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Old 01-23-2010, 09:28 AM  
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Obama now knows more about constitutional law than the SC

- FOXNews.com
- January 23, 2010
Obama Vows to Fight Supreme Court Campaign Finance Decision


President Obama blasts Supreme Court ruling easing limits on corporate campaign spending; says he's working with Congress on a 'forceful bipartisan response.'

President Obama on Saturday promised to fight a Supreme Court decision easing limits on political donations by corporations and unions, saying he couldn't "think of anything more devastating to the public interest."

In its 5-4 decision this week, the high court overturned two decisions and threw out parts of a 63-year-old law that said companies and unions can be prohibited from using their own money to produce and run campaign ads that urge the election or defeat of particular candidates by name.

The case involved a film by conservative group Citizens United, which criticized then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign.

Supporters called the decision a big win for free speech.

But in his weekly radio and Internet message Obama said it was unacceptable.

"This ruling opens the floodgates for an unlimited amount of special interest money into our democracy," the president said. "It gives the special interest lobbyists new leverage to spend millions on advertising to persuade elected officials to vote their way -- or to punish those who don't."

Obama said that means public servants who stand up to Wall Street banks, oil companies, health insurers and other powerful interests could find themselves under attack when election time rolls around.

"The last thing we need to do is hand more influence to the lobbyists in Washington or more power to the special interests to tip the outcome of elections," he said.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell disagreed, calling the ruling a "monumental decision" that restores First Amendment rights to those who want to "express themselves about political candidates."

"Our democracy depends upon free speech, not just for some but for all," he said in a statement.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO, National Rifle Association and other groups also sided with Citizens United in calling for a loosening of restrictions.

"This is a victory for Citizens United, but even more so for the First Amendment rights of all Americans," said Citizens United President David Bossie. "The fault line on this issue does not split liberals and conservatives or Republicans and Democrats. Instead, it pits entrenched establishment politicians against the very people whom they are elected to serve."

The court issued its ruling just as crucial midterm election campaigns are getting under way and as Obama's Democratic Party feels the pressure from a string of losses in New Jersey, Virginia and in Massachusetts, where this week Republican Scott Brown came from behind to win a Senate seat Democrats had held for decades.

Obama said the decision will make it harder to enact financial reforms, close tax loopholes, promote energy independence and protect patients from insurance company abuses -- key elements of his domestic agenda.
"We don't need to give any more voice to the powerful interests that already drown out the voices of everyday Americans," he said. "And we don't intend to."

He said he has instructed his administration to work with Congress to "fight for the American people" and develop a "forceful bipartisan response" to the decision.

"It will be a priority for us until we repair the damage that has been done," Obama said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:30 AM   #2
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Obama's like the feather in Forrest Gump. He's just floating around aimlessly. I'm starting to break into a flop sweat just watching the guy. It's like watching a stand-up comedian bomb.
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:18 AM   #3
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I wonder, will he ever pick a fight he can win?

He ran a flawless campaign. Where did those advisors go?
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:31 AM   #4
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I wonder, will he ever pick a fight he can win?

He ran a flawless campaign. Where did those advisors go?


They're finding out that actual leadership takes alot more work and skill than
it does to be a lawyer for acorn. They're finding out that the American people don't want socialism to replace capitalism.
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Old 01-23-2010, 01:20 PM   #5
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President Obama on Saturday promised to fight a Supreme Court decision easing limits on political donations by corporations and unions, saying he couldn't "think of anything more devastating to the public interest."
Have you noticed how easy it is to take pretty much any Obama speech and inter-change his use of the word "public" with the word "mine" and how it makes his statements much more accurate, at least in terms of what he really is meaning?

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"This ruling opens the floodgates for an unlimited amount of special interest money into our democracy," the president said. "It gives the special interest lobbyists new leverage to spend millions on advertising to persuade elected officials to vote their way -- or to punish those who don't."
And why are corporate special interests any different than union special interests? Oh yeah, I forgot, the unions support Obama and his cronies in Congress and corporate special interests oppose them.
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Old 01-23-2010, 02:04 PM   #6
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The SC decision is supposed to be a check on the power of the other branches of govt if they violated the "chains of the Constitution." He thinks he can actually override this with a new long and not see it struck down again?
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Old 01-23-2010, 02:39 PM   #7
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Considering unions are just as bad as putting crap on the air, I don't really see the problem. I don't pay any attention to the ads anyway.
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Old 01-23-2010, 02:45 PM   #8
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It's going to be funny to watch these guys have to pay the tab for years of having their boot on the throat of business
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:28 PM   #10
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Have you noticed how easy it is to take pretty much any Obama speech and inter-change his use of the word "public" with the word "mine" and how it makes his statements much more accurate, at least in terms of what he really is meaning?
It makes sense. We are the ones we've been waiting for.
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"Mr. Marshall has made his ruling; now let him enforce it."

It just sounded so much better when Andrew Jackson said it.
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What a crusader!

Is there anything he can't do?

I mean besides creating jobs and stuff like that. He picks his battles so well.
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:10 PM   #13
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What a crusader!

Is there anything he can't do?
This is the first time the Executive has ever challenged the Judicial branch. History in the making, folks.
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:26 PM   #14
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This is the first time the Executive has ever challenged the Judicial branch. History in the making, folks.
No it's called TRAMPLING the Constitution in the making folks. It's his version of FDR packing the courts. The dictator at work.
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:52 PM   #15
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No it's called TRAMPLING the Constitution in the making folks. It's his version of FDR packing the courts. The dictator at work.
Your flair for hyperbole is unmatched BY ANYONE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD FOREVER.
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