Sunday, April 6, 2014

Progressive Agenda Cries Foul on Supreme Court Campaign Ruling: Remains Silent on Comcast – Time Warner Merger

Well it has been a while since anything really motivated me to post to my blog, but these items brought forth a need to ask why?  Why is the public so silent to the real loss of independent thought, personal choice and diversity?  These recent items in the national news require the reader to look for the nexus between political parties, media monopolies and big money influence over politics and social issues.
The media would have us fearful of the ability for individuals to give privately to political candidates of their own choice, but no fear is sown for mega-media monopolization.  Over the past ten years the progressive mafia have made it their business to whack anyone who they perceive to be a threat to their agenda.  Look at what happened to a Brendan Eich, CEO of Mozilla.  The fascist behavior and intolerance is on full display.  Pay attention!  Just like the actions of Mozzilla to one of their own, Time Warner and Comcast have deep ties to the Progressive Agenda and all who fail to grasp the danger of too big to fail in media, need to do their homework on how the progressive agenda is steam rolling America into a form of tyranny that she may not recover from.
Pay attention America.  While the main stream media cries foul with the left side of their mouth, their right side silently grins at the perceived brilliance of their actions that go unnoticed or heralded by their supposed opponents.  I ask why?  Do you?
YiT ~ Shelly

Supreme Court strikes down overall limits on political contributions

Published April 02, 2014 - FILE: June 20, 2013: The U.S. Supreme Court building, in Washington, D.C.AP
Supreme Court BIG TOP.jpgWASHINGTON –  The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled Wednesday that limits on the total amount of money individuals can give to candidates, political parties and political action committees are unconstitutional.
The major ruling, which was hailed by Republican congressional leaders as a First Amendment victory, removes the cap on contributions, which was set at $123,200 for 2014. It does not change limits, though, on individual contributions for president or Congress, currently set at $2,600 per election.
Chief Justice John Roberts announced the decision, which split the court's liberal and conservative justices.
“Money in politics may at times seem repugnant to some, but so too does much of what the First Amendment vigorously protects,” Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. “If the First Amendment protects flag burning, funeral protests and Nazi parades – despite the profound offense such spectacles cause – it surely protects political campaign speech despite popular opinion.”
The overall limits "intrude without justification on a citizen's ability to exercise `the most fundamental First Amendment activities,"' Roberts said, quoting from the court's seminal 1976 campaign finance ruling in Buckley v. Valeo.  Justice Clarence Thomas agreed with the outcome of the case, but wrote separately to say that he would have gone further and wiped away all contribution limits.
Others, though, described the ruling as a major blow to vital campaign finance rules. 
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How Comcast Bought the Democratic Party

A huge merger brought about by high-intensity lobbying goes unopposed.

By Matthew Continetti 


The communications giant Comcast announced in February that it would buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, creating the largest cable provider in America, with more than 33 million customers. That is about one third of the U.S. cable- and satellite-television market. FCC approval is required for the merger to go into effect. Critics of the deal say it would lessen competition and lead to even shoddier customer service. They are probably right, as all of us will soon find out, because there is little chance the merger will be stopped. Comcast, Time Warner, and their political fixers have spent years preparing for this moment — by buying off the Democratic party.
Comcast, which employs more than 100 lobbyists, spent almost $19 million last year on lobbying activities. Its president and CEO, Brian L. Roberts, is a golf buddy of President Obama’s, and a Democratic donor who has contributed thousands of dollars not only to the president’s campaigns, but also to the Democratic party of Pennsylvania, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the DNC Services Corporation, and to Steny Hoyer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Bob Casey. Roberts’s executive vice president, David Cohen, is a former aide to Democratic bigwig Ed Rendell. Cohen skirts lobbying regulations through loopholes, has raised more than $2 million for Obama since 2007, and in 2011 hosted a DNC fundraiser at which the president called him “friend.” Cohen has visited the White House 14 times since 2010, including two visits to the Oval Office. He attended the recent dinner for President Hollande of France.
Cohen plays a major role in the Comcast Foundation, which has disbursed more than $3 billion since 2001, primarily to “groups that serve African-Americans, Latinos, and Asians” and other segments of the Democratic coalition. You will be surprised to learn that many of the groups to whom the Comcast Foundation has donated now support the proposed merger. Of the $33 million Comcast has spent on political campaigns since 1989, more than half, or some $18 million, has gone to Democrats. Barack Obama is No. 1 on the list of the top ten recipients of Comcast’s largesse. There are four Republicans on the list.
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