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    Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Political Donation Cap

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/03/us...s.html?hp&_r=0

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a major campaign finance decision, striking down some limits on federal campaign contributions for the first time. The ruling, issued near the start of a campaign season, will change and most likely increase the already large role money plays in American politics.
    Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for four justices in the controlling opinion, said the First Amendment required striking down the limits. “There is no right in our democracy more basic,” he wrote, “than the right to participate in electing our political leaders.”
    I can't wait to read the whole opinion. This line already reeks of bull****.
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    It's amazing to me how this court continues to believe that donations are not inherently a corrupting influence.

    Anyway, this is another one of those instances where the court was split down partisan lines, and it highlights one of those areas why presidential elections do matter. It's fashionable to say that all the candidates are corporatists and centrists and there are only distinctions rather than differences. Well, not always. If Kerry had won in 2004 neither Alito nor Roberts is on the bench.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWalrus View Post
    It's amazing to me how this court continues to believe that donations are not inherently a corrupting influence.

    Anyway, this is another one of those instances where the court was split down partisan lines, and it highlights one of those areas why presidential elections do matter. It's fashionable to say that all the candidates are corporatists and centrists and there are only distinctions rather than differences. Well, not always. If Kerry had won in 2004 neither Alito nor Roberts is on the bench.
    And we would still have a corporatist, war-mongering, anti-liberty, anti-privacy, anti-habeas corpus government that hates the Bill of Rights and assassinates Americans, even children.

    BIG ASSUMPTION to say Kerry's picks would have choose otherwise.

    Fact is as long as you have a government that spends trillions of dollars a year on bloated budgets that can't be financed. Then you will continue to have Corporations spending billions lobbying to get it. Stop trying to excuse your horrible votes for Obama. Twice!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphins9954 View Post
    And we would still have a corporatist, war-mongering, anti-liberty, anti-privacy, anti-habeas corpus government that hates the Bill of Rights and assassinates Americans, even children.

    BIG ASSUMPTION to say Kerry's picks would have choose otherwise.

    Fact is as long as you have a government that spends trillions of dollars a year on bloated budgets that can't be financed. Then you will continue to have Corporations spending billions lobbying to get it. Stop trying to excuse your horrible votes for Obama. Twice!!

    How's that privacy thing going??
    It's not really that big of an assumption. How many battles have been waged in Congress over SCOTUS appointments? Many and they're battles along party lines. I mean it's the very thing you rail against every other post. Partisan hacks...we need a third party...privacy...blah blah blah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LouPhinFan View Post
    It's not really that big of an assumption. How many battles have been waged in Congress over SCOTUS appointments? Many and they're battles along party lines. I mean it's the very thing you rail against every other post. Partisan hacks...we need a third party...privacy...blah blah blah.
    Much like everyone thought Bush's pick in Roberts would have voted against Obamacare. Fact is Supreme Court picks don't always pan out to be what they were chosen for.
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    Eliminating money in politics is noble and all, but it would change little. The candidates might be a bit different, but they would still be Democrats and Republicans and would still follow their far-right platforms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tetragrammaton View Post
    Eliminating money in politics is noble and all, but it would change little. The candidates might be a bit different, but they would still be Democrats and Republicans and would still follow their far-right platforms.
    I happen to think eliminating the money in politics would help considerably, the parties would then be the final drawback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphins9954 View Post
    BIG ASSUMPTION to say Kerry's picks would have choose otherwise.
    Why is it a big assumption? All the Clinton/Obama picks voted against this miserable anti-democratic decision.
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