The Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case caused a colossal distortion in political influence and fairness.
Multinational corporations — including foreignand state-owned firms with no allegiance whatsoever to America, only a commitment to their own profit — are able to spend freely in our elections. The biggest spenders win. So spending on an election is a business expense, making sure people get elected who will do what is best for the corporations.
It might be weakening environmental laws, keeping taxes especially low for the stockholders and top executives and directors, or weakening banking oversight.
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The first step to reclaiming our government and creating a separation of corporation and state would be an amendment stripping corporations of “personage” and a clause that stops equating money with free speech.
This amendment, by the way, has to apply to all organizations such as unions and nongovernmental organizations. The idea is to create a fair playing field for the actual, real, mortal, living and breathing human citizens that are the United States.
One movement trying to create this amendment is www.movetoamend .org . This group is really concerned with America’s future, and who will be in charge of it.
A serious leader
So now I go to my mailbox and find the latest example of misdirected energy and expenditure for the 3rd Supervisory District. Who or what has the money and time to print a two-sided color, glossy page of innuendo and half-truths?
“It’s time for a serious Leader,” the flier says.
You’ve already got a serious leader right now in Adam Hill.
For Pete’s sake, Ed Waage, is the phone call all you’ve got? The “infamous” phone call took place back in January, and all it really proves is that Adam Hill is human. No threats were made, no racial epithets, no heavy breathing. Just a friend of mine making what he believed was a single, private phone call to a friend. I am so sorry now that I allowed you to record the message and pass it on to your campaign managers.
How about a public debate? It would be so much more productive.
Argument for death
If it is true that a CMC life inmate killed another inmate (“Mom gets few details of son’s death at California Men’s Colony,” May 13), he will be a prime example why the death penalty must be retained.
What has an inmate convicted for murder to lose, if he is already in prison for life and there is no death penalty? I would hate to be a guard of such a person.
It would be interesting to know how many inmates and guards have already been killed by lifers. We need to remember this when the death penalty comes up for a vote this November.
A simple reason
Please, we need Walmart in Atascadero so we don’t have to go to Paso Robles.