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Well, how about the telcos?

Swiftboater Jerome Corsi gets interviewed by MSNBC:

He was a Saul Alinsky organizer in Chicago. That's a very radical methodology that Barack Obama actually taught, and it involves redistribution of wealth, getting power to redistribute wealth.

Sounds good to me....

Now the setup:

And that continues to be one of Barack Obama's main themes.

And the pitch:

Look, he wants to take the energy companies, have windfall profits go to thousand-dollar checks to the poor. What company [clutches pearls] is Barack Obama going to target next for their profits to distribute to the poor?

[Pounds head on desk.]

I don't know which is more amazing: The idea that Obama is some sort of radical, or "What company is Barack Obama going to target next..."

But as I said: How about targeting the telcos next? They got the Fourth Amendment and immunity for their crimes from me, the citizen, so isn't it only right that I get some profits from them?

Maybe a rebate check, or something. "In consideration that the Fourth Amendment no longer applies to your email, we are sending you this coupon for $15, which you can redeem for minutes at your neighborhood Verizon dealer..."

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Submitted by Paul_Lukasiak on

the worst part of that interview was the introduction -- nothing was said about the fact that the whole Swift Boat thing was a pack of lies...

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Submitted by Damon on

The whole "Barack Obama is an evil genius." bent is head-poundingly annoying.

Here's a "letter to the editor" excerpt from my local paper, yesterday, that had me head-pounding:

"The Democratic presidential candidate is "Barry" (his name when he used cocaine) Hussein (his Muslim heritage) Osama (what the hero of Chappaquiddick, Ted Kennedy, called him)."

I'll save you all the rest. Needless to say that it references Marxism and rails against higher taxes. ugh

Between Obama and his wingnut detractors, I'm finding this year particularly depressing.

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Submitted by makana44 on

Obama was against it when Hillary proposed it and he was running against her. Now he's for it because he's running against McCain and needs to shore up his base by throwing his little liberal fanboys a bone. But once he gets in, the energycos have nothing to worry about. Barack knows who his real friends are.

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Submitted by nihil obstet on

The major campaign reform we need is to require as a condition of licensing, that TV networks and stations, and other media corporations as appropriate provide vouchers for campaign services to candidates. The details would need to be worked out, but the amount could be based on annual profits, and the cos would have to accept them at normal commercial rates -- none of this "our usual rate is $X, but if you want the service before the election, you'll have to pay twice $X." This would remove the need for obscene amounts of funding for candidates, and reduce the incentives for corruption.

It's absurd that campaign finance reform is always about how to funnel more money to private corporations just as health care reform ends up being about how to funnel more money to insurance companies.

Actually, the insurance companies would be another good target, wouldn't they?