Saturday, January 23, 2010

Free Speech Rights - Obama v. Public

Obama whined about the Supreme Court decision this week to undue a century of campaign finance law and free speech restrictions. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the high court said that corporations and unions (labor unions are corporations under section 501(c)5) have the same free speech rights as individuals and political donations constitute a form of free speech protected under the First Amendment. Reported by The Hill, Obama said,

"This week, the United States Supreme Court handed a huge victory to the special interests and their lobbyists – and a powerful blow to our efforts to rein in corporate influence... This ruling strikes at our democracy itself...

"When this ruling came down, I instructed my administration to get to work immediately with members of Congress willing to fight for the American people to develop a forceful, bipartisan response to this decision... We have begun that work, and it will be a priority for us until we repair the damage that has been done."
In other words, Obama doesn't like the the fact that individuals, corporations, and unions are now on equal footing. In the past 102 yrs since the first campaign finance laws were past in 1907, the law has favored unions to the detriment of individuals, corporations, and business in general, big and small. It isn't entirely clear if Obama believes political contributions is free speech protected by the Constitution, except for unions. In coming months, Team Obama will be working hard to restore the imbalance.

However, the commoners don't agree with Obama. Rather, they agree with SCOTUS as the pollsters at Gallup found. The poll was conducted in October 2009, preceding the high court decision by several months.



Though the public disagrees with Obama that contribution rules should apply to both individuals and corporations alike, the public generally agrees that limits should also apply to both entities and this crosses political aisles.

The SCOTUS decision creates a new question concerning the legal body (corpus) of corporations and the full extent of the rights reasserted last week. Because corporations are considered to be essentially the same as an individual citizen with the abilities, rights, and duties to grow, expand, pay taxes, enter contracts, contribute to political causes, die, etc., do corporations now have a right to vote as any other individual? If so, how is that to be accomplished? If not, is the Court prepared to return to a 'separate but equal' philosophy concerning some bodies, but not others? But, unlike Plessy v. Ferguson, corporations and unions would not be 'separate but equal' to individuals because they would experience taxation without representation which was the prime cause of American independence.

Curiouser and curiouser.





The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I Hate Scott Brown

The good folk at Huffington Post are still trying to dig up dirt on Massachusetts Senator-elect Scott Brown and family. The latest is of his wife, Gail Huff, at a younger time when she appeared in the music video "Girl With the Curious Hand" by Digney Fingus.


You Tube
HuffPo writes that
Huff struts around and sunbathes in a black bikini, the top of which she removes at one point before diving into water. At the song's climax, she suggestively squeezes a tube of sunscreen, perhaps explaining the curiosity of this girl's hand.
If the purpose was cause Brown supporters to think twice about future support, it worked. I already hated him for the nude photos in Cosmo. But now I really hate him.





The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Tax Deduction for Haiti Relief

Nancy Pelosi wants to give Americans a tax break who contribute money to the Haiti earthquake relief efforts in order to stimulate more contributions.

Writing in her blog, The Gavel, San Fran Nan's aide, Karina, explains,
Americans are responding with generosity and compassion to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, donating their hard-earned money and time — which can literally mean the difference between life and death to many Haitians and others struggling through this tragedy and devastation. Today, the House unanimously passed legislation (HR 4462) to provide an immediate benefit for those who have already given and incentive for those who are considering a charitable contribution.

The legislation allows individuals making a charitable contribution after January 11th and before March 1st to victims of the earthquake in Haiti to claim these charitable contributions on their 2009 tax return. Without this change, taxpayers would need to wait until next year to claim a deduction for these contributions on their 2010 tax return. The bill also includes a provision allowing those who text messaged a donation the ability to use a phone bill as proof of donation.
And, under Current Legislation, Nancy writes,
"The American people are responding with generosity and compassion to the devastating earthquake, donating their hard-earned money and time -- which can literally mean the difference between life and death to many Haitians and others struggling through this tragedy and devastation. Donors have contributed more than $220-million to major U.S. relief groups, with $22 million made through cell phone text messages.

On January 20th, the House unanimously passed H.R. 4462 to provide an immediate benefit for those who have already given and incentive for those who are considering a charitable contribution. We must do everything we can to help the people of Haiti and the aid workers working so feverishly on the ground to help them. The bill allows individuals making a charitable contribution after January 11th and before March 1st to victims of the earthquake in Haiti to claim these charitable contributions on their 2009 tax return. Absent this change, taxpayers would need to wait until next year to claim a deduction for these contributions on their 2010 tax return. The bill also includes a provision allowing those who text messaged a donation the ability to use a phone bill as proof of donation."
What?! Nancy Pelosi, Democrat Speaker of the House of Representatives is saying lower taxes encourages people to give more, lower taxes is a good thing for an economy? Unbelievable!... not that she knows this to be true, but rather that she would actually say it and put it in writing for all the world to see. Yet, she still holds dear that Americans aren't taxed enough and must be forced to pay more with threats of legal action. Unbelievable...





The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Health care Dead, But Not Dead

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said clearly today that she does not have the votes to pass the Senate health care bill.

"I don't think it's possible to pass the Senate bill in the House... Unease would be a gentle word in terms of my colleagues' attitude toward certain provisions of the Senate bill... There are certain things members just cannot support."
However, Pelosi maintains the possibility a future health care bill may pass the House and Senate.

Like zombies, government run health care just won't die. Democrats still hope to cobble together a Frankensteins monster of bad ideas to revive health care control.





The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Fewer Californians Approve Obama

Obama's approval rating is on a steady decline in California, a previously assumed Democrat state. However, according to a new Field Poll, that approbation may be changing due to voter rage. January 2010 Obama approval is down to 56% from 60% in October 2009 and 65% last March.

From initial approval rating to the one year in office point, Reagan went from 74% to 62%, Jimmy Carter changed from 68% to 54%, George HW Bush jumped 61% to 71%, Bill Clinton increased his rating from 50% to 57%, and George W Bush soared from the lowest 42% score to the highest at 72%.

Read more at LA Times.




The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Scott Brown Wins MA Senate Seat

Republicans win US Senate race in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Forty-first vote ends Democrat dominance. Beginning of the end for Obama and Co.


You Tube"Baby Elephant Walk" by Henry Mancini from 1962 movie "Hatari" starring John Wayne and Elsa Martinelli.
America wins.



The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Democrat Meltdown in Mass. Begins

Democrat finger pointing and blame fixing has commenced even before the Massachusetts Senate race voting is over. An advisor to Martha Coakley blames the national Dem organ for lack of support in a memo made puplic by Ben Smith at Politico. Part of the memo reads:
National Dems Failed to Aid Coakley Until Too Late

— Coakley campaign provided national Democrats with all poll results since early December

— Coakley campaign noted concerns about "apathy" and failure of national Democrats to contribute early in December. Coakley campaign noted fundraising concerns throughout December and requested national Democratic help.

— DNC and other Dem organizations did not engage until the week before the election, much too late to aid Coakley operation
White House and national Democrat party officials are pointing fingers back at Coakley.

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has blamed Coakley, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic pollster Celinda Lake for failing to see Brown’s surge in time to stop it.

“With the legislative and political stakes so high, it’s unbelievable that the Senate committee and White House let this race get so out of hand,” said one senior Washington Democrat. “There’s a lot of blame to go around. Martha Coakley is only one of the problems here.”
In an update, Ben Smith adds,
"A White House official e-mails: "It's a little mind-boggling to see political consultants spin the election before the election is even over. There's only one reason to do that." "
Hmmm, I'm stumped. What could that reason be?





The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Two-thirds of Voters Hate Obamacare

Democracy Corps confirmed Democrats are in danger of losing congressional seats in the 2010 mid-term election. The polling firm was founded by the ever annoying Democrat James Carville, former lead political strategist for the Bill Clinton presidential campaign whose true first name is Chester. Voters, according to the survey, do not like the Obama health care plan and have a much more favorable view of Republicans compared to only a few months ago. And by fairly big margins, too.

The survey, available on the Democracy Corps website and not yet publicized or reported, was reviewed by Brian Faughnan of The Daily Caller -
According to Democracy Corps, likely voters have a sharply negative view of the president’s health-care and economic plans, and a far more favorable view of Republicans than they did a few months ago. Because Democracy Corps was founded by Democrats James Carville and Stanley Greenberg, the firm’s findings have significant influence in national Democratic circles.

Democracy Corps surveyed more than 1,000 voters nationwide, including more than 800 likely voters. The group asked voters to identify themselves as “warm” or “cool” on parties or proposals. Fifty-two percent of likely voters described themselves as “cool” on the president’s health-care plan, against just 34 percent were “warm.” When it came to the president’s economic plan, 35 percent were warm against 49 percent cool. The findings are consistent with other national surveys, which show the health-care plan currently under debate to be widely unpopular.

The survey also confirms the continued deterioration of the standing of Democrat House incumbents. In a comparable Democracy Corps survey conducted last August, likely voters had a warm attitude toward their incumbent House Democrat by a margin of 18 points. For Republicans incumbents, the number was 16. In the current survey by contrast, likely voters gave their Republican incumbent a 19-point edge, while Democrats slipped to 11 points. That’s a shift of 10 percentage points in the relative standing of the two parties in a little more than 4 months.
Read the survey at Democracy Corps here.

Not looking good for the Obamaites.



The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.