Thursday, February 4, 2010

Is this what President Obama was saying?

Is this what President Obama was referring to in his State of the Union address last week (click on the photo)?

All kidding aside, the Supreme Court's recent ruling to overturn campaign finance legislation was certainly disturbing. I don't know about you, but I find it extremely troubling that this ruling could, and most likely will, open the floodgates for corporate sponsorship of our elected leaders. Can you say, 'let's make a deal (minus TV game show host Monty Hall)?'

I know the Justices said that campaign legislation limits free speech, but I don't buy it (pardon the pun). I do not equate money with free speech, although it seems apparent to me that the Justices have bought into the old maxim 'money talks.'

I've not spent a lot of time pondering over this issue. There has to be a common sense answer, but sadly I am reminded of Cyndi Lauper's song 'money changes everything.'

Personally, I favor some kind of state funded elections (with restrictions). In effect--and theoretically, this would enable anyone who wishes to run for office instead of just those who have access to big bucks. Seriously, who would you entrust more with your concerns, an "average Joe" with every day roots or some big fat cat who is beholding to corporations and big spending billionaires who donate money to protect their interests over those of we, the people?

Yeah, that's what I thought too.


  1. i agree comepletely with your observation. when big business is buying our government, what say will the people have in it? what is happening to government of the people, by the people, for the people?

  2. I think they are trying to draft bills that will require shareholder buyin, or full disclosure of contributors to adds, or other measures. Let us hope that they can put some things in place that make the underlying methods much more transparent.

  3. Thanks OrangeDoubleZero and Ken... I agree with you both and hope something can be done to prevent corporate take-over of our government. It's odd that both Presidents Eisenhower and Carter predicted this. Sad. Sad. Sad.