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Will the Supreme Court Allow Corporations to Buy Elections?

September 24, 2009

Mark on The Leslie Marshall Show discusses the pending case of Citizens United v. FEC before the United States Supreme Court. Congress has banned corporate contributions to Congressional campaigns since 1906, but if the Supreme Court holds that corporations have the same rights as individual American citizens to “free speech,” this will allow the floodgates to open.

Think about it. Barack Obama raised more money than any political candidate in American history:  more than $750 million from more than 1 million Americans. John McCain raised almost as much.  All political parties combined raised about $1.5 billion for American Presidential candidates.

But Exxon’s profit last year was $42 billion.  That means if Exxon would devote a paltry 5% of its profits (not its revenues, just its profits) to a Presidential candidate–a total of 2.1 billion– this one corporation could influence American elections 40% more than the grand total of every single American contributing to every single Presidential candidate and still keep 95% of its profits.

This may be what the five-member right-wing extremists on the Supreme Court vote for soon.

Allowing the single CEO of a single corporation, a “legal fiction,” to play with other people’s (his shareholders’) money and use that power to trump all 300 million Americans combined would be devastating to American democracy.

Thought Bush v. Gore was bad?  Now, in one obscure case, the Supreme Court will determine not just one President, but all future federal elections for all time.  Yikes!  And the CEO of Exxon will simply get the only vote that matters.

Might as well as pack up those voting booths….we won’t be needing them anymore.


Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers on “Medicare for All Who Want It”

September 22, 2009

Mark and Garland Nixon ask John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, about his single-payer health-care bill.

How ironic that the elderly are more opposed to “Medicare for All Who Want It” than young people! Because it is precisely young people paying into the system that would strengthen Medicare for those who have it now.

What do Canada, Australia, England, France, Germany, and Japan know that we don’t know? That single-payer is not only cheaper for everyone. It also provides better care. For everyone.


How Demagogues Get People to Believe Big Lies

September 21, 2009

Guest: Mike Signer, Author of Demagogue: The Fight to Save Democracy from its Worst Enemies and former candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia


Bob McDonnell’s Thesis: The Conservative Manifesto

September 15, 2009
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What does the manifesto of the Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia tell us about Republican Values and his own?


Republicans Fall Off the Deep End: Wild Ideas and Outbursts from the Party of No

September 14, 2009

Mark and his guest, Republican Strategist Mike Lane, discuss the wild ideas of the Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia (Bob McDonnell), who wants to ensure women are paid less than men, and the wild shouts of Republican Congressman Joe Wilson who insisted on interrupting President Obama’s health-care speech with his own lie:  “You Lie!”

Can Mike Lane possibly defend these wild ideas and outbursts?

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