications and I might agree that it is a good idea.

Regards  —  Cliff

Craig H said...

The day a corporation can be tried and convicted of murder and sentenced as a person would be sentenced for deaths occurring by their responsibility will be an interesting day.

Until then, spare me that they in any way need First Amendment privileges on top of all their other corporate legal indulgences.

Jack Mitchell said...

As a shareholder, I grant authority to the board to risk my investment for the potential benefit of dividends.

They are not authorized to speak for me. Their license is limited.

Does anyone envision, besides me, an America where all the GOPers drive FORDs and The Dems drive CHEVY. That the corporations will take an idealogical bent.

That board rooms will be forced to navigate based on social science and less on sound fiscal principles.

SCOTUS screwed the pooch on this one. This rabbit hole is scary.

Target flinched. It's over.