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Citizens United

Robert Reich on Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

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"The biggest threats to American sovereignty are invisible digital dollars wired into U.S. election campaigns from abroad." -- Robert Reich

  Wrapping up my several days of again raising the alarm about the imperative to reverse the 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizen's United (and what we can do about it), the last word for now must come from one of my heroes, progressive economist Robert Reich. Much lauded Reich has emerged as the best spokesperson prescribing the cure for what is wrong in the US. You can follow his think pieces ...

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More On Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

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If people in the US agree on so much, why isn't anything getting done? This is a continuation of yesterday's $pecial Interest Government Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things. The stats are in Majorities of people in the US, Democrat, Republican, and Independent, agree to commons sense gun control (85%) and climate change action (including 65% who blame human activity). The majority object to a tax system supporting income inequality (60% want higher taxes for the rich and 82% want corporations to pay their fair share in taxes) and an economy rigged in favor of corporations (more than 70%). Including 80% ...

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$pecial Interest Government is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

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Despite much hand-wringing by presidential candidates bemoaning a divided US, we the people are in agreement on many issues, including what is undermining our democracy. Frances Moore Lappé and Giulio Caperchi, writing for BillMoyers.com outline it for us based on a 2014 study covering both blue and red states. Climate change. Americans’ concern about global warming is at an eight-year high, with a record 65 percent of us now blaming human activity for rising temperatures. Gun control. Eighty-five percent of Americans — including large majorities of both Republicans and Democrats — favor closing gun-sale loopholes by ...

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Arrow’s Paradox Dismembers Supreme Court Illogic

Kenneth Arrow

A few years ago around July 4, we wrote about the fallacy of the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in the Citizen's United v Federal Communications Commission case opened the door to giving personal rights to corporations by prohibiting the government from restricting political expenditures. These same fallacies underpin the recent ruling in Burwell v Hobby Lobby  newly bestows on corporations the right to assert religious freedom when considering their employees birth control. Neither were good decisions. They were irrational and false because they are devoid of any valid national vision. As Congress waves its arms trying to rectify ...

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