Supreme Court turns us all into citizens of Whoville

Last week’s Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United overturned more than a century of precedent and handed corporations the same free-speech rights as people, including the right to spend unlimited amounts of money to elect or defeat candidates for office.

Among most Republican politicians, that news was greeted with glee. However, the GOP grassroots and the Tea Party movement ought to look at that ruling with a great deal more skepticism, because its impact on the issues that matter most to them could be significant.

Take, for example, earmarks.

In the wake of Citizens United, imagine yourself as a congressman confronted by a fly-by-night company back home trying to get a $200 million earmark for some product the Pentagon refuses to buy. Is that congressman going to be more willing or less willing to say no, knowing that the company can now spend freely in an attempt to unseat him? The power of special interests to armtwist Congress for earmarks can’t help but grow significantly as a result of this ruling.

Or how about those Wall Street bigwigs, manipulating Washington at the expense of Main Street and small business?

When big banks want to gut regulations and get the Security and Exchange Commission off their backs, or when they need another big bailout from the taxpayer, what kind of reception will they now get from congressional committees? Wall Street’s already strong grip on Washington will turn into a death grip now that Congress knows those banks can spend millions of dollars trying to defeat or re-elect them.

Moving jobs overseas?

Much of America’s manufacturing base has already been shipped overseas thanks to trade deals that were championed by corporations eager to tap cheap overseas labor. With corporate America now able to threaten or woo candidates directly, is that process likely to slow or accelerate?

Illegal immigration?

Some jobs, like homebuilding, meatpacking and the service industry, can’t easily be shipped overseas to cut labor costs. So the obvious solution is to move that cheap labor here. When the economy improves and employers once again need workers, how diligent will the federal government be about prosecuting companies for hiring illegal immigrants? We already know that workplace enforcement all but ceased in the Bush administration, mainly to please companies that wanted the cheap, docile workforce that illegal immigration provides. Thanks to Citizens United, those companies now have a much larger voice to ensure they get their way. (See, Saxby Chambliss.)

Government waste and the deficit?

When the next farm bill comes up, just to cite an example, will the farm-state politicians who dominate the agriculture committees say no to agribusiness demands for billions in new taxpayer subsidies? The same is true of industries from automaking to Big Pharma to defense. (See. Saxby Chambliss).

Overall, the biggest complaint of the populist tide is that government has grown unresponsive to the needs of the little guy. Is that problem likely to ease or worsen now that corporations have been freed to “speak loudly” by making unlimited campaign expenditures? Citizens United has given special interests a veritable megaphone to “communicate” with national leadership, while in comparison individual citizens are condemned to living in Whoville, where “even though you can’t see or hear them at all, a person’s a person, no matter how small.’’

221 comments Add your comment

LA

January 26th, 2010
2:06 pm

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LA

January 26th, 2010
2:07 pm

LA

January 26th, 2010
2:09 pm

Then by your counts, Jay, Dick Cheney is the Grinch.

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
2:11 pm

I understand this DOES leave the door open for loads of foreign money in America’s elections. If China doesn’t already own us they surely will now.

Infreakingcredibly bad.

TaxPayer

January 26th, 2010
2:12 pm

And the next time a big business goes and blows up its workers or poisons the masses in order to make a little bigger profit for their executives and owners, who will come running to your side. Well, Dang! That’s easy. See Saxby. We’ve already established what he is and on top of that, he works for peanuts, sugar-coated, that is.

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
2:12 pm

Dare I?

Dick Cheney is the grinch…..LOL LOL LOL

Mick

January 26th, 2010
2:13 pm

** Dick Cheney is the Grinch.**

Works for me.

stands for decibels

January 26th, 2010
2:15 pm

But Jay! Free speech! And stuff!

Jenifer

January 26th, 2010
2:15 pm

Saxbone is a dud.

LA

January 26th, 2010
2:16 pm

“Infreakingcredibly bad.”

Yep, that describes Mrs. Gadzilla to a T.

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOOLOLOLOLOLOL

Outhouse GoKart

January 26th, 2010
2:16 pm

No GG…this ruling just allows US Business to compete with China regarding bribery for politicians. More detail available at the National Institute on Bribery and Politics.

Dave R.

January 26th, 2010
2:17 pm

That any one of you spaghetti-spined liberals could be persuaded to vote for anyone on the basis of a political ad is beyond me.

Do your homework, stand up for what you believe in and vote with your heads, not your hearts.

Now that they playing field has been leveled, and media corporations no longer have the monopoly on this issue, it opens it up for all. I thought you libs were all about equality?

jewcowboy

January 26th, 2010
2:18 pm

The upside of this is the tremendous amount of money that is going to be poured into adverting. All those camera guys, directors, actors/actresses, film editors, muzacins will now be able to afford their Starbucks again, which means the baristas can afford their car payments again, which means GMAC /Aly Bank) will be in the black after the next election cycle.

Looks like it might be time to buy some BBDO, McCann Erickson, Ogilvy and Mather, etc. stock.

Matilda

January 26th, 2010
2:19 pm

With regard to national politics, our voices have been rendered completely irrelevant. We only thought election years were annoying before! Thank goodness for DVRs, pay cable, and On Demand, without which, television will become completely unwatchable for the non-stop, corporate-funded political advertising.

If you want to make a difference in your world, stop looking to D.C and get involved with your community. Local zoning, funding, and other decisions most of us know nothing about actually affect the quality of life in our neighborhoods. The corporate-owned kissazzes in Washington don’t care about our communities. They only care whether we’ll be maniuplated into reelecting them to serve their corporate sponsors.

stands for decibels

January 26th, 2010
2:19 pm

The upside of this is the tremendous amount of money that is going to be poured into adverting.

And commercial TeeVee survives a few more years beyond its useful life, one presumes.

Mick

January 26th, 2010
2:20 pm

**Damn them to that place that liberals don’t believe exists!**

Stereotyping – not valid.

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
2:20 pm

Turdly Outhouse

clever way of putting it perhaps, but letting Putin pick your next
senator ok with you?

jewcowboy

January 26th, 2010
2:21 pm

Dave R.,

“That any one of you spaghetti-spined liberals could be persuaded to vote for anyone on the basis of a political ad is beyond me.”

You mean like the “Daisy” ad Johnson used to great effect in defeating Goldwater in 1964?

TaxPayer

January 26th, 2010
2:22 pm

Cheney is not much different from Armey. They’re both, well, you know, goofy goobers. And grinches.

Jay

January 26th, 2010
2:24 pm

LA is on semi-permanent vacation.

And for the record, the nj who launched a personal attack at LA earlier today is NOT the NJ (caps) who posts here regularly. (That post has now been pulled.)

Lord Help Us

January 26th, 2010
2:25 pm

‘LA is on semi-permanent vacation’ – metaphorically speaking?

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

January 26th, 2010
2:26 pm

Well, I see they’ve went after one of my favorites, Nancy Grace. The poor thing is being sued by the kin of the woman that kilt herself after Miss Nancy went after her on TV. And for the first time in her life she don’t want to be on TV. She’s almost begging a court not to let them videotape her when the lawyers start asking her questions. I’m kind of let down about it all. This brave woman sees everybody she talks to as guilty and when we finally get a chance to see if she’s guilty, she don’t want to let us take it. You just can’t hardly tell about people sometimes.

Anyhow, this SC ruling ain’t no problem. What we need to do, is change the country’s name to the United Corporations of America. And I don’t know about the rest of you, but I plan to take my cap off and kind of bow a little every time I walk by a corporation office.

From now on, you’ll learn things about canadates you didn’t even want to know. These corporations will be putting on 30-minute ads so nasty that if your own mother was running for office you’d vote against her.

At least we know that the taxes on corporations will be low for the next 50 or 100 years. These people in Congress can’t afford to raise them now.

Have a good p.m. everybody.

Rick Santelli

January 26th, 2010
2:27 pm

Maybe now businesses can exercise their inalienable rights to make the government run more like a business!!!

That’s a good thing. Way to go SCOTUS in looking out for America.

SOUTHERN ATL

January 26th, 2010
2:27 pm

Elections will be a hard uphill battle….but the American people will be focused and ready for whatever is thrown their way even if it means boycotting some of these companies! Let the “Battle” begin!!!

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

January 26th, 2010
2:28 pm

Oh, quit your whining-

including the right to spend unlimited amounts of money to elect or defeat candidates for office.

We don’t have that “right,” I think the cap is $2,400 or something like that.

Better start being nice to big business, hahahahaha

Kamchak

January 26th, 2010
2:29 pm

Outhouse GoKart

January 26th, 2010
2:29 pm

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
2:20 pm

LOL…I guess what I meant to say is instead of these companies etc giving the money to china, with explicit instructions, and the money making its way back to the USA, Corp America can cut out the chinese and make direct delivery where it is needed most… : )

Jenifer

January 26th, 2010
2:30 pm

Jay, I knew that wasn’t NJ.

stands for decibels

January 26th, 2010
2:32 pm

Maybe now businesses can exercise their inalienable rights to make the government run more like a business!!!

There are a whole lotta business models out there. Were you thinking of this one, perhaps?

Mick

January 26th, 2010
2:33 pm

This Supreme Court is more about ideology than the people, when will it end?

Normal

January 26th, 2010
2:34 pm

The one saving grace of this whole thing was, I thought, that unions could spend as much and counter balance the corporations, but after reading this, I’m not convinced anymore…
Some union leaders think that the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Citizens United v. FEC — which essentially takes the limits off campaign spending — will give them the same flexibility and freedom to influence the process as it does corporations.

These are the same union leaders who imagined that electing Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress would lead to the rapid enactment of the Employee Free Choice Act and meaningful labor-law reform.

The AFL-CIO actually filed a brief in the Citizens United case that urged removal of reasonable restraints on campaign spending.

Indeed, an attorney who prepared the amicus brief for the AFL-CIO recently participated in a conference call talking up the merits of the corporate position, along with representatives of the conservative Heritage Foundation and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky.

What are the leaders of the labor federation thinking?

They imagine that, with spending limits removed, organized labor will be able to buy enough television time to reward their political friends and punish their political enemies.

It’s a sweet fantasy. But the reality is that corporations will be buying so much more television time when it matters — in the run-up to key elections — that the voices of working Americans will drowned out with the same regularity that they are on Capitol Hill — where, it should be noted, overwhelming Democratic majorities have yet to deliver on even the most basic demands of the labor movement.

To think otherwise is to neglect the reality that one corporation — Goldman Sachs — spends more annually to pay just its top employees than the combined assets of all the nation’s major unions.

University of Wisconsin communications professor Lew Friedland points out that the nation’s four largest banks would have to allocate a mere one-tenth of one percent of their assets–$6 billion–to counter a campaign in which the whole of the U.S. labor movement spent all of its assets.

The bottom line is that a union leader who supports the Citizens United ruling is like a steer who talks up a steak restaurant because they’re both in the same business.

Organized labor ought to be siding clearly and unequivocally with the forces of democracy in the struggle to establish a political process in which all voices can be heard, and in which elections are about ideas and issues rather than fund raising and attacks ads.

A few unions “get it.”

The California Nurses Association and National Nurses United, the nation’s largest nurses union, have accurately identified the Citizens United decision as a “disastrous ruling for American workers and American democracy.”

“The healthcare debate of the last year has provided a sobering reminder of the already pervasive influence of giant pharmaceutical and insurance corporations. The last thing our democracy and political system needs is even more spending and political sway by the wealthiest interests in this country,” says Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United, the 150,000-member labor organization.

The notion that the Citizens United ruling might somehow make it easier for organized labor to influence the political process is “ludicrous,” says DeMoro.

“Equating what unions and working people could spend on campaigns would be like comparing a toy boat to an aircraft carrier,” she explains. “Corporate influence peddling in politics already distorts and prevents our democracy and political system (from functioning).”

“Opening the floodgates to unlimited spending is a dangerous prescription for candidates who will be even more beholden to the biggest corporate spenders,” argues DeMoro. “The likely result would be more dominance of healthcare policy by insurance and drug giants and less public oversight of our air, water, food, and workplaces that is needed to protect consumers and workers.”

That is the message that all of organized labor should be delivering.
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I think we are going to need our unions more now. Strikes and more strikes until this thing is repealed.

jewcowboy

January 26th, 2010
2:35 pm

“Maybe now businesses can exercise their inalienable rights to make the government run more like a business”

Since, of course, that is why we have government. So how does that work…your house is on fire and you negotiate a price with the fire department on a price to put it out?

“ok let’s see…3 bedrooms, 2 baths..$1000″

But I can only afford $500

“Hmm..looks like the kitchen just went up….$1500″

I really only have $500…do you offer credit?”

“Sure…73.9% APR…oppps the garage is going…$1750, plus another $250 if you want Fido out before he’s doggie-que”

Kamchak

January 26th, 2010
2:36 pm

LA is on semi-permanent vacation.

…and there was much rejoicing.

Ridgerunner

January 26th, 2010
2:37 pm

There are a whole list of Supreme Court rulings I want to change. Let’s start with a Constitutional Convention !

Outhouse GoKart

January 26th, 2010
2:37 pm

Normal

January 26th, 2010
2:34 pm

Yes…the unions are having a “jumping up and down” fit about this ruling.

jewcowboy

January 26th, 2010
2:38 pm

“This Supreme Court is more about ideology than the people, when will it end?”

Damnable activist judges ;)

Normal

January 26th, 2010
2:39 pm

LA wore out his welcome?

Dave R.

January 26th, 2010
2:39 pm

Normal, this was a decision by the Supremes, not a legislative act. Strikes, if any that materialize, will not matter in the least.

Bosch

January 26th, 2010
2:42 pm

Jay,

Tell Luckovich nice cartoon for me if you see him in the hallway.

I think he did a nice summation of this.

Bosch

January 26th, 2010
2:44 pm

“LA is on semi-permanent vacation.”

Thank God, my scroll finger was getting all arthritic and stuff.

Kamchak

January 26th, 2010
2:47 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 26th, 2010
2:47 pm

If a corporation has the same rights as an individual, why doesn’t a sole proprietorship have the same protection from liabilities as a limited liability corporation (LLC)?

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
2:47 pm

Corporate Propaganda Sunshine Act (Introduced in House)

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.4432.IH:

and

Business Should Mind Its Own Business Act (Introduced in House)

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.4431.IH:

Kamchak

January 26th, 2010
2:48 pm

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TaxPayer

January 26th, 2010
2:48 pm

What did LA go and do this time. :roll:

stands for decibels

January 26th, 2010
2:48 pm

Thank God, my scroll finger was getting all arthritic and stuff.

Rather like swimming through untreated sewage, wasn’t it?

Kamchak

January 26th, 2010
2:48 pm

Normal

January 26th, 2010
2:50 pm

Dave R.

Strikes, rallys, riots, whatever, but the CONGRESS can be made to see that we the people do not like it, and they can fix it. That is what I mean…

TaxPayer

January 26th, 2010
2:51 pm

I like Grayson. I wish he was running for Georgia Governor. I’d vote for him.

Matilda

January 26th, 2010
2:52 pm

I think this ruling will also nullify any attempts at ethics reform on pretty much any level of government. (Ga Gold Dome ethics discussions happening over on the Political Insider page.) Sure, legislators might have to stop accepting expensive dinners, golf trips, etc. from Georgia Power and other special interest reps (IF they actually enact meaningful ethics reform, which is doubtful), but the promise inherent in an unlimited advertising budget is worth more than any “gift” they might use. And since the A-OK comes from the Supremes, it really is over for regular folks having the ear of those who allegedly represent us.

Normal

January 26th, 2010
2:53 pm

TaxPayer

January 26th, 2010
2:48 pm
What did LA go and do this time.

I think he was off his meds and was channeling his inner child…

Bosch

January 26th, 2010
2:54 pm

Kamchak,

It seems the Golden One got a taste of his own medicine :-)

sfd,

Have you ever seen such a spastic one? He called RW a nazi the other night. Bizzaro.

Normal

January 26th, 2010
2:54 pm

Matilda, Isn’t this just like the Colonists just before our revolution? I mean, here we are again without representation in government. That sends shivers down my spine.

Jenifer

January 26th, 2010
2:58 pm

Ridgerunner

January 26th, 2010
2:37 pm

Good afternoon, Corporal. I hope you’re having a fine day.

FrankLeeDarling

January 26th, 2010
2:58 pm

Mr. Chambliss said he protested the 1998 raid because he considered it too heavy-handed, with agents wearing camouflage and waving .357’s.

Oh! thats what they mean by “compassionate conservative”.

Jenifer

January 26th, 2010
2:58 pm

“I like Grayson. I wish he was running for Georgia Governor. I’d vote for him.”

I admire him greatly. Blessed with a lot of testicular fortitude, that one.

TaxPayer

January 26th, 2010
2:59 pm

So, which corporation[s] will be stepping up to the plate to fund that South Carolina Lt. Governor’s bid for Sanford’s job. Dang! I never woulda thought the lesser of two evils was the one galavanting around South America and such. Those Republicans are a strange lot. Salem’s lot.

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
2:59 pm

sign and pass on….please and thank you

http://www.movetoamend.org/we-corporations

FrankLeeDarling

January 26th, 2010
3:00 pm

Oh and thanks for getting rid of the spam Jay.

Bosch

January 26th, 2010
3:00 pm

Normal

January 26th, 2010
3:01 pm

Did everybody see Luckovich today…says it all…

Jenifer

January 26th, 2010
3:02 pm

“sign and pass on….please and thank you

http://www.movetoamend.org/we-corporations

Done. Thanks, GG

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
3:02 pm

TaxPayer

I remember when the Sanford nonsense went down, reading one of the reasons there was not much of a push for impeachment was that the lt. gov was not well liked. No wonder.

Matilda

January 26th, 2010
3:03 pm

Normal, it sends shivers down mine too. Like I said last week, I’m starting to believe the fringies who were warning of a bigger, more sinister plan, and pointing out that there’s no difference between the Dems and Repubs where it really counts. All the piddly stuff we squabble about is just to keep us distracted and busy while they remove what’s left of our relevance and power — permanently.

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
3:05 pm

FrankLeeDarling

January 26th, 2010
3:05 pm

Thank GG, done.

Brad Steel

January 26th, 2010
3:08 pm

LA knew good music.

stands for decibels

January 26th, 2010
3:09 pm

He called RW a nazi the other night.

son of a… Hey, I’m the only one allowed to do that!

jconservative

January 26th, 2010
3:10 pm

This is really not the big change Jay is laying on you. True it will allow unions and corporations (whether American or Iranian owned) to participate in the American political process. And as an individual you can spend $4 million for a 30 second ad to counter the 30 second ad AIG will run. We are all equal under the law. You can still only give $2400 to a politician for his campaign, but the sky is the limit on you
producing an ad & running it every hour in prime time the last week before the general election.

So the Court’s decision is not a problem. The problem is the brain dead American voters who allow their opinions to be formed by political ads in the first place.

So, I Report (-: You Whine )-:, here is your opportunity. No need to spend your time trying to influence public policy on Jay’s blog, you can now run your own 30 second ad right in the middle of “American Idol”. Go for it!

FrankLeeDarling

January 26th, 2010
3:12 pm

GG, 3:05 LOL I will forever have a new image of LA in my head.

jewcowboy

January 26th, 2010
3:14 pm

jconservative,

“So the Court’s decision is not a problem.”

How many of individual voters have $4M sitting around to further our agenda?

“The problem is the brain dead American voters who allow their opinions to be formed by political ads in the first place.”

and the cable news shows with the 15 second sound bites of “news.”

Outhouse GoKart

January 26th, 2010
3:15 pm

Agreed jconservative. If the Unions are against it them Im in favor of!

Outhouse GoKart

January 26th, 2010
3:17 pm

“pointing out that there’s no difference between the Dems and Repubs where it really counts.”

Now you’re catching on…its basically the lesser of two evils until a 3rd Satan appears.

getalife

January 26th, 2010
3:19 pm

mm

January 26th, 2010
3:19 pm

While on vacation, will LA be traveling back to his home planet?

Dave R,

“Now that they playing field has been leveled, and media corporations no longer have the monopoly on this issue, it opens it up for all. I thought you libs were all about equality?”

Are you from the same planet?

Bosch

January 26th, 2010
3:22 pm

“and the cable news shows with the 15 second sound bites of “news.””

And the networks and cable channels that play them once every 15 seconds.

Dave R.

January 26th, 2010
3:23 pm

From the AP: Scientist: Alien life could already be on Earth

Explains why there are so many liberals on the planet, doesn’t it?

Normal, the problem is that Congress can’t write a law that goes against a Supreme Court decision. Can’t. Be. Done. They can try to tweak it all they want, but anything that tries to legislatively overturn an SC decision is unconstitutional.

Bosch

January 26th, 2010
3:23 pm

Outhouse,

“until a 3rd Satan appears.”

I thought you said that was Al Gore.

getalife

January 26th, 2010
3:24 pm

Are they running the debt up then defaulting?

Crazy days,

A brave new world.

Normal

January 26th, 2010
3:24 pm

Dave R,
What about the Dred Scott case? The SC ruled there that Slaves were property. History tells me that was overturned…

Dave R.

January 26th, 2010
3:26 pm

mm, you’re right. You libs aren’t about equality at all. You’re about elevating groups to the status of individuals and trying to assign them “rights”, which, when it comes right down to it, is exactly what the Supremes did in this ruling.

You should be hailing it as a complete justification of all that you have tried to do in the past 50 years or so.

arnold

January 26th, 2010
3:26 pm

China, Russia and who knows whom, will buy our corporations and control our government through the corporations advertising.

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
3:29 pm

Dave R

Elevating groups to the status of individuals?
Who? What? Where?

Bull Muffins.

jewcowboy

January 26th, 2010
3:29 pm

It is rather interesting that the people who have their Alice in Wonderland parties screeching on about a non-responsive government and the coming revolution of King Obama and the entrenched Courtiers on Capitol Hill, are hailing the Supreme Court’s decision, which will benefit incumbents greatly.

It is almost like anything that Obama is against, regardless of what it is, is instant reason to embrace it by the right.

Dave R.

January 26th, 2010
3:29 pm

Jenifer @ 2:58: “I like Grayson. I wish he was running for Georgia Governor. I’d vote for him.”

I admire him greatly. Blessed with a lot of testicular fortitude, that one.”

So is a bull, but if being big and dumb to boot is what you want in a Congressman, then by all means, move to the Orlando area and vote for that Neanderthal.

Del

January 26th, 2010
3:31 pm

The left ignores how the Democratic party has been hijacked by far left big business money coming from the likes of George Soros, Peter Lewis, Ron Burkle, Norman Lear to name just a few along with labor unions,the MSM and Hollywood. I guess it’s okay for them to have free speech rights but not other business entities.

jewcowboy

January 26th, 2010
3:31 pm

Dave R.,

“You’re about elevating groups to the status of individuals and trying to assign them “rights”,”

Please explain.

Bosch

January 26th, 2010
3:33 pm

Jewcowboy,

Don’t be knocking Alice in Wonderland parties – they can be fun – just saying.

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
3:35 pm

Del

I take your Soros et al and raise you a Scaife, Adelson and Sembler!

Dave R.

January 26th, 2010
3:36 pm

Think: “unions”.

jewcowboy

January 26th, 2010
3:37 pm

” I guess it’s okay for them to have free speech rights but not other business entities”

Such as Bank of America, AT&T, Verizon, UPS, Altria, Microsoft, Citigroup, Fed Ex, GE, Anheuser Busch, GlaxoSmithKline, ExxonMobil, Bristol Myers Squibb, Chevron, Time Warner, GM, American Airlines, Disney, Alticor (Amway), and BP which donated approximately $66M to the Republican Party from 2002 – 2006?

I can see how well Maude can compete with that.

jewcowboy

January 26th, 2010
3:38 pm

Bosch,

“they can be fun ”

Only when the tea is spiked with bourbon ;)

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
3:39 pm

Dave R

we rather you would.

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
3:40 pm

Let’s face it Rachel Maddow was right. This is something we can run on.

BIG TIME.

Stand up in front of America and say you think it’s all baseball and apple pie to have multinational corporations deep inside our elections.

Gonna go over like a lead balloon.

Del

January 26th, 2010
3:40 pm

GG,

I’ll call

Bosch

January 26th, 2010
3:43 pm

Jewcowboy,

I was thinking more along the lines of sitting on a mushroom smoking a pipe, but bourbon is fun too.

Dave R.

January 26th, 2010
3:44 pm

I try not to think of them at all, Granny, except as they are a pox on economic free enterprise.

However, you should be rejoicing in this latest ruling as well, as all those commercials being produced in the next election cycle will have to be created using all those union members in the film and television unions. Jobs for everyone in the election cycle!

Rejoice, workers of the world! The Supreme Court just guaranteed you extra work every two years!

Granny Godzilla

January 26th, 2010
3:50 pm

Del

Here’s the number:713.753.2000

jewcowboy

January 26th, 2010
3:50 pm

“Stand up in front of America and say you think it’s all baseball and apple pie to have multinational corporations deep inside our elections.”

Baseball brought to you by:
Bank of America
Army
AT&T
Autotrader.com
Bayer (One a Day)
Burger King
FIA Card Service, NA
Frito-Lay
General Motors (Chevrolet)
Gillette
InterContinental Hotels Group (Holiday Inn)
MasterCard International
Pepsi-Cola
Pfizer (Viagra)
Sharp
Sports Illustrated
Sprint
Staples
State Farm

Apple pie brought to you by:
Mrs. Smiths

FrankLeeDarling

January 26th, 2010
3:50 pm

Unions are not bad,without my union I wouldn’t have access to health insurance or other benefits.
Not all unions are of the factory worker type,some industries are based on independent contractors
and need the collective representation that a union can provide.