Monday, June 21, 2010

Well-armed cowards

Democrats in the U.S. House are trying to impose tougher disclosure requirements on money spent on political advertising, but the effort has ground to a halt after opposition arose regarding a loophole that affects the NRA and other large organizations. The bill is a response to a Supreme Court decision that allows corporations and unions to pour money into political campaigns, but of course lawmakers couldn't allow the measure to apply equally to everyone. There's reportedly a loophole for labor unions, which almost always support Democrats, and then Democratic leaders bowed to pressure on behalf of the NRA, further gutting the potential effects of the legislation. Certainly, we can't have a system in which we know who is trying to buy elections and put lawmakers into their hip pockets. The NRA, according to a recent AP story, claimed that the original measure was a "threat to its freedom of speech." Bull#$%@. It's just a threat to the NRA's ability to influence elections under the cover of darkness, like the Wizard of Oz hiding behind a curtain. Who would have thought that people with all those gun could be such cowards.

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