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PACS: Politics getting even more expensive

Letter by Norm Eklund, Bonney Lake on March 1, 2012 at 9:21 am with 19 Comments »
March 1, 2012 9:41 am

Re: “Republicans being eaten alive by the super-PAC monster they embraced” (TNT, 2-29).

As columnist Doyle McManus pointed out, candidates must be sure they have a billionaire or two in their corner. With so much money at their disposal, the candidates can afford more and more of the nasty negative ad campaigns we’ve seen thus far.

As Will Rogers opined, “Politics has got so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to get beat with.” He also said, “We’ve got the best government money can buy.”

Certainly the super-PACs are trying to accomplish that.

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  1. Let me start the rightwing response “Unions!” “Soros!”

  2. taxedenoughintacoma says:


    If it takes billions to rid ourselves of obama I say that is money well spent.

  3. Not when it will cost us our economy and our freedoms.

  4. Fibonacci says:

    Taxed your Repubilcan Boyz are going down no matter how much they spend.

  5. This could not be a better year to try out the ludicrous concept of SuperPACS, Billionaire Sugar Daddies, and “Corporations are People too my friend!”

    Without such concepts as these, the candidacies of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum surely would have fizzled out already. But, thanks to the Billionaire Daddy Big Bucks, Santorum and Gingrich are still in the race destroying the credibility of each other and Mitt Romney in the process. Thus, making it so much easier for President Obama to win reelection when the general election comes around.

    I really do hope all four of the GOP hopefuls stay in the race for all the remaining primaries, destroying each other all the way through to the bitter end.

    After the real election in November, when President Obama is reelected, I am sure we will see some changes in campaign finance reform before the next presidential election.

  6. concernedtacoma7 says:

    So you are implying that BHO is intentionally stalling on a popular piece of legislation (campaign finance reform) to swing votes in his direction? I thought he was about ‘change’, not dirty politics.

    You are right, he only rams through policy the public does not want.

    Xring- BHO is destroying our finances and freedoms. Killing US citizens without trials, maintaining all of the Bush GWOT policies. Drowning generations in debt. You must really hate that guy. Mandatory health insurance (a violation of our rights and contract law). The list goes on….ask muck, his source made it.

  7. “So you are implying that BHO is intentionally stalling on a popular piece of legislation (campaign finance reform) to swing votes in his direction?”

    This is an award winning deflection statement on the part of CT7. With the GOP owning the House of Representatives, there is about as much chance of campaign finance reform as a snowball in hell.

    “Obama intentionally stalling”???? The GOP has made stalling an art form since Obama’s election. They have even been tagged for voting against that which they once supported, if Obama supports it now. Health care mandates top the list.

    The sad part about these statements is that the conservatives actually think we are as ignorant as they are and that we’ll believe this crap.

  8. pantomancer says:

    Both (eventual) presidential candidates should promise to only take public financing.

  9. concerned…7 wrote “So you are implying that BHO is intentionally stalling on a popular piece of legislation (campaign finance reform) to swing votes in his direction? I thought he was about ‘change’, not dirty politics.”

    AS USUAL concerned…7 makes claims about something but NEVER PROVIDES ANY PROOF OR REFERENCES. concerned…7 says there is some “popular piece of legislation (campaign finance reform)” but WHAT IS IT? Where is your link to it concerned…7. YOU NEVER PROVIDE PROOF DO YOU?

    Is that because you are always making stuff up? Isn’t that lying? If you are not telling a lie here, then name that “popular piece of legislation (campaign finance reform)” that President Barack Obama is supposedly “intentionally stalling” according to you. If you can’t, then why don’t you, concerned…7, just shut-up until you can post something that is not a lie?

  10. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Ha! You are acting like a 4 year old, muck. You said BHO would stall on finance reform, not me. The evidence you are looking for is right on these very pages. How many letters and comments have been written Just this week demanding reform?

    But you keep whining and crying, I will keep pointing out through your own words and sources that BHO is the worst president in history.

  11. Well then, I must be a genius 4-year old who is able to post more coherent comments to these blogs than anything you post here concerned…7. So, I guess that would make you seriously brain damaged by comparison. Take your meds concerned…7. Then take a nap.

  12. CT7 – and you think things will get better under the republicon rule?
    The only ‘citizens’ killed without trial were active members and leaders of an organization engaged in the violent, armed conflict with the US.

    How does government telling doctors what procedures must be followed square with protecting our freedom.

    Notice that the Republicon controlled House has not voted on or debated campaign reform. Hopefully after the election there will be a change in the house leadership and the House will stop being a part-time.

    Maybe because they are to busy discussion contraception.

    Face facts – the only people the GOP cares about are millionaires, billionaires, and corporations.

  13. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Xring- Harry is leading the least productive Senate in a century. Define the problem then find a solution. In this case, dems are the problem and need to voted out by their states.

    Already linked to weeks ago whiners, so save your childish rant.

  14. If it is “the least productive Senate in a century.” You MUST give sole credit for that to Mitch McConnell and the Republican OBSTRUCTIONISTS. Republicans have made it the least productive Senate, despite all the hard work of Democrats to try to get things positive and productive done.

    It is a PROVEN FACT that the Republicans in the U.S. Senate have used the filibuster and cloture rules more times in the last few years than ever before in the entire history of The Senate, to bring the work of The Senate to a grinding halt.

    It is a PROVEN FACT that McConnell and his Republican obstructors have purposely done every thing they can to block legislation from coming up for a vote, in order to make the Democrats and President Obama look bad. Because, McConnell’s primary goal is to make sure President Obama does not get reelected, no matter what harm achieving that goal does to the rest of the country.

  15. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Prove it

  16. In answer to your “Prove it” let me just say…

    Already linked to weeks ago whiner, so save your childish rant.

  17. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Blocking terrible policy while trying to pass a budget to save our nation’s future is not obstructionist, it is common sense.

    Guess you have given up on facts. Thanks for once again showing progressives blindly follow BHO to all of our peril.

  18. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Stick to religious issues muck. You are waving the white flag on reasonable, fact based debate.

  19. concerned…7, you wouldn’t know what a “fact” was if it bit you in the butt. That’s YOUR WHITE FLAG blowin’ in the breeze old buddy!

    You should have taken a longer nap. You’re still a little cranky.

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