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$6 Billion Dollars!

Why election reform is necessary if democracy is to continue to work in this country.

That’s not a typo! The election campaigns, the Presidential, House and Senate cost $6 billion, mostly spent on “attack” ads. Just plain obscene! How many hungry families in this country could we have fed, even housed, or put to work with 6 billion dollars? The election system in this country has become totally skewed. A system based on how much money a candidate can garner to even be considered a candidate, which has automatically precluded other viable candidates for so long. Other viable candidates are automatically ignored and have little, if any, visibility whatsoever.

We desperately need to reverse Citizens United by Amendment or whatever means possible -- an imperative. There is, in fact, an Amendment pending and you can sign onto the Petition for an Amendment to Citizens United at www.movetoamend.org. In addition, election reform is a MUST. Our election system is a sham! We need to get the money out of the election process, set dollar limits for Presidential races, House and Senate, as well as set limits of air time. And, apparently, Dylan Ratigan, formerly of MSNBC TV, has already thought about it and come up with “Get the Money Out” http://getmoneyout.com Go there and sign up.

This is all without mention of the redistricting (gerrymandering) and all the illegal attempts to suppress voting using inordinate measures to do so. We need to press for laws to be enacted to prevent the kind of suppression attempts we’ve seen in this past election. No citizens should have to have such experiences, as it is their inherent right to vote, period.

B. E. Murphy   

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B. E. Murphy December 08, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Obviously, you chose to ignore or misunderstood my "message" in the article. I'm sorry about that!
B. E. Murphy December 08, 2012 at 05:29 AM
"Citizens United" has much to do with "purging" or "disenfranchising" voters, more so, in a sense, than the attempts at voter suppression as we've seen in this last election. The attacks on unions are same like those in Wisconsin! The point being, of course, if "we" could only be rid of unions, "we" could lower wages to $2.00 an hour, thus, attempting to emulate wages, conditions, no OSHA, etc. as exist in "our" corporations (incorporated in America) residing in so many of the Asian countries, who also are so lucky that they pay little, if any, U.S. taxes, whatsoever, though a U.S. entity!
Rev December 17, 2012 at 03:32 AM
So....you do not want to limit the amount a union can contribute, but only "other" corporations? Sounds fair to me <head shake> And you still have not answered, is the union going to fix the public property that was damaged by the strike at CAT - Joilet?
B. E. Murphy December 22, 2012 at 12:28 AM
"Article 23. • (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. • (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. • (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection. • (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests." The origin of the foregoing is from the UN: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I would set a dollar limit for contributions across the board. I did a search to learn of the damage caused by the CAT strike in Joliet. I couldn't find any mention of it. If you are so concerned about it, why don't you try to do something about it? Talk about damage. Look at BP and the damage to the Gulf. The Gulf is dead. BP has still failed to restore the Gulf coast or pay many of the people whose livelihoods were lost because of the Macondo Well spill, and whose people suffer many ailments, including upper respiratory diseases as a result. Yet, BP continues to make enormous profits, quarter after quarter, and we continue to pay oil subsidies, but that's O.K.?
Rev December 30, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Too bad the UN does not set the laws of this country huh? Drive our to CAT Joliet, look at the grass right of way where the thugs were camped out, notice the grass is gone, dead, and now there is just dirt. I will be happy to get a quote to repair and send it and the bill for my time to the union, or since you suggested I do something about it, should I send the invoice to you? BP has paid and continues to pay for the gulf "damage".

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