Comments on: Teddy Roosevelt v. Citizens United http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/2014/10/16/you-can-take-money-out-of-politics-and-teddy-roosevelt-did/ Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:41:14 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: SunnyDaySam http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/2014/10/16/you-can-take-money-out-of-politics-and-teddy-roosevelt-did/#comment-396 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:44:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/?p=78#comment-396 I’ve often wondered what TR would think of today’s GOP. It’s gone so far right-wing extreme, he wouldn’t even recognize it. btw; the ‘trusts’, which are the mega banks and Big Corporations, got TR on the ballot for VP because of his popularity and because the VP position was supposedly a dead-end for him. Imagine their shock when he became President. The ‘trust buster’ went to work on the big money. He is also responsible for most of our national parks. Here in WA we even have a species of Elk named after him.

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By: eddieroo http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/2014/10/16/you-can-take-money-out-of-politics-and-teddy-roosevelt-did/#comment-393 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:48:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/?p=78#comment-393 Today, midterms seem to be the “angry push-back” elections. When the poulation feels it’s being snookered by those in power, they are going to throw every voting “wrench” into the machine to stop it.

Furthermore, voters from the last century did not have the constant information flow that today’s voter has. Life and information were “slower”, and voters could concentrate more on principles and ideas, as opposed to the newest gaffe-soundbite ping-pong matches that we have in our 24-hour-media political culture. One day, everyone LOVES Barack Obama, the next day, they hate him. One day, Sarah Palin knocks it “out of the park” with a speech, then she can’t tell a news reporter what the Bush Doctrine is… Today’s media has created the tepid voter; who can a voter support/trust without feeling “buyer’s remorse” later?

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By: Yaakovweeeeeee http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/2014/10/16/you-can-take-money-out-of-politics-and-teddy-roosevelt-did/#comment-389 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:23:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/?p=78#comment-389 Sometimes there is no one to vote for. As a lifelong conservative, I considered the 2008 presidential election. McCain is simply a politician, like Kerry, he has no real values, he just likes power and follows the polls to figure out what to believe. I had my choice between McCain and Obama, which was a choice between a weathervane and an incompetent. Nowadays when 55%-45% is considered a landslide and a mandate, I hesitate to give anyone in the political landscape my approval. Amendments, initiatives, and referendums will be overturned by the overly politicized courts on spurious grounds anyway.

Conversely not voting can be seen as a positive vote for “none of the above”. The bumpersticker that will probably adorn my car is “DON’T VOTE, IT JUST ENCOURAGES THE BUMS”.

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By: johojo37601 http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/2014/10/16/you-can-take-money-out-of-politics-and-teddy-roosevelt-did/#comment-388 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:59:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/?p=78#comment-388 The Republican and Democratic parties are opposite sides of the same coin. And that coin is rolling in the wrong direction. When a viable Independent emerges I will go down to the polls and cast my vote. Until then our fortunes swing back and forth among ridiculously narrow opportunities.

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By: Bernie777 http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/2014/10/16/you-can-take-money-out-of-politics-and-teddy-roosevelt-did/#comment-387 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:29:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/?p=78#comment-387 It had better be someone the racists in this country will accept!

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By: AZWarrior http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/2014/10/16/you-can-take-money-out-of-politics-and-teddy-roosevelt-did/#comment-386 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:27:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/?p=78#comment-386 A growing number of Americans don’t really want freedom as that makes one solely esponsible for their actions, success or failure. They subconsciously know that they are more likely to fail than succeed in life and want to keep growing the Federal and State Government provided “safety nets”. Of course they expect “the rich” to fund it all. Since the rich hold a disproportionate amount of control over the legislative process, and the working classes can only pay for a portion of what they demand, the government borrows money to be paid at some nebulous future date that never comes. Hence,the Federal Reserve prints money like our prosperity ddepends on (because it does). It is all fun and games until the ccurrency collapses. A modern Teddy Roosevelt is unelectable in today’s America.

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By: harrykrishna http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/2014/10/16/you-can-take-money-out-of-politics-and-teddy-roosevelt-did/#comment-385 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:41:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/?p=78#comment-385 at most, things will get a little bit worse

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By: kabscorner http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/2014/10/16/you-can-take-money-out-of-politics-and-teddy-roosevelt-did/#comment-384 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:33:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/?p=78#comment-384 I nominate retired General Honore. He is one straight talking individual with a common sense approach to so many of the problems facing our nation. He is a man who smokes his cigar in public and says the hell with political correctness. He is the sort of leader that one can trust to do the right thing instead of playing political games.

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By: MossyMorse1118 http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/2014/10/16/you-can-take-money-out-of-politics-and-teddy-roosevelt-did/#comment-383 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:49:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/?p=78#comment-383 “McKinley was able to raise $3.5 million that way in 1896. Calculations of the current value of old money are notoriously squishy, but the equivalent in economic power today would be well north of $1 billion and, in any case, far more money per ballot than was ever spent before or since.”
$1 billion? Well , calculating the current value of old money can indeed be squishy, but 3.5 million in 1896 dollars would probably be closer to upwards of $125 million rather than “north of $1 billion” today, even allowing for the long economic depression that ran from 1876 to 1896.
It’s far simpler to talk about the buying power of the dollar in simple comparative terms, such as the month’s pay of a US Army Captain then and now, or the price of 5 pounds of potatoes in St Louis or Atlanta or the cost of a pair of men’s shoes in Brooks Brothers then and now.

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By: ppellico http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/2014/10/16/you-can-take-money-out-of-politics-and-teddy-roosevelt-did/#comment-381 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:44:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/?p=78#comment-381 The reason to ask people to vote simply because they have the right or duty to do so is insane.
It would be far, far worse to get uninformed voters participating than if they would sit the vote out. IF you are to vote, then it is equally your duty to vote well. It is a responsible, informed voter that would help the nation…not one simply voting as a bus load of robots filling our ballots as requested by union, local ministers or newspapers.

Our nation is in the shape we are today because WE voted these leaders in. What we have today is the result of voters voting their pocketbooks and NOT what leaders are Teddy Roosevelt.

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