“But the mild voice of reason, pleading the cause of an enlarged and permanent interest, is but too often drowned, before public bodies as well as individuals, by the clamors of an impatient avidity for immediate and immoderate gain.”
–James Madison, 1788
Sorry to have to post this when we are trying to focus on the Reason for the Season and rightly so, but unfortunately for the politicians under the Dome it’s “Tis the Season” to push through bad policy when are you “distracted” by focusing on the season.
However several are deserving of our attention because of how they affect us.
This bill will most probably be voted on tomorrow (Wed. Dec. 11th) in the House (The bill passed Rep. Lisa “political class ObamaCare voter” Posthumus House Committee and she offered a joke of an amendment on the issue ad part of the bill) as it already flown through the Senate so….
To Stop this in the House please call or email YOUR Rep TODAY
House Reps Information, phone and e-mail HERE
This bill is proof that the political class in Lansing is AFRAID of limited government activists.
Ladies and gentleman, it’s war
The bill would amend the Michigan Campaign Finance Act to let the ruling political class hand pick a termed out legislator’s successor and designed to defeat limited government Tea Party candidates in a PRIMARY…
And codify an existing non-disclosure rule for election-related “issue ads.”
The bill was rammed through at the last minute,with floor amendments added after caucus with no explanation
The words, “free speech” are being thrown around a lot when it comes to SB 661. It’s not about “free speech”(no one is hindered from giving) its MAIN aim is to keep the political class staying the political class.
CITIZENS UNITED v. FEDERAL ELECTION
appeal from the united states district court for the district of columbia
No. 08-205. Argued March 24, 2009–Reargued September 9, 2009–Decided January 21, 2010
3. BCRA §§201 and 311 are valid as applied to the ads for Hillary and to the movie itself. Pp. 50-57.
(a) Disclaimer and disclosure requirements may burden the ability to speak, but they “impose no ceiling on campaign-related activities,” Buckley, 424 U. S., at 64, or ” ‘ “prevent anyone from speaking,”
Remember that only the person who wins the Primary is on the ballot. Who do you think will be on the ballot if this passes and the political class can give to their chosen candidate in the Primary??
Additionally, some political non-profits 501(c)s that depend on “dark money” for donations have used the argument that there is a potential for harassment by opposition organizations or even the IRS as reasoning to support the entire bill.
However, if a public policy issues affects me, than shouldn’t I have the right to disclosure and transparency? I believe I should. And if 1/3 of an entire bill is bad policy, should the WHOLE bill be supported? No.
Another part of the bill: Double the maximum contributions to a candidate or political party caucus committee allowed during an election cycle, and require the Secretary of State to adjust the contribution limits for inflation every four years
Will more money really solve the problems of bad policy created by the political class in Lansing?
Money in politics IS a problem. And if money is speech than 1% of 1% in America have a lot more speech than the rest of us! SB 661 aims to increase the money that the 1% of the 1% gives.
According to GOP operative Greg McNeilly in his latest e-mail,( you all remember him right?)
“Senate Bill 661, which would finally relax government limits on our *(the 1% of 1% political class) free speech, has already been passed in the Michigan Senate and is in the final stages of approval in the House. This bill is a commonsense reform that raises campaign donation limits that haven’t been updated since the 1970s and gives us (the 1% of 1% political class) all a bigger say on who represents us (the 1% of 1% political class donors and their interests) in office.”
*In the 2012 election, 28 percent of all disclosed political contributions came from just 31,385 people. In a nation of 313.85 million, these donors represent the 1% of the 1%, an elite class that increasingly serves as the gatekeepers of public office in the United States.” The Sunlight Foundation
However, bills like McCain/Feingold are not the answer. The only immediate answer is TRANSPARENCY for all.
However, laws like McCain/Feingold are not the answer. The only available right now is TRANSPARENCY.
Medicaid (the ticking time bomb) Appropriations
If you recall lawmakers do have to approve $70 million for the program because they delayed implementation until next spring.
THEY WOULD LIKE TO GET THIS DONE THIS WEEK TOO.
And while everyone was focusing on glitches with the Exchange web site and insurance polices…….
…The good news, if you want to call it that, is that roughly 1.6 million Americans have enrolled in ObamaCare so far.
The not-so-good news is that 1.46 million of them actually signed up for Medicaid. If that trend continues, it could bankrupt both federal and state governments.
Medicaid is already America’s third-largest government program, trailing only Social Security and Medicare, as a proportion of the federal budget”…
Please call and tell your legislator to vote NO on ANY appropriations related to HB 4714 or Medicaid Expansion.