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Friday, September 12, 2014

Quote of the day -- On Yesterday's US Senate Vote


"Anyone who still doubts there’s a difference between congressional Republicans and Democrats should note that yesterday the Senate voted down a constitutional amendment that would have overturned several Supreme Court decisions by declaring that money isn't speech and corporations aren't people, and limits on campaign donations and spending therefore are permissible. Democrats voted for the proposed amendment, but every Senate Republican voted against (it needed 60 votes).

Although most Americans say they want big money out of politics, Republicans aren’t worried about a public backlash against them for voting against the amendment. Polls show getting big money out of politics is low on the public’s list of concerns -- way behind the economy, jobs, health care, terrorism, immigration, education, and the environment. Yet it’s impossible to make real progress on any of these higher-ranking issues without getting big money out of politics. We need to get that fundamental point across to our fellow citizens. But how?"

--Robert Reich

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