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If you haven’t seen this video yet, you should take the time to watch, because what’s going on now in Wisconsin and may play out in other states as well is not about state deficits or budget cuts. It’s about union-busting and the power that goes with it. Breaking the unions is a stepping stone to that “permanent Republican majority” that the GOP have been working towards for years. It’s also about the money that the Citizens United ruling allowed to flow directly to the Republicans, and the corporations that are throwing it at them. And they’re not going to stop. It’s about plutocracy.

Just look at what Republicans are doing now. Redefining rape, de-funding health care, draconian laws against women, abortion, pushing for laws that make the killing of abortion doctors “justifiable homicide,” guns in schools, churches and bars, deregulating everything like big polluters, oil companies, repealing laws from the FDA, EPA, FAA, and these are just a few. Do you really want Republicans who are puppets to corporate rule to have a permanent majority? Look what happened in Arizona. They’re willing to do just about anything to get there, and trashing the country is of no concern to them. Just like John Boehner shrugged off job losses, they’re willing to trash the very Democracy they claim to love so much:

“So be it.”

They. Don’t. Care.

Watch this video below from Rachel Maddow and pass it along.

You can also read this piece for more background on what Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is really doing from Ezra Klein. Pass it along too.

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Yesterday the U.S. House voted to abolish public financing for presidential campaigns.

Democrat Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) proposed an amendment to the bill saying “it would have safeguarded our security funds for local law enforcement.” She was referring to the security budget for the upcoming 2012 Republican convention in her city, Tampa, Florida. She went on to say:

“I’m waving some red flags here with the help of my hometown to say this is expensive and we’re going to fight tooth and nail to have it covered,” she told the Buzz. “We’re not going to have the local taxpayers foot that bill.”

Well, her amendment was quickly killed, the voting commenced, and abolished public financing.

Voting in favor of the bill was Rep. Mike Bilirakis (R-FL). Well, later in the day, the following details came out concerning Rep. Bilirakis:

A spokesman for Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, notes that the lawmaker has been working with the governor’s office to get the convention designated as a National Special Security Event and obtain federal funding that way.

“Rep. Bilirakis is acutely aware of the security needs of the upcoming political conventions, especially in the aftermath of the Rep. (Gabrielle) Giffords shooting,” Creighton Welch said.

So Rep. Bilirakis gets to vote “against the cake” but eat it too.

Sounds like a big old slice of hypocrisy to me. But then Rep. Bilirakis is an old pro in that department. Just check his Twitter feed sometime for starters.

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The South Florida Raging Grannies “salute” the SCOTUS justices who ruled in favor of Citizens United.

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According to an article in the New York Times, the SCOTUS ruling in the Citizens United case that now allows corporations to spend unlimited cash in campaign contributions and essentially “buy” elections was just the beginning of an orchestrated plan to “dismantle the entire regulatory regime that is called campaign finance law.”

The plan was set in motion by James Bopp Jr., the first adviser for Citizens United, who has spent 35 years on the idea of changing campaign finance laws and regulating donations “as an affront to free speech.”

From the New York Times:

“We had a 10-year plan to take all this down,” he said in an interview. “And if we do it right, I think we can pretty well dismantle the entire regulatory regime that is called campaign finance law.”

“We have been awfully successful,” he added, “and we are not done yet.”

The involvement doesn’t stop with Mr. Bopp. Not surprisingly there is a lot more to the story than was first reported after the ruling, and several familiar names and groups are linked to the plan.

For instance, there’s a reason Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was one of the first to happily rush to the microphone to express his agreement with the ruling last week. McConnel has been involved with helping Mr. Bopp work on the regulations since 1996 according to the Times.

Also involved is The Republican National Committee and their so-called “purity tests” for GOP candidates, as well as Theodore B. Olson, the lawyer who argued the case, who was a solicitor general in the Bush Administration, and Bush’s appointments of so-called “conservative justices” to the Supreme Court, the shift in the court which made the ruling a five to four decision.

Bopp is also involved with Ralph Reed and the Christian Coalition, far right groups who fight election laws, and he brands Obama as a “socialist.”

It almost sounds like part of a larger ongoing plan to game the system hoping to skew the advantage to one party, doesn’t it? I’ll bet a lot more familiar names are involved as well that we’re not hearing about yet.

The only problem is that they didn’t think this through very well. They’ve opened up a lot of potentially disastrous outcomes, and not necessarily in their favor, because they won’t have any more control over where the big donors come from than anyone else, like foreign countries, for instance. Especially if Mr. Bopp is successful in his next step, shielding the donors identity. So much for free speech.

This from the so-called “National Security Party” who claim they are the only ones who can keep us safe. Stupidity can be dangerous.

To read the full article: New York Times

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