Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) says, “corporations control the patterns of thinking” in the United States and that the Bill of Rights to the Constitution should be amended so that the government is given the power to restrict freedom of speech.
“We need a constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to control the so-called free speech rights of corporations,” said Johnson.
This Bain thing is getting weird. And by weird I mean “self-immolating for Democrats.”
Point: [Atlanta Mayor Kasim] Reed said on NBC’s Sunday political broadcast he was alarmed by the internal Democratic skirmish over whether or not President Barack Obama should attack his GOP rival’s business career, likening the prospect of campaigning without the volley to fighting “with one hand behind his back.” “[F]or Democrats to be having a conversation about whether this is fair game,” Reed said in yesterday’s “Meet the Press” roundtable, “is unacceptable.”
Counter-point: …Reed neither disclosed nor explained why, if he thought Bain Capital was so horrible, he hired two high-level employees–former Chief Operating Officer (COO) Peter Aman and current Deputy Chief Operating Officer Hans Utz–immediately after the two had been working at Bain. Aman, a Partner at Bain & Company, took a two-year leave of absence from Bain, in order to work as COO, which is essentially a Deputy Mayor position, under Mayor Reed, from the beginning of 2010 to the end of 2011.
Now, if you’re wondering whether it might be possible to indeed honorably split off moderate Taliban elements… well, probably, yes. If you’ve got the party that actually takes foreign policy seriously running things; in other words, not Jim Marshall’s. Harsh of me? No, not really. Jim Marshall’s a Blue Dog: which is to say, a hypocrite on spending who voted for the stimulus with nary a qualm. If he’s going to betray his supposed fiscal conservatism, what’s to stop him from betraying his supposed national security bona fides, too?
…[Preston] Blackwelder said it would be preposterous to stop praying before meals at Port Wentworth’s Ed Young Senior Citizens Center near Savannah because of a federal guideline.
“She would say pray anyway,” Blackwelder said of his grandmother. “She’d say don’t listen.”
But Senior Citizens Inc. officials said Friday the meals they are contracted by the city to provide to Ed Young visitors are mostly covered with federal money, which ushers in the burden of separating church and state.
(Via Hot Air Headlines) Call me a dirty no-good theocratic knuckle-dragging reactionary (we will now pause for a discreet chuckle from my personal friends), but I’m pretty sure that if you could somehow contact James Madison at this late date and asked him whether he intended the Bill of Rights to keep charity cases from being able to pray before federally-subsidized meals, he’d look at you as if you had two heads. Then he’d probably motion for George Mason to grab you from behind so that Madison could knee you in the groin.
Now this should be what worries proponents of health care rationing: citizens showing up in much larger-than-anticipated numbers to complain about an issue – to legislators who agree with them.
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., learned constituents were more engaged than he may have thought.
Hundreds turned out in Waycross for a town hall meeting Wednesday on House Resolution 3200, the House bill on reform – a discussion Kingston’s staff thought would draw only 50 or 60.
Kingston heard worries over the effect of the bill on businesses, lack of health care choice, and the degraded quality of coverage. Kingston himself said there was too much big government and too much cost in a universal plan.
Via The Campaign Spot. The aforementioned health care rationing supporters – which is to say, “Democrats” – should be worried for two reasons. First off, it helps put the lie to the Democrats’ sad allegations that the other side is also faking up grassroots support. Jack Kingston won his R+16 district by a comfortable margin last year; GA-01 is about the last place you’d choose for astroturfing GOP support for something. Secondly – and more importantly – stories like this indicate that the Republican rank-and-file has gotten a taste for showing up for events like these. Which is great… for the GOP, because we don’t have to spend many resources at the moment to get them there and keep them there. Not so great news for the Democratic party, which will have to have its union contingent spend even more resources to match what we’re doing now. Which means that anybody from a GOP district should go to their town hall meetings, too. Not that you should forget your cameras.