Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Morbidly Obese And Hypocritical Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) On The SOTU: "It Is Not A Venue To Score Cheap Political Points."


When I saw John Wagner's piece, "Names of campaign donors to be flashed during live stream of Trump's State of the Union speech," in the Washington Post Tuesday morning before dawn, I literally thought it was a parody. Señor Trumpanzee "is seeking to parlay his first State of the Union address on Tuesday into cash for his reelection campaign," wrote Wagner, "by offering supporters a chance to see their name flashed on the screen during a broadcast of the speech. In a fundraising solicitation on Monday, Trump offered those willing to pay at least $35 the opportunity to see their name displayed during a live streaming of the address on his campaign website.
"This is a movement," the solicitation says. "It's not about just one of us. It's about ALL of us. Which is why your name deserves to be displayed during Tuesday night's speech."

The web page to which the solicitation links offers donors the opportunity to contribute as much as $2,700-- the maximum amount allowed per election.
The part that wasn't true was the buzz on Capitol Hill that if you contributed $5,000 to his SuperPAC who could fuck Melania and if you gave $10,000 you could have a go at Ivanka. I checked Snopes and there was nothing about any of the Trumpanzee women but they did confirm that Trump was turning the SOTU address into a campaign fundraiser.

Also not confirmed was that Paul Ryan has had the tweet tattooed on his ass. So how does one analyze this stunt in light of the proposal put forward this week by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Yale Law Professor Bruce Ackerman this week? Writing for the Sacramento Bee, they asserted, accurately, that "There can be no denying the overwhelming power of the rich in current American politics. As political scientists have repeatedly shown, Congress is systematically unresponsive to the opinions of ordinary Americans, reacting only to the views of the richest 10 percent. The positions of the current Congress-- tax cuts to the 1 percent, repealing net neutrality, refusing a vote on DACA, and rejecting Medicare for All-- have led to a crisis of confidence about whether the body is capable of representing the democratic will of our nation. Nothing matters more than reforming Congress so it is not beholden to the donor class. That’s why we are calling for a statutory proposal to reverse this slide into plutocracy."
The Citizen Sovereignty Act grants each registered voter a special credit card account that can be spent for only one purpose: to support favored candidates in federal elections. Citizens could sign up on the internet for the right to spend fifty “democracy dollars” during every election cycle on the contest for the presidency, the Senate, and the House.

Nearly 140 million Americans went to the polls in 2016. If the same number had been able to spend democracy dollars, they would have contributed the equivalent of $7 billion in campaign financing-- compared to the $6.8 billion in green dollars provided by private interests. This is a small price to pay to restore real democracy in the United States.

The statute is designed to respect all Supreme Court decisions guaranteeing candidates the right to raise private money and would be constitutional even under the Roberts Court. While the holy grail remains to overturn Citizens United and the Supreme Court’s flawed doctrine that money is speech, this initiative will allow us to reform our democracy without waiting helplessly for the court to change.

Under the democracy dollars system, even plutocrats might pause before relying on their own money or donor money. They will have to make a choice: Either they opt into the democracy dollar system, or they rely on green dollars. If they choose the latter, that will allow their opponents to raise millions of democracy dollars that the plutocrats might have obtained if they had competed for the support of their fellow citizens.

The plutocrats would lose any significant financial advantage and would also incur a huge cost of bad publicity for refusing support from ordinary Americans.

The point of the initiative is to kick off a conversation among reformers so that we don’t waste the next few years backing half-hearted initiatives.

Among reforms, the current favorite is the “matching grant” system that prevails in New York City and other places. Under this alternative, “small” contributions of up to $1,050 are matched 6-to-1 with public funds. But in New York, these “small” donations overwhelmingly come from the top ten percent earning more than $180,000 a year.

The average family, with an income of $43,000, has a hard enough time providing a decent life for themselves and their kids. If they have anything left over, it is perfectly understandable when they give it to their church or little league instead of a candidate they admire. For a single mom at the 25th percentile earning $26,000, the smallest political contribution is a luxury she can’t afford.

In contrast, once voters gain control of democracy dollars, fundraising would become a community affair-- a box lunch for 50 neighbors could gross 2,500 democracy dollars. These grass-roots efforts would provoke tens of millions of dinner-table conversations: Who should get our democracy dollars? Who is really concerned about America?

In 2015, Seattle voters became the first community to endorse a democracy dollars initiative for city elections. South Dakota followed in 2016 with a referendum of its own.

Our initiative brings the debate to the national level, and aims to put the progressive coalition in a position to act decisively if Americans repudiate the Republicans’ plutocratic politics in “wave elections” in 2018 and 2020.

Pompous Blowhard by Nancy Ohanian

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At 3:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you give everyone with a nominal pulse that credit card, it will simply mean that the stupidest and worst people will STILL rule the nation under their stinky bare feet.

Right now they vote for republicans because FDR raised taxes and democraps are still, foolishly, associated with FDR.

That won't change. And we'll still descend the 'greater evil' de-escalator as we have done for the past 4 decades.

The money will never allow the democraps to revert back to the party of FDR. And even if all of the democraps in congress died in a plane crash and were accidentally replaced by stealth progressives, they wouldn't last past the next election because even lefty voters are not bright enough to keep that raft afloat.

Honestly, with this electorate, the only good outcome would be for some benevolent despot to take over and rule tyrannically, but with kindness. And human history is devoid of such cases. Human nature abhors benevolence, it would seem.

At 1:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about that! It only took 40 years for the DINO-Whigs to awaken to the plutocratic reality! And they've only been sucking on the hind tit for 20 of those years!

At 5:42 AM, Blogger BARCAT24 said...

It's James, or Jim. There is no John Sensenbrenner from Wisconsin.

At 5:53 AM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

Thanks Barcat

At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would that there was NO Sensenbrenner from Wisconsin, BARCAT24.

At 4:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

more polling that proves that americans are the dumbest humanoids on the planet.


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