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  •  if money is speech why not food? (5+ / 0-)

    use "citizens united" on them

    "There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home." John Stuart Mill

    by kuvasz on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 07:18:34 PM PDT

    •  And whose nutritional standards anyway? (3+ / 0-)

      Nutritional science is in an abysmal hole. It is in a place where conservatives say climate science is. It is a confused mish mash of competing hypotheses, fueled with writers ambitious for book sales. And the anti-fat government hypothesis has only succeeded in multiplying diabetes, obesity heart disease and cancer over the past 30 years - a huge failed experiment. I don't know but I would guess Bloomberg is pushing anti-fat with his "nutrition" pogrom.

    •  That is a provocative idea ... (3+ / 0-)
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      Donkey Hotey, kuvasz, Calamity Jean

      ... kuvasz. Excellent. The giving of food is as much a political statement to the homeless as the giving of money to rich Republican Super-PACs. The difference, as I see it, is that the political message is in the act of giving the food, but for the Republicans, it is the act of spending the money.

      The only negative may be that you don't want to use Citizens United as a precedent for anything, as that may seem to strengthen it. On the other hand, using it as a kind of wry precedent works for me!

      Thanks for developing the discussion!

      Republicans, like Zombies, just want to get a head.

      by Tortmaster on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 05:17:39 AM PDT

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      •  its wise to turn an enemy's weapons against him (0+ / 0-)

        if we are expected to consider money as speech why not expand the, um.. penumbra?

        I argue with my wife, a law professor, all the time about the use of the Commerce Clause as the constitutional trump card to sweep away legitimate and rational arguments to reach a foregone conclusion.

        "There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home." John Stuart Mill

        by kuvasz on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 09:57:29 AM PDT

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