July 17th, 2012
By Robert Sexton -- The Senate failed to pass the campaign contribution bill today -- because no Republican voted in favor of the bill.
Republicans do not believe that millionaires and billionaires who are trying to use the Supreme Court Citizens United ruling to influence and potentially buy or corrupt the political process in America should not have to reveal which candidates they are contributing money to, how much, and when they contributed it -- so that the American people can see who is influencing candidates before they go to the polls to choose their elected officials.
If Republicans hate government, want to reduce it, eliminate it -- "shrink it down to a size small enough they can drown it in a bath-tub", as
Grover Norquist infamously said at one point some years ago -- then why do they even run for office in the first place. And even more to the point -- why do the American people keep electing people to do a job they hate, say they don't think should even exist -- and consequently are to terrible at when they do seize power. That is the American mystery for all time.
But the GOP en masse vote against transparency and campaign disclosure in the Senate today created a new ring in the every-expanding concentric circle of shame that the Republicans have become so known for since Obama was elected.
For years these hypocrites Republicans have been vehemently fighting against all forms of real campaign reform, saying that all we really needed was transparency -- so Americans would know who was contributing to whom and how much -- and when. A "little sunshine, that's all". That's all we need. A little more sunshine and we will be just fine. That way the rich and super rich could spend mind-boggling sums of money trying to influence elections with their great wealth -- and the American voter will know who is doing it and who is benefiting from the contributions -- then they can make their decisions accordingly when it comes time to vote.
So it was particularly revealing that after all the crying and hand-wringing on the part of the Republicans for years that all we need was a little sunlight on the subject of money -
- when the chance to do just what they have been clamoring was the "real" solution to campaign financing reform -- they balked -- and not a single Republican voted in favor of the bill.
The only significant question that remains is -- when will the American people wake up and throw these whining, obstructionist, hypocrite government hating,
"do-nothing" GOP Congressmen and Senators out of office -- and elect people who actually believe in government and care about the middle class workers and America? Throw the bums out -- the morally bankrupt pretenders who vote "no" on sensible, common-sense legislation to provide election transparency -- even if it destroys the middle-class and working poor of America -- and potentially destroy American democracy itself.