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Poly & Phil Cafe Discussion - Political Campaign Spending

Three years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled on the Citizens United case that corporations and labor unions could give unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns.  Some will say this has led to more political corruption and contributed to the dysfunction of the US Congress. For this meeting we will hear a presentation from a member who wants to argue the need to have a constitutional convention to try to deal with this. Maybe you have a different view of this issue and believe that this Supreme Court ruling is justified. Whatever your view, you are invited to come by and join this debate.

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  • Craig D.

    thanks to James Forbes for the presentation and spending additional time to answer our questions. We also appreciate James McLoud for spending time with us participating in our further discussions.

    January 26, 2014

  • Craig D.

    Thank you James Forbes, for the presentation. And thanks to Shane for sticking around to participate in further discussion and sharing with us your point of view.

    January 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    As enlightening as this sounds, I'm going to skip this get together. I am still recuperating from the flu and would like to be top-fit for a full week of work next week.

    January 24, 2014

  • Craig D.

    excellent start! Seems I have a lot to learn!

    January 23, 2014

  • Rainer M

    Part 1
    It is important in a democracy that its policy makers are unbiased, independent, and free.
    In order to guarantee the independence and freedom, the policymakers (= the elected politicians) should not be in a vulnerable position of need.
    Hence, it is in the interest of any free democratic society to only elect the richest of its members into public office.
    However, it is a well-known sad fact that not every rich movie star, action figure, or business man has the interest and/or the time to dedicate himself to selflessly serve the public. To be continued.

    January 22, 2014

    • Rainer M

      Part 2
      For that very reason, a philanthropic body was instituted with the sole purpose to immerse the politicians in need with money and other instruments of wealth in order to guarantee their unbiased independence. This philanthropic body is known by the name of “Lobby”.
      The Lobbyists, in turn, are generously supported by a body of private, corporate and union sponsors who wish to contribute to the ideal principles of selfless philanthropy. I'm looking forward to an interesting conversation on Saturday.

      1 · January 22, 2014

  • Royanne M.

    I am looking forward to this discussion

    January 16, 2014

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