Bill Press takes cake for illogic on money, politics
April 07, 2014 10:39 PM | 1150 views | 5 5 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Of all the shrill protestations I have heard and read from liberals following the Supreme Court’s recent decision in the McCutcheon case, Bill Press’ comments in his Monday column take the prize for illogical analysis.

He starts out by trying to convince the reader that campaign contributions are not a version of free speech. (“which, if you think about it, just doesn’t add up,” says he).

Well, I believe, if you REALLY think about it — objectively and not through the prism of liberal ideology — that it does add up. I can think of no version of speech more deserving of protection than the ability of a citizen to financially support-to any degree he sees fit — the candidate(s) or party of his choice.

Mr. Press then tries to paint a gloomy picture of the future of American politics, where he sees rampant corruption happening overnight as a result of this decision. He acts as if there are not already volumes of laws on the books (at the federal and state levels) outlawing the type of “quid pro quo” corruption that he pretends campaign finance limits were preventing.

Of course, he then trots out the liberals’ favorite boogeymen — the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson — as examples of those who will foul the otherwise pristine landscape of American politics with their filthy lucre, given in (now) unregulated quantities to Republicans. (He makes sure to mention that Adelson made his fortune “from gambling operations in Vegas and Macau.”) But, predictably, he makes no mention of George Soros or the Hollywood left, who have the means and desire to support the Democrat candidates of their choice on the same scale.

He then engages in a mathematical exercise which he seems to think supports his point of view. He states that only .008 percent of Americans (which works out to be about 24,400 citizens) “ever write a political check of $2,500.00 or more. And only a small percentage of that .008 percent wants to spend unlimited funds.” He concludes “that exceedingly thin slice of the electorate will now control American politics.”

I believe his real objection is that there is now a chance that this “exceedingly thin slice” will be supporting Republicans rather than Democrats. And a chance like that is something that liberals, like Bill Press, just can’t take.

George Kirk

Marietta

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why not
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April 08, 2014
I truly doubt that George Soros is contributing to the Democratic Party "on the same scale" as the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson. The Koch's and Adelson are each billionaires who are buying politicians who will be friendly to their fossil fuel and gambling interests. Watching the GOP candidates flocking to Las Vegas to kiss the ring of this eighty year old cadaver can leave no doubt that he is the true face of the Republican Party.
Why so
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April 09, 2014
@why not

Ok, so you can parrot the standard secular progressive narrative, but what are your ORIGINAL thoughts? Oh, nevermind, I forgot the Democrat party is devoid of any substantive ideas.
on balance
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April 10, 2014
Nyah, nyah, nyah,

Your guys are worse than my guys! Nyah. Whayever you say, I will say your side does more, less or worse. Nyah.

So there. And I would rather kiss his ring than what you kiss!
East Cobb Senior
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April 08, 2014
Very well written and reasoned rebuttal to Bill Press and his illogical and irrational attempt to debunk the McCutcheon decision. Bill Press, and the Ultra-Liberal Democrat and Obama apologist Kevin Foley view their demented ideology through the liberal prism of intolerance, emotionalism and non-factual hyperbole. Truth to a Liberal or Progressive is merely any statement, regardless of its validity, that substantiates their conclusion.
anonymous
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April 08, 2014
Politicians are clever people and since they write the state and federal laws will always build in ways to get around them. America has always had the best politicians that money can buy! Government is a self perpetuating corruption machine.
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