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Supreme Court Ruling Constitutes Abuse of Democracy | DomeMagazine.com

In buying elections, Campaign Finance, Donors, Get the Ca$h, ideology on February 13, 2010 at 10:16 pm
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When he mouthed, “Not True” during Obama’s State of the Union Address, Justice Alito, one of 5 to vote away funding caps by corporations, took a definate partisan stance.  Read more about the ruling here: Supreme Court Ruling Constitutes Abuse of Democracy | DomeMagazine.com.

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George Bush Half-Truths to Control Courts: Discussions Medical Liability Reform | Political Video | George W. Bush Video Archive

In broken tort reform, debunking the myth, medical malpractice on December 11, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Ahh, the good ole days when boys who owned wanna-be ranches were able to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes:  sure there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, read-my-lips-no taxes, tort reform will save the economy, health care costs will be lowered by preventing injured people from being able to go to court…  Scary bedtime stories, no?  Well, seems Bush really was a true believer, or at least he seemed to believe everything he said.  Too bad no one else does anymore…  For those of you who don’t believe me, check out the creepy video below.  Can anyone give a shout-out to the white supremacist look-alikes in the crowd here?  That ought to tell you a bit about this clip before you even start. (Cause every good ole white boy knows that the women, poor, injured and ethnic minorities have no place in the courts, big ole important places where the “real” business is done right?)

Is this a KKK rally?  Just curious.

Based on a tip from Tom Baker’s book The Medical Malpractice Myth,” I found some video of then President Bush (43) arguing the following:

Many of the costs that we’re talking about don’t start in an examining room or an operating room. They start in a courtroom. (Applause.) What’s happening all across this country is that lawyers are filing baseless suits against hospitals and doctors. That’s just a plain fact. (Applause.) And they’re doing it for a simple reason. They know the medical liability system is tilted in their favor. (Applause.) Jury awards in medical liability cases have skyrocketed in recent years. That means every claim filed by a personal injury lawyer brings the chance of a huge payoff or a profitable settlement out of court. That’s what that means. Doctors and hospitals realize this. They know it’s expensive to fight a lawsuit, even if it doesn’t have any merit. And because the system is so unpredictable, there is a constant risk of being hit by a massive jury award. So doctors end up paying tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to settle claims out of court, even when they know they have done nothing wrong.

He was, as we shall see, exactly, oppositely wrong.

For live footage, click the following: George Bush Discusses Medical Liability Reform | Political Video | George W. Bush Video Archive.

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The Methods: get your ideas out–editorials

In buying elections, Campaign Finance, Get the Ca$h, ideology, Think tank on December 2, 2009 at 3:49 am

Once you have identified your friends (think tanks, special interests groups, etc.), let them get your agenda out in front of the voting public.  Like the guy at the right, James M. Hohman, who works for the Mackinac Center for Policy (advocates of “free markets”–whatever that may be other than very conservative, Glenn Beck-esque ideologies).  His job/bio, as stated on the center’s web site, reads as such:

James M. Hohman is a fiscal policy analyst with the Mackinac Center’s fiscal policy initiative. He holds a degree in economics from Northwood University in Midland, Mich.

Part of his duties as a “fiscal policy analyst” is to write policy papers (like this one where he argues that Michigan’s economic crisis is not tied to the automaker’s decline–he fails to note to what it is tied–but the tax system is working just fine).   Once a paper is written, it is posted to the center’s web site (like this one: Site Selection, Jennifer Granholm [Mackinac Center]).

The article, though, lives on in other forms.  For instance, that very same article appears as an editorial in the small town newspaper The Big Rapids Pioneer in their News and Opinions page.  Couched as an editorial, this position paper now commands, at least for some readers, the respect of a newspaper’s editorial blessing.

If you, with your agenda, can pull this off often enough, your message, like a drum-beat, will be heard often, with tacitly coded authority granted just by being printed in the editorial page of the local newspaper.  For many voters, those who read and think about things, this may be enough to slide them to your position.

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