Let Corporations Vote?

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Feb 252013
 

corporations-people-texas-execute7Apparently, some Republicans didn’t get the memo from Gov. Bobby Jindal about not being the “stupid party.” Because if you live in Montana, you can thank state Rep. Steve Lavin (R) for  taking the Supreme Court’s misguided notion that “corporations are people” to new heights of stoopid. Lavin introduced a bill to allow corporations to vote in local elections. Under Lavin’s bill, under the proposal, “if a firm, partnership, company, or corporation owns real property within the municipality, the president, vice president, secretary, or other designee of the entity is eligible to vote.”

But apparently Lavin’s not the only Republican not checking his email from Gov. Jindal. Idaho State Senator, and Chairperson of the Senate’s Education Committee, John Goedde (R) introduced a bill requiring that all high school students, to graduate, must read Ayn Rand’s, “Atlas Shrugged.” Goedde was asked by the Idaho Spokesman-Review why he picked that book. At least his partisanship was on full display when he said, It ““made my son a Republican.” He went on to add, “well, he’s not a practicing Republican. But it certainly made him a conservative.”

And just for the record, Ms. (all about personal responsibility) Rand drew her Social Security payments and Medicare.

Missouri state Rep. Mike Leara (R) has decided his fellow lawmakers shouldn’t even be allowed to  propose gun control regulation. Leara has proposed legislation that would make it a felony for “any member of the general assembly who proposes a piece of legislation that further restricts the right of an individual to bear arms, as set forth under the second amendment of the Constitution of the United States.” Continue reading »

Who are you voting for in 2010

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Oct 312010
 

We’ve got a new poll up at Deep Something asking who you are planning to vote for (or who you voted for) by party. We just want to know if you are voting mostly for one party or the other, going independent, or sitting this one out.

The President and Democrats are working hard to motivate the base, but frankly they are scrambling because they clearly blew off the progressive wing of the party for the past two years, in some cases being verbally dismissive, and the “chickens have come home to roost.” A younger motivated electorate sent them to Washington with a mandate for big change, and we got a few tepid bills that have done nothing to improve our lives, and no advances on the social issues.

So while Democrats shouldn’t expect the same level of enthusiasm, it pains me to look at the crop of Republican candidates and think they could regain control of Congress. that’s just downright scary shit there.

So take our poll and tell us what you think.

Who are you voting for in the 2010 elections?

  • Independents (17%, 1 Votes)
  • Mostly Republicans (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mostly Democrats (83%, 5 Votes)
  • Anyone Sponsored by the Tea Bag Party (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Sitting this one out (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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Nov 102008
 

Last Tuesday night/Wednesday morning was certainly a bittersweet time. As I’ve said before, I’m not one of the millions of Obama-maniacs, but I was glad he won. I think America will soon be in far better hands than she is now. I was even more pleased to see a good number of hateful and bigoted Republicans kicked to curb, and their nasty campaign rhetoric repudiated. Obviously though, the passage of the three anti-marriage amendments was a great disappointment.

Obama's First Press Conference as President ElectThe Big Picture

Obama was clearly the winner, and it seems he did it with a tightly run and disciplined campaign. One of the heartening parts of his campaign was that it was funded to a record-breaking level by millions of smaller donations from everyday people. They relied on thousands of volunteers, and brought an untold number of new and younger people into the political system. And I don’t mean just newly registered voters, but more important, people who made an investment of themselves into the campaign. I think that is critical in trying to restore democracy to this country. However, it means those millions have a vested interest in his success. That cuts both ways. It means he should get support, but people will expect results.

Certainly both sides ran attack ads. That is to be expected, but I found Obama’s to be a lot fewer and a lot less nasty. The McCain just went out of their way to be disrespectful to Obama, and hateful in the messages they were putting out. I saw nothing but negative ads from the McCain campaign. At various times throughout the campaign, especially from the end of September during the economic collapse and through the election, McCain gave off a very real attitude of panic and foundering. It was clear that he and his campaign were struggling to find a voice. Obama seemed to remain calm, decisive and above it all…in short, he came off as more Presidential, and I think the voters perceived that.

What Was Different

I believe there was also something of a perfect storm of events and changes in the world that made this election different. Many of these were things the Republicans could not, or didn’t, account for. In the end, I think they make our democracy stronger.  Continue reading »