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  •  if only ... (3+ / 0-)


    If common sense ruled the world -- what would we see?


    and not constant, perpetual, gut-wrenching fear ....

    if only.


    Isn't it time to fix the Filibuster?
    -- Here's how.

    by jamess on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 09:24:05 AM PST

    •  the NRA has both feet (2+ / 0-)
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      Glen The Plumber, a2nite

      in the political world too:


      The NRA has its Issues
      by jamess -- Dec 21, 2012


      Isn't it time to fix the Filibuster?
      -- Here's how.

      by jamess on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 09:31:21 AM PST

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    •  if only our law-makers could not take $$$ (3+ / 0-)
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      jamess, Glen The Plumber, a2nite

      If only our law-makers were not allowed to solicit and receive direct financial aid from private "donors".

      A large part of the success of the gun industry in America is the ability of the gun industry to control our laws and our law-makers through the gifting of large amounts of dollars to our law-makers.  Of course the law-makers will write laws favorable to the gun industry when the law-makers are offered large direct financial "donations".

      Sadly, there is no massively wealthy corporation that can make a profit from seeing our citizens not get shot, who might have a financial incentive to "donate" to our law-makers to encourage the law-makers to write laws that protect our citizens from guns.

      If only the lives of children and our citizens were worth more to someone than the profits of the gun industry.  If only we did not have a system of government that allows wealthy corporations to write the laws that suit them.

      "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 09:47:56 AM PST

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      •  If Lobbyists ruled the world ... (3+ / 0-)


        we'd probably end up with,

        the one we got.


        thanks HJB


        Isn't it time to fix the Filibuster?
        -- Here's how.

        by jamess on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 09:49:30 AM PST

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        •  No - thanks to you!! (3+ / 0-)
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          jamess, annieli, Glen The Plumber

          Sadly, today our country has a system of government that allows the wealthy and corporate interests to buy the law-makers and even the laws they want.

          And to me, this seems to be the cause of so much that is harmful and counter to the wishes of our citizens.

          Why is climate change a hoax?  Why does healthcare reform end up being a big gift to the insurance companies?  Why are banks allowed to manipulate credit ratings and interest rates?  Why do we need two failed wars?  Why do our laws protect gun and ammo sales but not human life?  Why does congress insist on taxes breaks for the wealthiest Americans?  

          All these things occur or are facilitated by a system of government that allows the wealthy and corporate interests to buy the law-makers and the laws they want.

          "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

          by Hugh Jim Bissell on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 10:08:50 AM PST

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      •  It isn't so much the dollars (0+ / 0-)

        it's the primary threats.

        If you look at where our politicians are the most rigid, it boils down to whether the special interest can fund a primary threat to the incumbent.

        This is why Club for Growth, Norquist and the NRA wield power all out of proportion to their actual dollars spent in campaign contributions.

        They have a checklist.  If you fail their test, you get primaried.  No exceptions.

        And lately, they've been winning those primaries, quite reliably.

        The dollars matter.  Money is necessary but not sufficient to win an election.   But anyone in a seat where their party has a huge structural advantage in a general election is still vulnerable in primary season.  And the effort to unseat someone in a primary is much more organizational than financial (getting a candidate on the ballot, jumping through the hoops etc), although a minimum amount of money is necessary to gain the challenger enough name recognition to be a serious contender.

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