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Nights of Cabiria

This is dedicated to Karl Rove, Mitt Romney, Reince Priebus, and all those lovely Republicans who are just looking for billionaire boys money.  Like the character in Felini’s Nights of Cabiria, from which Sweet Charitywas derived, it’s about prostitutes.

They’re quite good at it, reaching the point were you can no longer call them cheap whores.  They’re taking in too much money from their pandering and adoring Sugar Daddies who don’t give a damn about the country.  All they care about is buying power and access to power.

One wonders just how someone like Mitt Romney will perform for them if he were to be elected POTUS.    Does he jump when they call and sell out the entire country for his billionaire pimps?  Or, might he have a moment of conscience and do what is best for the nation?

Big Spender
The minute you walked in the joint
I could see you were a man of distinction
A real big spender
Good looking, so refined
Say wouldn’t you like to know what’s going on in my mind?

So let me get right to the point
I don’t pop my cork for every guy I see
Hey, big spender!
spend a little time with me

Do you wanna have fun, fun, fun?
How’s about a few laughs, laughs?
I can show you a good time
Let me show you a good time

Hey big spender!
Hey big spender!

The minute you walked in the joint
I could see you were a man of distinction
A real big spender
Good looking, so refined
Say wouldn’t you like to know what’s going on in my mind?

So let me get right to the point
I don’t pop my cork for every guy I see
Hey, big spender!
Hey, big spender!
Hey, big spender!
Spend a little time with me
Cy Coleman & Dorothy Fields

Buddy Roemer just about pegged it when he dropped out on Thursday.

From Raw Story:

“…“America is a nation at risk,” Roemer said. “Job prospects are inadequate. Trade is neither smart nor fair. The tax code is unreadable and, I say, un-American. The budget is unsustainable. Small business must be re-vitalized. Energy has no strategy. Healthcare is not healthy. Banks are still too big to fail, and comprehensive immigration reform is a fantasy.”

“We can turn all these problems into opportunities, but we must begin our battle with the special interests who are content with the status quo,” he added. “They don’t want change. They spend billions to keep their control. They own our political system.”

Roemer had made campaign finance reform central to his campaign. He vowed to only accept campaign contributions under $100, and refused all corporate and lobbyist money. Roemer had criticized both the parties for being unduly influenced by the campaign contributions of special interest groups.

“Look at the facts,” he explained. “Ninety-eight percent of the electorate does not give a penny to presidential or congressional campaigns. The money comes from Wall Street banks, corporate PACs, the labor union coffers, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, Big Oil, military defense contractors, miscellaneous PACs, Super PACs and the lobbyists.”…”

Republicans have learned to prostitute themselves for money even better than the Democrats have.  It’s not a badge of honor I would care to have pinned on my Brooks Brother’s lapel.  Then again, I’m not a whore.  I don’t vote for or support whores, either.  I prefer people with honor.

History is full of whores who have had great honor and have “done the right” thing.  Somehow I don’t think you can put Mitt Romney, Karl Rove, Reince Priebus, Eric Cantor, and the rest of their adorable little friends in that category.

They are starting to give politicians a bad name!

The Hill

 ”…Stevens noted that Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion did not explicitly address the possibility that the decision could open up the floodgates for foreign entities to bankroll U.S. elections. It’s a notion that President Obama warned of in his 2010 State of the Union, prompting Justice Samuel Alito to famously shake his head and mouth “not true.”

When the justices carve out that exception, argued Stevens, they will “create a crack in the foundation of the Citizens United majority opinion.”

“[T]he Court must then explain its abandonment of, or at least qualify its reliance upon, proposition that the identity of the speaker is an impermissible basis for regulating campaign speech,” Stevens said Wednesday night, according to prepared remarks. “It will be necessary to explain why the First Amendment provides greater protection to the campaign speech of some non-voters than to that of other non-voters.”

Stevens — who received the Presidential Medal Of Freedom one day before his speech — argued that a later decision to circumscribe First Amendment rights when political speech benefits terrorist organizations reveals a potentially fatal flaw in the premise of Citizens United. “I think it necessarily follows that such speech made or financed by the terrorist organization itself would receive no constitutional protection,” he said.

Once that distinction is made, the Ford-appointed justice continued, it would bring a core pillar of Citizens United back into question. If foreign entities are barred from bankrolling U.S. elections, then the court is conceding that “the identity of some speakers may provide a legally acceptable basis for restricting speech.”…”

 

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