I’m listening to Barney Frank talking with Rachel Maddow recently, and he admitted his controversial remarks were said when he was still in a bad mood.
(However, he was either in denial about Republican Party discipline, when asked about it, or speaking facetiously of the pressures faced by Republican centrists.)
How far down the food chain do you think I am, to get back some of my podcast fee when AAR is liquidated? I’ll probably end up needing it to pay for Randi Rhodes podcasts.
(Actually, since Randi Rhodes is associated with a regular network that carries some of the right-wing blowhards, too, paying for service wouldn’t be ethically virtuous in the same way.)
Oh, and Barney Frank said that they are looking at dealing with the campaign finance fiasco by changing corporate law.
I say just eliminate corporations completely, and turn them all into shmorporations.
Randi Rhodes and Jonathan Turley just had a really interesting discussion about the Supreme Court ruling. I missed the beginning, unfortunately. It was a real back and forth, because Randi was upset by the bill, in the usual way (Mike Malloy called it the end of the democratic experiment, on his website, but he would say that if the milkman missed a delivery and there were nothing better to talk about on the show); Turley, a civil rights libertarian, seemed generally pleased with the outcome, although he would have written the opinion differently.
Anyway, it was interesting. I somewhat agree with Turley that campaign finance control is not sufficiently effective and so recovering what was lost is not a great approach; and I agree that whether personhood of public corporations should include First Amendment rights would be a worthwhile debate. (Randi had raised the question.) Personally, I think getting rid of those rights would be a good idea, but we still would have to deal with super-rich individuals. My personal, radical solution would be regulations on the use of accumulated wealth – a ‘use it or lose it’ rule for which campaign spending is not considered a ‘use’ – but we know that isn’t going to happen anytime soon, so I’m punting the question.