FBN Intel Report Trish Regan – Democrats and John Lewis Inauguration

During my weekly appearance on Fox Business Network’s Intelligence Report with Trish Regan… I discussed the 58 Democrat Representatives boycotting Donald J. Trump’s inauguration on January 20th. Specifically I addressed Rep. John Lewis.

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Money Corrupts Politics and the Left is Possibly Worse Than The Right

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The media, particularly the left, keep telling us the Koch brothers are what is destroying America with money in politics. Yet here we have a Democrat, Tom Steyer, that is singlehandedly closing the gap with a $50 million war-chest to attack Republicans. Add in the unions and the Koch brothers are small-time.

Depending on how you measure, the Koch brothers spent $39 million in the 2012 elections. Add in their extended network of businesses, friends, associates, et cetera and that number balloons to $490 million according to PolitiFact.

The unions, according to PolitiFact and The Huffington Post, spent up to $1.7 billion in the 2012 elections and lobbying.

Basic math says that 1.7 billion (union spending) is more than 490 million (entire Koch network).

According to OpenSecrets.org this is the breakdown of money in 2014, and you can clearly see that money apparently corrupts Democrats more than Republicans:

Total Raised Total Spent Cash on Hand Debts
Democratic Party $409,979,764 $299,203,635 $84,192,958 $15,847,651
Republican Party $315,899,997 $264,969,148 $76,147,210 $1,987,309
Democratic National Cmte $91,909,513 $86,534,041 $10,334,717 $14,125,405
Republican National Cmte $105,991,576 $99,180,379 $13,031,082 $0
Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte $99,420,682 $60,669,018 $40,239,885 $0
National Republican Congressional Cmte $81,706,152 $52,093,966 $31,146,797 $0
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte $74,074,362 $53,662,738 $22,221,584 $0
National Republican Senatorial Cmte $53,146,828 $40,659,255 $15,868,362 $0

NOTE: All the numbers in this table are for the 2014 election cycle and based on
Federal Election Commission data released on May 21, 2014.

Money is NOT speech. Corporations, unions, and non-persons should NOT be able to participate in political campaigns, only individuals.

How about we change the laws that campaign limits apply to Social Security Numbers and nobody else can donate? That is the way to protect our country from the corruption of money in politics.

Revolutionary idea, I know. Just a thought as we all deal with the frustrations of watching our country convulse under the weight of special interest money and election campaigns.

Hey Rachel, Is This Really A Republican Problem?

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When did the Electoral College become a partisan issue?

We all know that Rachel Maddow is liberal and that is her prerogative, fine. What I have an issue with is her show’s blatant partisan painting of what, at its heart, is an issue that needs addressing.

Her show’s blog screams a scary headline at us, “If you can’t win elections, rig them.” Whoa! Rigging elections is serious business and a serious charge.

If Republicans are rigging elections, give me a pitchfork and torch! I will gladly join in the prosecution, except that isn’t the case at all.

Republicans in five states: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Ohio, are trying to change electoral vote allocation from winner takes all to proportional. That means if there are ten electoral votes to be had and the Democratic candidate got 50% of the vote, the Republican candidate received 40% of the vote, and an independent was favored by 10% of the voters, the Democrat would get five electoral votes, the Republican four electoral votes, and the independent one. In those states today, the Democrat would get all ten electoral votes.

Keep in mind that two states have had a long-standing proportional allocation of electoral votes, Nebraska and Maine. Is she blaming Republicans for those states’ long standing method?

Plus we should abolish the Electoral College anyway and have a popular vote. The reasons for the Electoral College no longer apply since we don’t ride horses from New York to Connecticut anymore. The founding fathers were concerned about candidates spending all their time in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia and wanted to encourage campaigning in the smaller states too.

According to the National Archives: “The Electoral College is a process, not a place. The founding fathers established it in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.”

I am tired of presidential candidates spending all of their time in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Ohio because of their perceived importance for Electoral College votes. The biggest states, California, Texas, and New York, are completely ignored since they are sure-wins for candidates.

It is high time for a constitutional amendment abolishing the Electoral College entirely and putting in place a popular vote for president. And Rachel Maddow needs to see the light of how her partisan approach to this issue obfuscates the truth at hand.