I know I am not always on top of current events. Thank goodness for my husband and blogs like Momma Political for keeping me updated on the latest and greatest on topics concerning our country. My latest update really bothered me. The conversation was about the Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United. Why does this bother me and why should we care? Grab a cup of coffee and settle in with me for a few minutes while I attempt to explain what troubles me.
Basically, in Mommy speak, big corporations are now allowed to donate as much money as they want to campaigns and be considered an individual. Why should this bother us? Because you, and me, our neighbor down the street and all our friends are individuals. Do we have money like big corporations? No. So if we decide we like candidate X and want to contribute $20 for the cause, the Big Cs can donate as much money as they want for their candidate and be apart of the election process. But here's a hard kick to the shin, big corporations aren't necessarily AMERICAN corporations! There are many other reasons that bother me about this topic, but we'll take it one step at a time.
I need a refill.
In the news today, President Obama is asking that there be at least some transparency for this bill. To let the American people know who donates to whom and how much, is there anything wrong with that? Well, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell thinks so, and he is quoted by the Associated Press, "By focusing on that partisan effort to rig the fall elections rather than the stagnant economy, Democrats are proving once again that the jobs they care about most are their own," said McConnell "It's a transparent effort to help themselves ahead of an election in which they clearly can't run on their record."
Wow. The President is now rigging elections because he wants Americans to know where candidates get their money. Wow.
Okay, I'm up to date for now. I hope you are too.