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June 19, 2006

Use The Buzz To Defund Republicans

-- by Dave Johnson

"The Buzz" is that Democrats will take back the House of Representatives. USE THE BUZZ. USE the perception that Democrats will have some clout soon to put fear into the corporate lawbreakers who are funding the conservative machine. I have written about this before, saying,

Threatening now to investigate illegal corporate funding is a strategic move that fires a warning shot across the bow of the Right's corporate funding machine, and it will apply pressure even if it just leaks out, anonymously attributed to "Democratic leaders," because of the buzz-factor that is coming into play.
Now there are even more signs that the timing is right:

Talking Points Memo this morning,

How much is that Democrat in the window? As the winds of change blow Democrats closer to a majority in the House, corporate interests have decided that Dem lawmakers are the "must-have" accessory for the fall season. Consequently, they're bumping up donations to Democratic candidates, and former GOP-heavy lobby shops are suddenly courting Dems to help fight their battles.
The Note (Conventional Wisdom-Central) today,
The Wall Street Journal's Brody Mullins detects a shift in giving among the Republican-leaning insurance, pharmaceutical and tobacco industries towards Democrats, signaling that "businesses believe Democrats will have more sway in Washington after the 2006 midterm elections or the 2008 presidential contest."
And the corruption stories continue daily. See yesterday's NYTimes story about the corruption in the Department of Homeland Security, With Bush-appointees setting up huge contracts and then leaving for million-dollar jobs with the companies they enriched.

So here's what I am saying. Use this buzz, take advantage of this Conventional Wisdom. Everyone is starting to think the Democrats will at least take back the House of Representatives, and strategists are looking at what this will mean. If the buzz proceeds toward thinking that the Democrats will be of a mind to seriously investigate the corruption and start putting corporate executives in jail, the Boards of these corporations, and the companies that insure them, will start worrying, and will feel pressure to start cleaning up their act and stop illegally funding the Republican machine.

And aside from the obvious political benefits, it's just good for the country.

Posted by Dave Johnson at June 19, 2006 7:51 AM

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Democrats are going to do this? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Posted by: richard [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 19, 2006 2:50 PM

Dave,

Your post suggests threatening investigations, but the Talking Points link correctly points out the only thing that is happening is the corporate money is shifting to Democrats, who are happily accepting it.

I'm confused. Are you saying that when corporation A contributes or lobbys Republicans, it is illegal, but when the same corporation contributes or lobbys Democrats it is legal?

Or are you finally agreeing with me that corporation A is now shifting it's illegal donations to Democrats, because basically, there is no moral difference between Democrats and Republicans? The corrupt Democrats are happily accepting the money, just like the corrupt Republicans were.

Your own referenced link points out the obvious to you Dave. Don't you think it's about time you considered that you may be being played?

Posted by: HappyOD [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 19, 2006 3:30 PM

No, I am talking about those corporate contributions that ARE illegal.

I'm saying that much of the funding of the conservative movement is blatantly illegal, while the current adminsitration tells investigators to look the other way. There has been no enforcement of these laws since Bush took office, and there has not been even a single Congressional oversight hearing.

An example, many of the activities of Heritage Foundation, which the Republican Party listed on their website as a "Republican Group," are election-related in promotion of a political party. This is illegal. And the Republicans listing them as a Republican Group was illegal. So if the corporations understand that there is going to be oversight and scrutiny, they will start to bring their contributions in line with the law.

Aother example is the kickback scheme of government contracting. Pay the Republicans, get a contract. Same for "earmarks" and other Congressional payoff schemes. And the hiring of people who awarded contracts.

My point about the shift in donations was to illustrate that the "buzz" clearly is that the Dems are going to take House. I'm saying they should use that buzz to let the world know there IS going to oversight and enforcement of the law again.

Posted by: Dave Johnson [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 19, 2006 4:13 PM

Dave,

YOUR point may have been to illustrate the "buzz", but YOUR reference correctly identified the ACTUAL point that the Democrats are now accepting the SAME contributions from the SAME corporations that the Republicans were.

As to earmarks, please avail yourself of Bob Novak's column today on that very subject.

http://www.townhall.com/opinion/columns/robertnovak/2006/06/19/201669.html

Here's one quote to whet the appetite:

"The authentic prevailing congressional attitude toward reform was expressed by a Democrat who often is less discreet than his colleagues. The Sun Gazette newspaper in Northern Virginia reported that Rep. Jim Moran told a party dinner June 9 in his district, "When I become (a House Appropriations subcommittee) chairman, I'm going to earmark the s--t out of it." "

C'mon Dave. You can't possibly believe there is an absolute moral difference between the two parties. How could that be? Would it be genetic? Environmental? Nurture? Nature?

Dave, please consider witholding your support from people who are out to take advantage of you, and start doing the right thing for yourself, your friends and your family.

A little term limits for both parties would get their attention.

Posted by: HappyOD [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 19, 2006 5:02 PM

That's mighty dishonest of you OD, Dave has never ever condoned corruption of any kind.

Forget term limits, let's publicly fund our elections, it would save us a ton of dough and it would be very interesting to see how the candidates would make use of their races if all things were equal.

Televangelist John Haggee (?), says that you can tell what a man values by looking at what he does with his time and his checkbook.

Posted by: grannyinsanity [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 19, 2006 10:58 PM

Granny,

Neither of my replies state or imply that Dave condones corruption. Your personal attack is unfortunate and completely unfounded.

My first reply states that Dave may be being played, which means he is UNWITTINGLY supporting corrupt Democrats.

My second reply asks Dave to withold support from those who would do him harm.

Granny, I know you are capable of debating these issues on their merits. I look forward to seeing your "A" game in the future.

Posted by: HappyOD [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 20, 2006 7:42 AM

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