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  • #21
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    As an Independent, I like to balance the equation...

    Sure, one of the Koch Brothers donated $3 million dollars and the other helped bundle money...but they are far from the top donors to the mockery that is American Politics.

    The Kochs are simply a meme.

    Democrats do the exact, same thing.

    Top Democratic Donors 2012:

    - James Simons:$4.1 million

    - Irwin Jacobs :$2.1 million

    - Jon Stryker:$2 million

    - Anne Cox Chambers:$1.6 million

    - George Soros:$1.275 million

    - Haim Saban:$1 million

    The following are Obama For America’s top billionaire ‘bundlers’, who’ve fundraised from their wealthy networks rather than given directly to any super PAC or other outside group. Obama’s campaign team provides a range rather than actual numbers.

    - David Shaw, New York hedge funder:$500k+

    - James Crown, of the Henry Crown dynasty of investors:$500k+

    - Marc Lasry, New York hedge funder:$500k+

    - Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce.com :$500k+

    - Penny Pritzker, business executive and Hyatt hotel heiress:$200k-$500k

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2012...

    There are plenty of billionaires waiting to buy votes on both sides.

    Thank you SCOTUS for helping sell our government to the highest bidder!
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    Again, who championed for this? Was it left leaning justices that were for this measure?

    Are the Democrats coming out and applauding this ruling?

    Who is for this???????

    Sure there are donors from both sides. But which side wanted and succeeded in deteriorating the buffer meant to protect the democratic process from further influence of money and those that have it????
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    @Food4thoughts - As a campaign tactic, it would be in the Democrats favor to be silent or to bash the ruling...

    ...even though they will and have taken full advantage of the ability to buy the government.

    To imagine that one side is better than the other because they aren't applauding the ruling is akin to believing that a losing attorney is somehow viewed as altruistic when he cashes his big check.

    Both sides have and will continue to abuse this power.

    And, since the vote has been cast by our SCOTUS, and now with the Left is complaining about how the Right promoted this, I suppose a Hillary quote would be in order:

    "What difference at this point does it make?”
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    @AntiPorcheria

    "What difference at this point does it make?"

    It's disgusting that we all can't agree that this is bad.

    I guess if doesn't make any difference at this point. You and your ilk are so far gone and determined to take this country down. It's starting to look more in your favor everyday.
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    @Food4thoughts obviously, the democrats were NOT against this. They've been doing it for years. Obama spent millions lying to us about his socialist scam. I knew he was lying and so did republicans. Looks like the only people who were "bought" were members of his own party, who took bribes to pass it.
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    @Ets101592

    Are you against that? If you are you should be as disgusted as I am on the ruling yesterday.

    Are you defending the ruling?

    if so why and how is this positive for anyone other than the uber rich.
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    But of course he doesn't rail against the Soros and Bloomberg kings. The left is so hypocritical it's borderline a joke.
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    isn't it amusing how he bemons the good old days when American citizens would revolt against a king... and yet when the Tea Party railed against King Obama I'm sure this thumb sucker was writing pieces exclaiming the Tea Party homegrown terrorists... how smart can it be he lists working for Barney Frank as a resume enhancement.
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    The Soroses and Bloombergs of the Left are only part of the problem. Notice that every time that Politix runs a story about Big Money. The picture isn' Adelson or the other big money donors for the Establishment Republicans.

    It's the Koch's who are fighting against BOTH sides. And neither side likes it. They are the first Big Libertarian Donors who actually fight against the interests of their Big Business and their ability to use government to their advantage. They're fighting against Crony Capitalism also known by the Left as the Oligarchy.

    Charles Koch: I'm Fighting to Restore a Free Society:

    "Instead of welcoming free debate, collectivists engage in character assassination."
    "Far from trying to rig the system, I have spent decades opposing cronyism and all political favors, including mandates, subsidies and protective tariffs—even when we benefit from them. I believe that cronyism is nothing more than welfare for the rich and powerful, and should be abolished.'
    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1000142...

    That's why the Koch Bother and the candidates and limited-government grassroots they support with their money are the enemies of both sides. They threaten the status quo.
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    Is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dominated by Republican or Democratic interests? Answer that question and you will see who benefits most from this ruling.
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    I don't see how this is going to change much of anything except that the rich will be able to write more checks for $2,600.

    However, that won't stop the Left from doing exactly what Mark Levine and politix are doing.

    And that is Straw-manning the Kochs. I'd prefer it if they focussed a little more on Sheldon Adelson. Adelson is a supporter of the business-as-usual politics of Crony Capitalism...

    Lindsey Graham does Sheldon Adelson a solid on online gaming
    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/lindsey...

    He supports the Establishment Republicans who are in bed with the democrats to keep down the Libertarian-minded Kochs and the economic-grassroots that oppose Big Government.

    The Koch's are a threat to the status quo.
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    All of you who have noticed what I've been talking about... Does this sound familiar?

    "Instead of fostering a system that enables people to help themselves, America is now saddled with a system that destroys value, raises costs, hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness. This is what happens when elected officials believe that people's lives are better run by politicians and regulators than by the people themselves. Those in power fail to see that more government means less liberty, and liberty is the essence of what it means to be American. Love of liberty is the American ideal."
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    Congrats! You are one of the few who actually know what this said. Limits still in place on amount, NO limits on who you can give that to now. Big deal, you'd think that only conservatives would now support monetarily more candidates.
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    @Bobolinsky I posted this very link this morning!!!! What a great article and what a great put down to the lies and misinformation and outright slander of the left and Harry Reid.
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    David Koch Supports Gay Marriage, Pot Legalization, And Ending Wars — And You Shouldn’t Be Surprised
    http://www.mediaite.com/online/david-koch-sup...

    David Koch breaks from GOP on gay marriage, taxes, defense cuts
    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/804...

    But none of that matters to the Left. All that matters is that as few people as possible listen to what the Koch's and the limited-government grassroots says.

    And that's because limited-government takes away power from the Oligarchs.
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    the author of this piece is a thumb sucking bed wetter who is tickled pink when the men in black ruled that our sitting King , Obama, has every right to mandate anything on the American citizen... so now he comes up with his fake outrage against who? the Koch brothers? what a complete moron.
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    @Bobolinsky oh ok now I get it I didn't know he was running for Congress so that's why we're getting this rubber pants nonsense
  • #124
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    Another conservative hit-piece by Politix! While the average person gives little thought to campaign spending, if they did they should consider that the unions give more money than the Kochs, and almost all to liberal candidates and causes.
    But, unlike the Kochs, they don't give hundreds of millions to hospitals, museums, and the arts.
  • #128
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    That's an excellent point!!! One I've stated here previously. The David H. Koch Foundation also funds the best art and science programs available on PBS which enlighten many minds.
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    I am. Because it was Republicans that championed for this. I don't want to make it easier for Soros or ANYONE to influence are Democratic process. PERIOD.

    This shouldn't be a partisan isssue. We all should be DISGUSTED by this. Yet you fall in line like a good chicken should all because Col. Sanders said so.

    I want to know what the positive doin is to this?

    You can be against gun control... But. I can find a positive spin to the argument.

    You can be against abortion....but I can find a positive spin to the argument.

    You can be against immigration...but I can find a positive spin to the argument.

    You can be against the ACA...but I can find a positive spin to the argument.

    You can be against raising taxes...but I can find a positive spin to the argument.

    What positive spin is there to this?????? I'm looking really hard and I can't figure out the other side to the argument!!

    Other than it's easier to buy elections.

    How is that good for Americans? What's the positive spin??????
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    @BobSmith
    Of course you like it. And the Constitution is about INTENT. Do you think this is what the founding fathers intended for the democratic process????

    And if it is , much like slavery being a constitutional right, THEY GOT IT WRONG!!!!!

    Stop throwing stones at the left. This is a RIGHT position that is WRONG and needs to be fixed. TODAY. This shouldn't be a partisan issue and I'm amazed at the ignorance from those that just follow party lines on the matter.
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    @Food4thoughts The Republicans didn't intend for the 14th amendment to be used to force the abomination of homosexual marriage on us.

    Be consistent.

    The Founding Fathers granted us free speech.

    Money is speech.
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    @BobSmith
    I can give you the positive spin to EQUAL rights to ALL CITIZENS of the UNITED STATES and how that coincides on a moral and ethical level with the INTENT of the CONSTITUTION.

    Give me the positive spin to this.
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    Aw boo-hoo, because it's not like Soros or anyone else buys politicians on the other side of the aisle. Give me a freaking break - if you don't like people buying politicians, then stop being a hypocrite.
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  • #86
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    The prior limit to any one candidate is still in place. The only thing that changed was that one may now contribute to as many DIFFERENT races as they want. They were limited before. This article was just the usual misinformation and lies of the left. Nothing more.
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    @YouSickenMe I would accept legal billions all day long, it doesn't make it good for our political process or our country. We're now sold to the highest bidder with more noise than ever before.
  • #164
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    I'd take this op-ed a little more openly if only the writer could see both sides of the aisle.

    "Five men in robes have now, in the biting dissent of Justice Stephen Breyer, made up their own facts, misconstrued the law" Ultimately, at some point, the people will get tired of the shenanigans we endure and actually DO something about it.

    I really like our structure of gov't. although not form of gov't is perfect. We simply need to elect an entirely new set of representatives at all levels of gov't. The status quo continues to perpetuate the gov't we get.

    Just as most politicians stick to their parties plan, most pundits can't see the other side either.
  • #126
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    Here is another socilaist who is just fine with the politics of Soros, Buffet, Gates, etc. BUT is your are conservative HELL NO you may NOT speak.
  • #170
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    "when a Democratic president nominates and the Senate confirms a justice on the Supreme Court who actually respects the Constitution she or he is sworn to uphold"

    A DEMOCRAT do that? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh please. The day Democrats give a crap about the Constitution or Bill of Rights will be the day pigs fly! They'd pull the Second Amendment tomorrow if they could, along with several other amendments in full or part!
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    Are you kidding me? Mostly Liberal justices appointed by Democrats gave us Obamacare, late term abortions for any reasons, censoring of our religious freedoms of expression in our public, our graduates being censored if they mention God in their graduation speeches. All I hear about is the Koch brothers as if only right leaning people are rich & give to the GOP. George Soros is a rich Liberal who gives millions to Liberal agendas & Democrat politicians. He is happy for this opinion. I am a conservative & I'm not happy with this decision. I'm always for freedom of everyone to donate to whom they want but when rich people sway corrupt politicians more than we the voters can, we have no voice. The Democrat party has been pushing union agendas for decades because of all the money the unions funnel into election campaigns. You never hear Democrats trying to stop union money being funneled to politicians. They are hypocrites! I have no problem telling you when I think justices make a mistake on either side of the aisle. I wish just once in my life I heard a Liberal admit when his side is wrong so often.
  • #156
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    Well it should be obvious to any with a lick of sense that the GOP cannot compete with grassroots efforts of raising money, so they have to find a way to turn the corporations a loose on the public as their only hope of gaining and maintaining control.

    GOP says NEVER AGAIN to getting walloped by the massive internet grassroots money raising Obama did. Now the GOP has the High Court and House to get them what they want that they can't get from the common people as many millions of individuals.
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    I say we remove money from politics whether it's from millionaires or unions or lobbying groups.

    Of course I only ever hear those on the left complain about right leaning wealthy donors. They seem pretty silent on movie stars, unions, large corporations, etc.
  • #151
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    First problem is with the 2000 election. Every single recount of the Florida vote showed Bush the winner. He was elected by 'we the people'.
    Next there are as many left wing multimillionaires, maybe more. why no mention of the Hollywood moguls, Soros, Michael Moore, and others.
    Next having the money to donate or spend does not mean you will achieve your goals. Remember how much Sheldon Adelson got for his spending in the 2012 election.
    Just because the wealthy can spend a lot of money means anything. If it did we would have had President McCain and President Romney. Funny how that did not happen.
    Finally none of that money voted even once. Individual citizens went to the polls and voted. How did any democrat win any election if this story was right.
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    "First problem is with the 2000 election. Every single recount of the Florida vote showed Bush the winner."

    Wrong.
  • #184
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    @Cal It is so easy to write "wrong" and not post a link showing you had some evidence. I had to go to an extreme right wing anti Obama newspaper to get my link that says you are wrong. Sorry for having to quote the New York Times.

    Study of Disputed Florida Ballots Finds Justices Did Not Cast the Deciding Vote
    http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/12/politics/12...

    Now I am sure you can find a source left wing fanatics will prove the NY Times wrong again.
    I would love to see what you can come up with.
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    @fraps
    From your own link: "But the consortium, looking at a broader group of rejected ballots than those covered in the court decisions, 175,010 in all, found that Mr. Gore might have won if the courts had ordered a full statewide recount of all the rejected ballots."

    In fact, if a full statewide recount had been ordered, rather than just a recount of the selected counties that Gore had asked for, Gore would've won no matter what standard was used for assessing the ballots.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles...
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    No amount of billionaire money could sway an election, or the course of govt, unless there are too many ignorant, apathetic voters.

    We will have the govt we deserve.
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    It wasn't too long ago republican pundits were complaining about a stacked liberal POTUS, hostile to 2nd amendment rights. Republican pundits came off as concerned, upset at times but at least they didn't come off bitching, moaning and crying.

    What comes around, goes around, ain't Karma are bitch !

    Of course no mention of McCain proposing a cap to campaign expense cap for both he and Obama. Obama agreed, then went back on his word and set new campaign expenditure all time high records using Soros money.

    Dave, what you're doing will play well for your base but outside that you're taking a huge risk of turning undecideds away. Nobody likes a sore loser and worse folks who cry victim when tainted from their own poison.

    I read or watched somewhere Soros commenting he'd changed the landscape of politics and especially the tone with the millions he poured into Obama and now considers that a mistake.

    Well sure he does now, he realizes he unlocked Pandora's box and paved the road for Scotus to make this decision. At least now Soros, Koch's or anyone else don't have to hide contributions and we have a bit of transparency where we didn't before.
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    @daclark1911 "Nobody likes a sore loser and worse folks who cry victim when tainted from their own poison."

    Then Republicans are surely screwed.....tried to repeal Obamacare 51 times so far.....talk about sore losers.....
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    didoombatic

    'touche ! If you feel Obamacare to be a success. To you the fight to repeal Obamacare is a waste but that as is a matter of perception to an each individual.

    Obama's done lot's of shit that looked and was stupid if a person is Republican and conservative by nature.
    I've been a part of, "did of hear/see what Obama's doing, he's stupid !" And I'm like NO, he's pandering/shoring up his base !

    Same deal with 51 or whatever many votes to repeal Obamacare, it ought to be a dozen more as far as Tea Party/GOP base is concerned. Those votes to repeal weren't taken seriously by GOP establishment. After the stunt GOP pulled in Virginia it got a big dose of hello and overnight GOP website came to look like a Tea Party website. Both RNC and DNC seriously underestimated how rooted Tea Party base except for Republicans whose campaigns were driven bycounty level tea party iniatives and those red state politicians knew they dare not back down, especially to establishment Weepublicans because constituents had said as much to House member Tea Party Republicans.

    You can make fun of that all you like, you're making fun of has been the recruiting behind Tea Party people since early 2000.
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