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    Harry Reid backs campaign spending amendment

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wholeheartedly endorsed a constitutional amendment to limit campaign spending on Thursday, putting the Senate on course to vote on the matter as early as July.
    Reid said that the Senate Judiciary Committee will take up the amendment on June 3, which allows Congress and the states to limit fundraising and spending on federal campaigns and gives lawmakers the ability to regulate outside groups. From there, the amendment will go to the Senate floor, where it has little chance of passing due to broad GOP opposition to meddling with campaign finance laws.



    But Democrats believe the failed vote on the amendment, which needs the backing of 67 senators, will still pay dividends in the run-up to the midterm elections, painting Republicans as supporters of big money in politics and Democrats as on the side of ordinary voters.

    “Let me pose a question to everyone, including my friend the Republican Leader [Mitch McConnell]. If this unprecedented spending is free speech, where does that leave our middle-class constituents? The poor?” Reid said Thursday morning. “It leaves them out in the cold. How could everyday working families afford to make their voices heard if money equals free speech?”


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    In my opinion one of the most important bills to reach the Senate floor. Its clear that we are becoming more and more an oligarchy (if we arent already there) and that money is buying our elections and our representatives. Unfortunately this is not likely to pass


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    Re: Harry Reid backs campaign spending amendment

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    In my opinion one of the most important bills to reach the Senate floor. Its clear that we are becoming more and more an oligarchy (if we arent already there) and that money is buying our elections and our representatives. Unfortunately this is not likely to pass [/FONT][/COLOR]
    Of course it's not going to pass. This is just a gimmick. Reid has no intention of passing this bill.
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    "gives lawmakers the ability to regulate outside groups"
    Im interested in the details. On the surface it screams "a way to manipulate the system further to our advantage" to me. Perhaps I am overly cynical but I just cannot see a bill being passed with the fairness for all in mind. Anytime Congress passes a bill its generally to their advantage and they rarely give away anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    Im interested in the details. On the surface it screams "a way to manipulate the system further to our advantage" to me. Perhaps I am overly cynical but I just cannot see a bill being passed with the fairness for all in mind. Anytime Congress passes a bill its generally to their advantage and they rarely give away anything.
    Especially when it originates from Harry Reid.
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    Re: Harry Reid backs campaign spending amendment

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Of course it's not going to pass. This is just a gimmick. Reid has no intention of passing this bill.
    If Reid had the charisma of P.T. Barnum, and the quote attributed to him - "there's a sucker born every minute" this might fool some people. He doesn't, and Reid loses his one. I wonder if he even realizes what people think of him. Evidently not, nor does he seem to care. It's all about grandstanding...

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    Re: Harry Reid backs campaign spending amendment

    Quote Originally Posted by Μολὼν λαβέ View Post
    Especially when it originates from Harry Reid.
    : Especially is the key word here!

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    Putting the debt on a sustainable path will ultimately require increases in taxes or cuts in government benefits or services for people who consider themselves to be in the middle class,” he said, according to CNNMoney.

    Though Elmendorf's comments may seem controversial, they're in line with what is actually taking place. President Obama's 2014 budget proposal included small tax increases on the middle class. In addition, lawmakers allowed the payroll tax cut to expire earlier this year, which hit middle- and low-income Americans harder than others.
    Doug Elmendorf, CBO Director: Fixing Debt Problem Requires Hitting The Middle Class

    Reid knows how to help middle and low income Americans and its not by increasing taxes; but that wouldn't ignite the liberal base now would it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    : Especially is the key word here!

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    And to think that suggesting Hillary Clinton may have residual effects of head injuries sustained in 2012 is political grandstanding!
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    Re: Harry Reid backs campaign spending amendment

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    In my opinion one of the most important bills to reach the Senate floor. Its clear that we are becoming more and more an oligarchy (if we arent already there) and that money is buying our elections and our representatives. Unfortunately this is not likely to pass [/FONT][/COLOR]
    What the hell is the matter with Harry. doesn't he know oodles of money is freedom of speech?

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    Re: Harry Reid backs campaign spending amendment

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    A Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) is a dangerous tool. Once it's convened, there is no stopping it from changing whatever it wants, regardless of what the stated intention is. Former Chief Justice Warren Burger, opposed convening a constitutional convention in a letter he wrote to Phyllis Schlafley when he said:

    "I have also repeatedly given my opinion that there is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of a Constitutional Convention. The Convention could make its own rules and set its own agenda. Congress might try to limit the Convention to one amendment or to one issue, but there is no way to assure that the Convention would obey. After a Convention is convened, it will be too late to stop the Convention if we don't like its agenda."

    I would oppose this particular congress from doing such a thing.

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