I'll See If I Can Sneak This One Past You

Tuesday morning at 7a Rebecca Heimlich from Americans for Prosperity will be on and the Spending Revolt bus will be at the WSPD parking lot from 7-8a. Stop by and sign the pledge to cut government spending. If we return to federal spending of jut 20% of the GDP we can get the fiscal house in order.

No votes yet

Why not wait awhile, for the GDP to tank further? Like as in 20% of Zero? Let federal spending cover only National Defense, e.g.?

Corporations and special interest groups now enjoy the ability to spend unlimited amounts of money on elections since the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling earlier this year.
Quote from ThinkProgress.
http://thinkprogress.org/2010/08/27/conservative-groups-400-millio/
Those conservative groups trying to use $400 million in outside spending to tip the midterm election include:

– Chamber of Commerce has pledged to spend $75 million
– American Crossroads has pledged to spend $52 million
– Americans for Prosperity has pledged to spend $45 million
– Republican State Leadership Committee has pledged to spend $40 million
– American Action Network has pledged to spend $25 million
– American Future Fund has pledged to spend up to $25 million
– Club for Growth has pledged to spend at least $24 million
– National Republican Trust PAC has pledged to spend at least $20 million
– An unnamed health insurance industry coalition has pledged to spend $20 million
– National Rifle Association has pledged to spend $20 million
– Faith and Freedom Coalition has pledged to spend $11 million
– FreedomWorks has pledged to spend $10 million
– Americans for Job Security has pledged to spend $10 million
– Susan B. Anthony List has pledged to spend $6 million
– Our Country Deserves Better (Tea Party Express) has already spent $5 million
– Tax Relief Coalition has already spent $4 million
– Republican Majority Campaign has pledged to spend $3 million
– Campaign for Working Families has pledged to spend $2 million
– Heritage Action for America has pledged to spend $1 million
– Financial Services Roundtable has already spent $0.5 million
– Family Research Council has raised $0.5 million
– Citizens United Political Victory Fund has pledged to spend $0.2 million
TOTAL: $399.2 million

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

Why is it that when conservatives start to fund-raise and organize in ways (the legal ones) that liberals have been using for years, the left goes absolutely nutty bananas? With fund-raising, it's always the "evil" corporations and special interest groups trying to buy elections. With organizing, it's not considered grass-roots activism but "astroturf" activism funded by the "evil" corporations and special interest groups trying to influence elections.

So I guess the question is, what's the difference between Americans for Prosperity and other conservative groups raising money and this:
AFL-CIO and SEIU have combined $88+ million for this year's election cycle
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870412560457544991370787813...
That's a little over 20% of the total pledged from the groups listed above. And just think how much that number would go up if we added in the NEA and AFT.

By the way, the question about what's different was asked half-rhetorically because I'm thinking one of the big differences between the two is that the money and time given to groups like Americans for Prosperity is given, pledged, etc. and not automatically taken from it's members.

He's Baaaaack----the cut and paste poochie with his tail between his legs.

"...conservative special interest groups and corporations"? Do you realize how ridiculous your statement is? THEY BOTH DO IT INCLUDING YOUR LEFTY SPECIAL INTERESTS AND UNIONS.

I think we should follow the cut and paste poochie's example and make a list of Lefty Special Interest groups who DONATE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO INFLUENCE THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS.

I can think of one: MoveOn.org is a biggie. George Soros and his many groups.
Citizens for the Socialist Way....oops I mean American Way.

Lets make it a game and match the poochies pasted list.

Clemson, I see you are new. Might want to look at his last posts about a week ago to get a true picture of the type of person he is, separate from his politics. He's welcome to have has own opinions however blatant lying and vindictativeness is a totally separate issue.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.-Ben Franklin

Will any of this have to be corrected later Paul, or have you already checked the veracity of your "facts"? I'd hate to see your reputation harmed by another lie.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

" I'd hate to see your reputation harmed by another lie."

It's never bothered you or your boss before. Ask you boss when the "Obama fishing band" goes into affect when you get a chance. He milked that for weeks, told me Obama was going to band fishing in the US.

There's a fishing band? Sweet, where are they playing?

The fruits of MY labor are not a social commodity.

There's an Obama fishing band? That is freakin' awesome!!! I hope they do "Play That Funky Music White Boy", one of my favorites. Let's see if they'll do a Rally By The River, I'm tired of seeing TBA.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/opinion/29rich.html?_r=1&ref=frankrich
This is an excellent article that points out the fraud of the Tea Party movement

Check out this.
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer?curren...

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

In what is probably not a giant surprise, I think you may be missing the point. Instead of making any attempt to address the hypocrisy in your original post, you continue to demagogue because a leftist's argument really never works unless there's a perceived enemy. I'm sure Alinsky would be proud because the motive here really isn't about trying to "expose" who's behind the Tea Party, it's about trying to silence those individuals/groups who oppose this administration and their hardcore liberal ideology.

Back to the original point though, essentially what I'm getting from your posts is:
Americans for Prosperity > Koch Brothers = Bad. Very, very bad.

But let's look a little deeper at where you're getting your information.
Think Progress (talking points generator for left-wing bloggers) > Center for American Progress > wait for it. . .George Soros = I'll let you fill in the blank here.

One last quick note. You really can't call an opinion piece by Frank Rich an excellent article. That's like saying you get accurate and unbiased news reporting from Keith Olbermann. And one other thing, can The New Yorker article really be considered objective when it cites Media Matters?

George Carlin ~ The American Dream
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acLW1vFO-2Q&feature=related

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

Hahahaha---I haven't laughed this hard in weeks. Maybe Biden will join the fishing band too. They might as well put 'gone fishin' signs on their doors. only were the ones sunk.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.-Ben Franklin

You never know---senseless '2 advanced degrees' may be in Band Fishing. You know like when you band a bird.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.-Ben Franklin

Oh no! I spelled something wrong on the internet! Red Alert! Red Alert!

I hope Wilson doesn’t Stainbrook me now.

Why are you worried? It's an astroturf group, not a grassroots movement. They don't have any real power and besides people don't approve of Republicans any more because of it. Besides people will remember that Bush was evil.

I wouldn't worry about the midterms if I were you. Sounds like there's enough in your favor that it'll be fine.

MikeyA

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