Is this gov’t by the people, for the people?

In his historic Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln spoke somberly of the horrific sacrifice that had been made by so many so “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

I do not believe that this is the government of the people, by the people and for the people that Lincoln described, and that our Founding Fathers had earlier fought so hard to create:

From Politico:

Republican superPACs and other outside groups shaped by a loose network of prominent conservatives – including Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – plan to spend roughly $1 billion on November’s elections for the White House and control of Congress, according to officials familiar with the groups’ internal operations.

That total includes previously undisclosed plans for newly aggressive spending by the Koch brothers, who are steering funding to build sophisticated, county-by-county operations in key states. POLITICO has learned that Koch-related organizations plan to spend about $400 million ahead of the 2012 elections – twice what they had been expected to commit.

Just the spending linked to the Koch network is more than the $370 million that John McCain raised for his entire presidential campaign four years ago. And the $1 billion total surpasses the $750 million that Barack Obama, one of the most prolific fundraisers ever, collected for his 2008 campaign.

As the piece notes, both Obama and Mitt Romney are expected to raise hundreds of millions of dollars on their own, to fund their own campaigns. As usual, much of that money will come from special interests seeking favors from those they help to elect, and neither party is immune to money’s gravitational pull.

However, that money will at least be traceable back to its source, and the campaigns and the candidates can at least be held accountable by the voter for how they conduct themselves in the public sphere. Neither is true of the money that will pour into superPACS. It is being raised anonymously and will be spent anonymously, with the clear intention of buying not just influence but control.

And while Democrats will attempt to compete — Politico reports that the main pro-Obama superPAC hopes to raise $100 million — the clear financial advantage will belong to conservatives. That advantage will loom particularly large in Senate and House races, where a few spare million can make a very big difference in the outcome.

If your goal is victory for a party calling itself “Republican,” that advantage is a wonderful thing. However, if by “Republican” you mean a small-government party that does not intervene in the marketplace on behalf of immensely powerful special interests, I would suggest that you look more closely at this Trojan Horse being welcomed inside your city walls. People who make billion-dollar investments have a funny way of expecting to profit from said investments.

In time, if the system is not reformed, Democrats too will be forced to bend a knee to those who believe that big money justifies having a big voice, and only the naive would believe that that such a power once unleashed can easily be reined in. It will be government of the people, by the people and for the people only in the sense that, well, corporations are people.

– Jay Bookman

562 comments Add your comment

jm

May 30th, 2012
11:12 am

“Republican superPACs and other outside groups shaped by a loose network of prominent conservatives – including Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – plan to spend roughly $1 billion on November’s elections for the White House and control of Congress, according to officials familiar with the groups’ internal operations.”

even so estimates indicate Obama will have more $ including all the PAC’s after all the unions send in their funding.

Steve

May 30th, 2012
11:13 am

But Jay, corporations are people!!!

Charlie Harper

May 30th, 2012
11:15 am

“And while Democrats will attempt to compete — Politico reports that the main pro-Obama superPAC hopes to raise $100 million — the clear financial advantage will belong to conservatives”

A completely subjective assessment without regard to the facts. The president last week became the first billion dollar politician. He has the power of incumbancy. He also has unions which Democrats like to pretend aren’t entirely a vehicle to siphon campaign funds from workers regardless of their political pursuasion to Democratic candidates.

There will be quite a bit of money spent on both sides. Trying to pretend an incumbent President who has raised more money than any other candidate EVER will have the disadvantage is an exercise in the suspense of reality.

A dad

May 30th, 2012
11:17 am

Truth is we’re hosed regardless of whcih side wins. Special interests control how our “elected” officials vote, not we the people who just don’t count anymore.

Oblama

May 30th, 2012
11:18 am

Jay is going to talk about anything but the economy. The fact is that the recession was declared over about two + years ago but this flood of Fed spending has increased at a record rate (not counting WW II) ever since. The Dems politicians in Congress are addicted to spending and we need to send them a message. TERM LIMITS for spending addicts.

jm

May 30th, 2012
11:19 am

“corporations are people!!!”

but unions are people!

CJ

May 30th, 2012
11:20 am

Money is not speech and corporations are not people, regardless of what our “best and brightest” on the Supreme Court might say.

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that we’re well on our way to living in a plutocracy in which the courts, Congress, and the White House are all controlled by a wealthy few.

Oblama

May 30th, 2012
11:21 am

TERM LIMITS for spending addicts on BOTH sides of the aisle. Time for a balanced amendment to the Constitution to the limit the power of the politicians.

MM

May 30th, 2012
11:22 am

“In time, if the system is not reformed, Democrats too will be forced to bend a knee to those who believe that big money justifies having a big voice…”

A timely comment if written in 1975.

Halftrack

May 30th, 2012
11:29 am

Republicans are now just able to be competing with the Democrats. Democrats and Obummer has been supported by George Soros and all his front companies. Wish you Journalist would do a better job of research.

Jay

May 30th, 2012
11:29 am

“Trying to pretend an incumbent President who has raised more money than any other candidate EVER will have the disadvantage is an exercise in the suspense of reality.”

Remind me to revisit this one with you come late October, Charlie. We’ll see which analysis has held up at that point.

Brosephus™

May 30th, 2012
11:30 am

I see the union card has already been played. I don’t think the unions have the financial means that those Conservative billionaires have access to. However, continue to fear the boogie man.

Look out!!!! Jason Voorhees is coming up behind you. :lol:

Oblama

May 30th, 2012
11:30 am

Every living adult citizen of the U.S. gets one vote ( with the exception of hanging chads and felons). This is still theoretically a government of the people and by the people but not necessarily for the people. If you don’t get a government FOR the people you VOTED for the wrong people. It’s that simple. Get informed, study the voting record of the politicians and find out who they associate with. Then vote with intelligence for what is BEST for this country and not just what check you are going to get in the mail. This country has lost it’s soul. Let’s get our soul back America. Time to clean House and Senate….. and maybe the White House.

Stonethrower

May 30th, 2012
11:31 am

“…..conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” That people are equal was up for debate then as it is now. Money talks, bull$3!t walks. The courts have decieded so now we have to live with it.

Adam

May 30th, 2012
11:32 am

Now you’ve done it Jay! You’ve implied the Founding Fathers are on YOUR side. And you’re OBVIOUSLY wrong because clearly the conservatives have a monopoly on that. :roll:

Watch for lots of straw men misrepresenting your actual argument. *grabs popcorn*

Steve

May 30th, 2012
11:34 am

“I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that we’re well on our way to living in a plutocracy in which the courts, Congress, and the White House are all controlled by a wealthy few.”

I’ve been saying this for years. When will America wake up?

kelly

May 30th, 2012
11:35 am

The people have tuned out. The people have ceded their power by not voting. Local elections are lucky to get 18% turn-out. Politicians do not have to be accountable to people that don’t vote. The people are getting the government they deserve and earned by not voting. Glad I’m not a young person trying to make it in the US today. The deck is stacked against youth. Being sold a bill of goods: college for all, huge loan debt, no real career paths, predatory for-profit education, dead-end low paying jobs; all that technology, where did it get you? In your parents’ basement.

ty webb

May 30th, 2012
11:35 am

Lions and Tigers and Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers oh my.

too little time

May 30th, 2012
11:36 am

“Trying to pretend an incumbent President who has raised more money than any other candidate EVER will have the disadvantage is an exercise in the suspense of reality.”

Bingo. Jay, like NPR, MSNBC, ABC, CBS before him, likes to mention how much money Republican candidates bring in. They harp on it over and over and over again….. while their own man (Obama) is truly king of the fundraisers. Of course, like Jay, they give a small, one-sentence mention that Obama has raised a lot of money… as if this represents fair and balanced approach.

If you give 95% of your time extolling the evils of Republicans raising so much money, and then barely mention in passing that Democrats raised EVEN MORE than Republicans, you are a political hack.

weetamoe

May 30th, 2012
11:38 am

In 2008 McCain honored the agreement he and Obama had decided on. Obama delivered the dolchstosse. Last year democrats were boasting that Obama was on track to raise a billion for his reelection campaign. Tell Jeffrey Skilling that corporations are not people. Obama has the advantage of commingling taxpayer money with campaign donations on every trip he makes and speech he gives until election day. Don’t know if I have covered all your points. No more time. Bye.

Brosephus™

May 30th, 2012
11:39 am

The president last week became the first billion dollar politician.

Well, you get a “pants on fire” according to the Federal Election Commission website. By their numbers ALL candidates together account for $459.5 Million dollars. Kinda hard to be a billion dollar man when the total of all candidates isn’t half that. If Obama’s the billion dollar politician, then the entirety of the GOP is running way in the red. If they can’t manage campaign funds, how in the hell are they gonna manage the budget?

http://www.fec.gov/disclosurep/pnational.do
As of 4/30/12:

Barack Obama (D) $217 Million

Contributions
Individual $166,781,533
PAC $0
Party $0
Candidate $0
Federal Funds $0
Transfers-In $50,250,000
Disbursements $103,771,531
Cash On Hand $115,157,433

Size of Contributions
$200 and Under $132,477,599
$200.01 – $499 $17,210,355
$500 – $999 $16,350,626
$1000 – $1999 $18,424,561
$2000 and Over $56,407,622

Mitt Romney (R) $97.6 Million

Contributions
Individual $96,897,133
PAC $674,303
Party $0
Candidate $0
Federal Funds $0
Transfers-In $0
Disbursements $88,360,724
Cash On Hand $9,211,335

Size of Contributions
$200 and Under $14,550,633
$200.01 – $499 $3,691,797
$500 – $999 $5,635,539
$1000 – $1999 $15,069,325
$2000 and Over $59,272,951

Adam

May 30th, 2012
11:39 am

even so estimates indicate Obama will have more $ including all the PAC’s after all the unions send in their funding.

Incorrect. Read the whole article.

Also read this whole article, hero-worshipper: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/05/in-defense-of-chris-hayes/257744/

Fat Boy

May 30th, 2012
11:40 am

It always seemed crazy to me to spend millions (and now billions) of dollars for a job that only pays around a half mil a year.

Mighty Righty

May 30th, 2012
11:43 am

OMG! Heavens, heavens, the sky is falling, the sky is falling. The Republicans will out spend the Dummycrats. Part of the reason wouldn’t be because the president has been attacking the job producers for three and a half years would it? In addition, many of Obama’s political cronies have already been repaid for their 2008 contributions and now have squandered their loot. Solyndra comes to mind. The unions have spent a ton of money in Wisconsin in a losing cause and can’t pay Obama for more legislative theft. My goodness. The Dummycrats might have to actually do what they claim they do by collecting their campaign funds from the people instead of selling their integrity for a few pieces of silver from their “evil rich” donors. It will be harder to pay them back with Repubicans controlling both the House and the Senate.

Brosephus™

May 30th, 2012
11:45 am

Part of the reason wouldn’t be because the president has been attacking the job producers for three and a half years would it?

Nope, because that’s not happened. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I’ll give you an A+ for using the talking point as directed though…

F. Sinkwich

May 30th, 2012
11:46 am

The Repubs are gonna need every penny of that $1 billion to counter-balance the Obozo-fawning MSM which will do anything and everything including lying, exaggeration, and deflection to keep their messiah in office.

How much is that MSM in-kind contribution worth, Jay?

What, no outrage about that?

jconservative

May 30th, 2012
11:48 am

The problem is not necessarily the money spent, it is the dumb arses who believe the words in the campaign ads.

Oblama

May 30th, 2012
11:49 am

If this is not a government of, by and for the people then who you voted for is accepting kick backs and bribes. If your politician pledged to reduce the deficit but voted for more spending … vote them out.

The Obama Failure

May 30th, 2012
11:49 am

If you can’t run on your success and you policies are all failures, you might as well attack the successful producers in society with your monkey-boys in your wholly-owned Obama media.

Adam

May 30th, 2012
11:50 am

Part of the reason wouldn’t be because the president has been attacking the job producers for three and a half years would it?

When did Obama attack the middle class? :D

Mighty Righty

May 30th, 2012
11:50 am

Speaking of owning the presidency, Michael Moore, Georgie Soros, Warren Buffett, come to mind along with the heads of S.E.I.U., U.A.W., A.F. of L, Acorn, Teachers, Union, Government Employees, Union, GE, General Motors, Chrysler, Boeing, Hollywood, and, and wait for it, BAIN CAPITAL only a few among many.

Adam

May 30th, 2012
11:50 am

If you can’t run on your success and you policies are all failures, you might as well attack the successful producers in society

Thank you for explaining why Romney is attacking the middle class and not running on his record as governor.

willie lynch

May 30th, 2012
11:51 am

I say anyone who wants to go back to the policies that led to the great calamity of the Bush years, have at it. There is a certain segment of America that is really just too dumb to understand they are working against themselves. I have not heard anything different coming from the current republican candidate or his talking heads out on the stump. They seem hellbent on returning to the foolishness of yesterday.

If one of you republicans can answer the question: What does Romney have to offer? I would greatly appreciate being enlightened.

Moneyed interests on both sides will rule the day, but money without a conscience makes you, well… Donald Trump.

curious

May 30th, 2012
11:51 am

All this spending is “job creation”. Quit complaining even after the jobs created don’t suit your taste.

ProgressivePeach

May 30th, 2012
11:52 am

I would have to agree that the plutocracy, while still favoring the Republican Party which does its bidding more shamelessly, has corrupted enough Democrats that “Corporate Dem” is fast becoming an oxymoron. (See: Booker, Corey, Dodd, Chris & Ford Jr., Harold)

AJC=Obama Campaign Tool

May 30th, 2012
11:53 am

How predictable.

Hey, Jay, you work for a corporation that’s spent untold millions trying blatantly to elect Democrats, and which prostrated itself editorially before the Democrat who’s currently in the White House. So spare me the mewling about free citizens who might dare to use their own money to campaign against him. Like the rest of the “journalist” liberals, you guys just want to be able to dictate the terms of the debate without competition from anybody else.

Those days are long since over, so grow up and accept it.

Matti

May 30th, 2012
11:53 am

Some “people” matter. Some don’t. Isn’t that what the Rand cultists believe? They want to redefine this country in their own image. Yuck.

Talking Head

May 30th, 2012
11:53 am

$40k plate dinners for Obama, is that what you call “Democratic”

Adam

May 30th, 2012
11:53 am

Mighty Righty

May 30th, 2012
11:53 am

“When did Obama attack the middle class?”

Obama attacks the “middle class” everyday with his high gasoline prices, his high food prices, his high cost of health care, his high borrowing and his high rate of unemployment.

Michael

May 30th, 2012
11:54 am

Wouldnt it be great if the Koch Brother and Rove spent a billion dolars and lost. Humble pie is not something they have ever likely tasted.

Looney Bin

May 30th, 2012
11:54 am

Love your writing Jay, but honestly the comments are beginning to leave much to be desired. Such witty name calling by those who disagree with our President but can’t formulate an intelligent response to state their position. I think I’ll go back to enjoying the piece and the topic presented therein, but skipping the juvenile “discussion”.

MiltonMan

May 30th, 2012
11:54 am

Obama insults the Polish people – never to be reported by the AJC.

JohnnyReb

May 30th, 2012
11:55 am

Liberals have to look no further than John Kerry’s plan to get the Law of the Sea Treaty ratified during the Lame Duck session to understand why we have such a political divide in this country and why patriots such as Rove, Koch brothers, and Donohue are spending big bucks to defeat Obama and the Left.

I posted Dick Morris’ warning of Obama’s plan to get the Law of the Sea Treaty ratified several weeks back. But as usual, the Moonbats here hee-hawed it because it was not on their radar or had no interest. I suggest you educate yourself, and then you may, just may begin to understand why you are in for the political fight of your life in November.

Mary Elizabeth

May 30th, 2012
11:56 am

This is why Jefferson – the author of “all are created equal,” whom Lincoln admired and was committed to sustaining the Union to perpetuate Jefferson’s ideals – disliked corporate interests. The present day Republican Party is perpetuating these corporate, monied interests through its monied power, over the egalitarian thinking of Jefferson, who was central in establishing the foundation for America’s raison d’etre.

Brosephus™

May 30th, 2012
11:57 am

Obama attacks the “middle class” everyday with his high gasoline prices, his high food prices, his high cost of health care, his high borrowing and his high rate of unemployment.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Tw2pWU22LGY/TKSSD21ef2I/AAAAAAAADR0/w3M-B7-7IDc/s1600/1-liar-pants-on-fire.jpg

Oblama

May 30th, 2012
11:58 am

Oblama and Congress are NOT of, by and for the people. They are for themselves. What did you expect? TERM LIMITS and a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution are the answer to politicians FOR themselves instead of for their voters.

Joe Hussein Mama

May 30th, 2012
12:00 pm

MiltonMan — “Obama insults the Polish people – never to be reported by the AJC.”

Are you of Polish descent, or are you just trying to speak for us?

Joe Hussein Mama

May 30th, 2012
12:02 pm

JohnnyReb — “But as usual, the Moonbats here hee-hawed it because it was not on their radar or had no interest. I suggest you educate yourself”

After your comments of last week, you’re lucky any of the “Moonbats” here even respond to you any more. So far as I’m concerned, you couldn’t possibly pull up stakes and move to another blog fast enough.

Mighty Righty

May 30th, 2012
12:04 pm

willie lynch

May 30th, 2012
11:51 am
I say anyone who wants to go back to the policies that led to the great calamity of the Bush years, have at it.

The problem with the left which the above comment typifies, is that to their way of thinking, returning to lower unemployment, lower deficits, lower fuel prices, lower health care cost, lower food prices, fewer people on food stamps, less poverty, and in general better living conditions is “GOING BACK”. Even more interesting is they think increasing the size of government, taking away our freedoms is “moving forward”. They don’t seem to grasp the Obama policies have been tried many times before and have always resulted in failure while capitalism is the only known economic system to have a track record of success.

JKL2

May 30th, 2012
12:05 pm

-Democrats too will be forced to bend a knee to those who believe that big money justifies having a big voice, and only the naive would believe that that such a power once unleashed can easily be reined in.

George Soros says,”What?” MoveOn.org, nothing to see here…

Recon 0311 2533

May 30th, 2012
12:07 pm

Jay just loves polutico.

“In time, if the system is not reformed, Democrats too will be forced to bend a knee to those who believe that big money justifies having a big voice,”

“Democrats too will be forced to bend a knee”

Hard to stop laughing…Obama and the Democrats have shamelessly been on their knees for big money. Hollywood, labor unions, Wall Street liberals, George Soros and the like. Jay, you didn’t really type this with a straight face?

Mighty Righty

May 30th, 2012
12:07 pm

MiltonMan-The Polish government has demanded an Obama apology. Don’t be too hard on Obama, he didn’t have his teleprompter to tell him what to say.

JohnnyReb

May 30th, 2012
12:08 pm

Joe Hussein Mama

May 30th, 2012
12:02 pm

JohnnyReb — “But as usual, the Moonbats here hee-hawed it because it was not on their radar or had no interest. I suggest you educate yourself”

After your comments of last week, you’re lucky any of the “Moonbats” here even respond to you any more. So far as I’m concerned, you couldn’t possibly pull up stakes and move to another blog fast enough.
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JHM – I failed to see the notice from Jay where he had awarded control of this place to you. Until he blocks me, I’ll post what I choose. I will not be addressing you except with selected replies. I have as much right to be here as you. So FOAD.

Adam

May 30th, 2012
12:10 pm

Obama attacks the “middle class” everyday with his high gasoline prices

Gas Trend chart:

http://gasbuddy.com/gb_retail_price_chart.aspx

Also scare quotes tell me quite a lot about your mindset when it comes to the middle class. I guess they’re just the “soon to haves”?

I'm a liberal and believe everything I read and nothing the other side comes up with...cause we're smart and they are not

May 30th, 2012
12:13 pm

This country has become a INEPTOCRACY……………..A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing,and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed , are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers……………………That’s where we are.

getalife

May 30th, 2012
12:13 pm

“the United States Supreme Court handed a huge victory to the special interests and their lobbyists – and a powerful blow to our efforts to rein in corporate influence. This ruling strikes at our democracy itself. By a 5-4 vote, the Court overturned more than a century of law – including a bipartisan campaign finance law written by Senators John McCain and Russ Feingold that had barred corporations from using their financial clout to directly interfere with elections by running advertisements for or against candidates in the crucial closing weeks.

This ruling opens the floodgates for an unlimited amount of special interest money into our democracy. It gives the special interest lobbyists new leverage to spend millions on advertising to persuade elected officials to vote their way – or to punish those who don’t. That means that any public servant who has the courage to stand up to the special interests and stand up for the American people can find himself or herself under assault come election time. Even foreign corporations may now get into the act.” President Obama.

corporations are not people because you can’t lock up a corporation.

ty webb

May 30th, 2012
12:13 pm

as an olive branch, Obama should appoint a person of polish descent to light bulb changing czar.

The Snark

May 30th, 2012
12:14 pm

In our Declaration of Independence, the right of self-government is described as coming from our Creator. Now, control of self-government has become an end in itself, a muddy hill on which political parties bludgeon each other and stomp on our faces in their race to plant their flag at the summit. Neither party has a philosophy any more, just a marketing plan.

Joe Hussein Mama

May 30th, 2012
12:15 pm

JohnnyReb — “JHM – I failed to see the notice from Jay where he had awarded control of this place to you.”

How strange. I didn’t see one either. Did someone claim that there had been one?

“Until he blocks me, I’ll post what I choose. I will not be addressing you except with selected replies.”

Good. It will make refuting your nonsense ever so much more efficient and pleasurable. :D

“I have as much right to be here as you.”

Given your comments of last week, it’s most curious indeed that *you* should be the one to speak of ‘rights.’

“So FOAD.”

How charming. Do you kiss your wife with that mouth?

Adam

May 30th, 2012
12:15 pm

Oblama

May 30th, 2012
12:17 pm

And the Dem politicians and Oblama are of, by and for the people? Jay – you missed your calling. You are so much funnier than Bill Maher. Have you ever considered being a stand up comic?

getalife

May 30th, 2012
12:17 pm

We need a choice to dissolve corrupt congress and the corrupt sc.

They can’t reform themselves.

I'm a liberal and believe everything I read and nothing the other side comes up with...cause we're smart and they are not

May 30th, 2012
12:19 pm

Did this tropical storm over the weekend get blamed on Bush yet?

Mr. Dithers

May 30th, 2012
12:20 pm

I love coming on this blog to learn things. Today I learned that President Obama personally sets gas prices, food prices, health care prices, and personally puts people out of work while personally borrowing large amounts of money. Who knew? I guess I know who I’m not voting for in November. Thanks for the enlightenment, Mighty Righty.

AJC death watch

May 30th, 2012
12:21 pm

What a great day it’s going to be when Ann Cox Chambers’ subsidies for this worthless liberal rag are gone, and Jay Bookman has to try and find a real job. Dishonest Leftist isn’t much of a qualification, but maybe McDonald’s will be hiring… janitors.

getalife

May 30th, 2012
12:21 pm

There is nothing funny about how we the people allowed unlimited corruption in our government.

Steve

May 30th, 2012
12:22 pm

Mighty Righty, thanks for the comedy.

Oblama

May 30th, 2012
12:23 pm

What kind of bread do politicians eat? Sour dough.

n

May 30th, 2012
12:24 pm

When trillions in taxpayer largess is at stake to feed the military industrial complex, etc., and create more tax cuts for the wealthy, a billion here and a billion there are small potatoes.
Our politicians (R & D) now spend 90% of their time, energy and though processes fundraising for the next election and maybe 10% “governing.”
If we don’t have some sort of major campaign finance reform, the U.S. will morph into a totally corrupt oligarchy. It is already happening.

Ahem

May 30th, 2012
12:24 pm

Obama hides his past for reasons unknown to me. Obama has a public record that is known to many. Obama will lose notwithstanding the protection racket acting as the media. The people are hurting and very anxious and they will not vote for Obama again.

kayaker 71

May 30th, 2012
12:25 pm

Bookman,

Surely you jest. SEIU alone spent nearly 85M dollars on political contributions last year, according to the WSJ, in 2012 ALONE. They even borrowed 35M just to keep up and are now paying it back to lenders. Bozo wanted a billion dollars for the 2012 campaign but his donor base is shrinking due to disinterest by many who supported him in 2008 but want no part of him now. He campaigns to half empty venues of die hard supporters who would vote for him no matter what he did. People much like you, Bookman. When the Senators and Congressmen/women running for re-election shun his support, like they did for W, his fate is sealed. The recall election in Wisconsin next week will be a prelude to November. Even that Schultz chick in FL admits they will lose. Then when the Supremes vote down Bozocare, another nail in the political coffin. All Romney has to do is play that YOU TUBE video of Bozo saying that if he didn’t turn this economy around in his first term, he didn’t deserve a second. Romney should play that tape over and over and over to remind the electorate what a disaster this clown has been. But…. but…. he got OBL.

Oblama

May 30th, 2012
12:25 pm

What qualifies lawyers to be politicians? Simple. Both have the same job. To suck all of the money out of the system as possible.

I'm a liberal and believe everything I read and nothing the other side comes up with...cause we're smart and they are not

May 30th, 2012
12:26 pm

Who on here thinks if Obama loses in November, he will do like George W and just go quietly away?

jm

May 30th, 2012
12:27 pm

“People who make billion-dollar investments have a funny way of expecting to profit from said investments.”

Truer words never spoken about unions.

A guy who owns a Vegas hotel? Not so much.

Obama is over

May 30th, 2012
12:29 pm

“People who make billion-dollar investments have a funny way of expecting to profit from said investments.” This statement captures both the motivation of the NLRB and the frustration of American taxpayers over Obama’s disastrous “investments” in alternative energy, the failed stimulus, and a general lack of accountability over how Obama spends our money. I know you are frustrated by the difference in grass roots fund raising success in 2012 versus 2008. Perhaps it is because of the country is realizing that Obama, rather than being a unifying agent of change as promised in 2008, is actually a divisive Chicago style back room politician focused exclusively on partisan special interests. The latest examples of this are the job killing protectionist tariffs recently enacted. The solar panal tariffs are a feeble attempt by Obama to try to save face for his stupid partisan controlled alternative energy “investments.” Cutting losses by raising taxes on competition or subsidizing Obama bundler companies through above market Government contracts is not the way to encourage growth in a global economy. Global trade growth will dwarf U.S. GDP as long as Obama is in office. Obama should emphasize international trade agreements rather than domestic protectionist legislation. Unfortunately, based on Obama’s track record in office of putting together bipartisan coalitions to accomplish anything domestically, the potential for originating international trade agreements does not appear to be in Obama’s skillset. Reagan and Clinton knew how to unite coalitions of people with different political views, backgrounds, and interests for a common goal. What exactly are we paying Obama for?

getalife

May 30th, 2012
12:29 pm

Our cons permanently bend over and bow down to unlimited corruption.

We can’t change unlimited corruption without unity.

So stop crying about our President playing in your filthy game.

josef

May 30th, 2012
12:31 pm

MILTON MAN

The Polish one didn’t even get much traction downstairs, both threads…

I'm a liberal and believe everything I read and nothing the other side comes up with...cause we're smart and they are not

May 30th, 2012
12:32 pm

WARNING: A Jewish woman called in to the Bill Bennett show this morning from Florida and told him she has about 35 women in her “social’ group. She said they ALL voted for Obama in 08 and now only has 2 or 3 saying they will again. Laugh if you want to, but he’s hanging on the black,gay,union & far left base to win. Maybe that will be enough. Guess I ought to throw Latino in there. That’s a pretty good mix, but he seems to be losing more than he’s picking up.

Steve

May 30th, 2012
12:32 pm

Keep telling yourself that Obama is over, but look at the alternative- Willard Mittens Magic Underwear Plutocratic Automaton Romney.

I just don’t think the public loves him enough to outseat an incumbent when the economy is slowly but surely turning around.

I just walked across the street to see FIVE new homes going up in the subdivision that sat vacant for many years. I hate to say it, but things are improving.

Oblama

May 30th, 2012
12:32 pm

Just getting of the subject for a second here. Why does Oblama get ANY credit at all for killing Osama? Did he gather the intelligence that found Osama? NO. Did he plan the attack? NO. Did he actually go in and kill Osama himself? NO. Did he give himself credit for killing Osama? YES! Guess that is all there is to it? Just credit yourself. What an EGO.

Peadawg

May 30th, 2012
12:32 pm

So what’s your argument here, Jay? Obama and the Democrats will raise tons of money through special interest groups and PACS but the Republicans do it more nanny nanny boo boo?

willie lynch

May 30th, 2012
12:33 pm

Mighty Righty

May 30th, 2012
12:04 pm

Mighty? Surely not in thought.

The problem with the thinking on the on the side of the right is that they want to lay claim to the successes of the democrat president who held the office prior to the fiasco known as the Bush years. If you are comfortable defending the record of George Bush then go right ahead. History will prove otherwise.

Did Reagan increase our national debt? Were we the worlds leading creditor when he took office? What was our position with regard to this status when he left?

Did George Bush shrink the size of government? Was it George Bush who created the Department of Homeland security? Is it this department that can enter your home without a warrant, open your mail and listen to your phone calls? Can you be arrested and held without charge indefinitely under the programs put in place by the republican regime of Bush/Cheney?

Your disregard for facts is part of the reason you can’t see a return to the foolishness brought on by those on the right as a step back. You must first stop, look and listen.

Bush was handed the baton with a strong lead once he passed it to President Obama we were 100 meters behind. Had Bush not run such a weak leg in the race we might be further ahead. But as is the case with republicans it not there guy that’s the problem it’s the other guys inability to make up for their lacking quickly enough. Get a grip.

Thulsa Doom

May 30th, 2012
12:34 pm

“Just the spending linked to the Koch network is more than the $370 million”

Reminds me of yesterday when Jay asked “What is it with you guys and George Soros?”

“It will be government of the people, by the people and for the people only in the sense that, well, corporations are people.”

Corporations aren’t people. They are merely entities made up OF people, run BY people and FOR people. Other than that of course they have nothing to do with people.

getalife

May 30th, 2012
12:34 pm

Soros can donate a billion to our President.

Boo.

JamVet

May 30th, 2012
12:34 pm

What qualifies lawyers to be politicians?

Something about us being “a nation of laws, not men”?

At any rate, that is one helluva broad brush you use.

I remember reading about a quiet, unassuming man – a lawyer by trade and a pacifist by principle – who toppled an entire empire and changed the world.

For the betterment of us all.

Good men can be found everywhere and in every profession.

Alas, so can evil men.

Steve

May 30th, 2012
12:34 pm

Jefferson

May 30th, 2012
12:35 pm

Making political contributions is God’s way of telling you “you have too much money”.

I'm a liberal and believe everything I read and nothing the other side comes up with...cause we're smart and they are not

May 30th, 2012
12:35 pm

Steve…………maybe you ought to get out of your neighborhood………and your left wing sites………and look around a little.

Peadawg

May 30th, 2012
12:36 pm

“Corporations aren’t people. ” – Not according to Mitt Romney, who said they ARE people.

Scooter

May 30th, 2012
12:36 pm

Unfortunately, the “people” have been “given” so much our government is quickly becoming financially insolvent. But the politicians will continue walking us towards that cliff because it is political suicide to take a babies cake away from it. So in that regard, we are a government of the people, for the people and by the people, we are just a people willing to bite our nose of to spite our rich, er… our noses. But I’m sure Jay can give us a graph to “prove” that ALL the bank busting entitlement programs were the result of republicrats.

JamVet

May 30th, 2012
12:37 pm

I believe everything I read,

So given your compelling (eye roll) anecdote, what do you expect the American Jewish vote for Romney to be?

10%? 15% More? Less?

Thulsa Doom

May 30th, 2012
12:37 pm

“Polish concentration camps”

The gaffe president strikes again. Geez

Steve

May 30th, 2012
12:37 pm

For the banjo playing crowd here:

“With ABC’s Jake Tapper reporting that the Obama campaign is about to unleash an attack on Mitt Romney’s weak job creation record in Massachusetts, here are three things you should know:

Just like he is doing in 2012, Mitt Romney in 2002 said that his private sector experience as CEO of Bain Capital would allow him to create jobs in the state.

Romney’s private sector experience didn’t help him create jobs. Under his leadership, Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50 states in creating jobs. During Romney’s tenure, the job growth rate was three and a half times higher nationwide than it was in Massachusetts.

By the end of his term, Romney was so unpopular that he didn’t even run for reelection—and if he had, he certainly would have lost.

With a record like that, it’s no wonder that in his standard stump speech, Mitt Romney doesn’t even mention that he was once governor of Massachusetts.”

Oblama

May 30th, 2012
12:40 pm

TERM LIMITS and a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution along with simplifying the tax code. That is the plan that will reduce this debt. Whoever is in office next will get the blame for the Depression of unlucky 2013.

getalife

May 30th, 2012
12:40 pm

We are in radical right territory and it is not changing anytime soon.

cons should be happy with unlimited corruption because it fits their failed ideology.

It will produce many scandals because there are no rules on spending unlimited corruption.

josef

May 30th, 2012
12:40 pm

What did the interpreter say…

polskie obozy koncentracyjne

or
obozy koncentracyjne w Polsce

Does anybody have a link to the transcript…

Erwin's cat

May 30th, 2012
12:41 pm

Democrats too will be forced to bend a knee to those who believe that big money justifies having a big voice, and only the naive would believe that that such a power once unleashed can easily be reined in.

you’d be naive to believe that it’s not already happening equally in both parties

TGT

May 30th, 2012
12:41 pm

Corporations aren’t people!–Until it’s tax time.

getalife

May 30th, 2012
12:42 pm

Now you cons want him to apologize to Poland?

Pathetic hypocrites.