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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

“Hillary: the Movie” — The end of citizen control

The case trying the issue the power of government to limit corporate campaign spending for “Hillary: the movie” warns us that the High (don’t I wish) Court may overturn a century of legislation regarding these laws. If these laws are declared unconstitutional, the already overwhelming advantage of big money over politics will likely become a monopoly resulting in virtually no voter control of government.

Beginning early in the last century, Congress and many states realized that unlimited campaign spending by corporations would distort the election process because they are able to quickly gather funds and spend them to sway public opinion.

Individual voters, and even groups of voters cannot match this ability and the result is to skew elections toward what corporations want.

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What the Republicans are offering

I watched with interest last night as Republican lawmakers held up pieces of paper during the President’s Address to the Congress. While it was disrespectful, but nowhere near as disrespectful as a SC Congressman who yelled out, “You lie!” during the speech, I will not dwell on that.

I was curious to see what it was these people were waving around, so I googled and came up with this:

http://camp.house.gov/UploadedFiles/House_GOP_Solutions_Group_Outline_Health_Care_Plan.pdf

“The health care reforms outlined are designed to:

“1. Make quality health care coverage affordable and accessible for every American, regardless of preexisting health conditions.

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Joe Wilson: A sad example of politics today

South Carolina Republican Congressman Joe Wilson’s rude, obnoxious outburst during President Barack Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday night exemplifies what is wrong with politics and government today.

Wilson shouted out "You lie!" when Obama said his proposed health care reform plan would not provide health insurance to illegal immigrants. Both Republicans and Democrats condemned Wilson’s behavior. Sen. John McCain, Obama’s opponent in the 2008 Presidential election, called Wilson’s shoutout "totally disrespectful."

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We don’t need no stinkin’ public option

President Barack Obama has never been wedded to a government-run health insurance plan.

The will-he-or-won’t-he obsession over how hard Obama might fight to include the so-called public option in a health care reform package has been — let’s be honest — mostly just noise.

Obama settled that Washington parlor game in his speech to Congress and a television-watching public Wednesday night. The president praised the public option but called it only a means to the end of providing more competition, not crucial on its own.

"We should remain open to other ideas that accomplish our ultimate goal," he said.

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Can Obama close the deal?

President Barack Obama’s leadership in the days ahead will determine whether his forceful health care address to Congress heralds the kind of sweeping change he promised while campaigning for the White House.

Addressing Democrats and Republicans in the House chamber, along with Washington insiders and Americans with and without health insurance, Obama spelled out where he stands on key issues in dispute as Congress struggles to revamp the nation’s health care system. While some of his explanations — notably on costs — were incomplete, he left no doubt he’s taking ownership.

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