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Money's corruption of politics to be theme of talk

Original post made on Feb 6, 2013

The corrupting threat of money to America's democracy will be the theme of a talk by former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold this Saturday, Feb. 9.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 9:00 AM


Posted by Lorin, a resident of Professorville
on Feb 6, 2013 at 10:31 am

It's about time someone with the populaces' power addressed this issue. Money talks and the people walk

Posted by It's-Bush's-Fault, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2013 at 10:53 am

What--a politician who is not claiming: "It's Bush's fault?"


Posted by Steve, a resident of Menlo Park
on Feb 6, 2013 at 10:59 am

A bit touchy aren't we?

Posted by David Pepperdine, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2013 at 11:22 am

He didn't claim it was Bush's fault. Neither did he claim that the earth is not flat. Both are obvious.

Posted by ohwell, a resident of Community Center
on Feb 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Is it something about the corruptions that we don't know of??? We live with them everyday.

Posted by A Noun Ea Mus, a resident of Professorville
on Feb 6, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Actually part of it is, in a way, GW Bush's fault. He appointed Alito to the Supreme Court (after Harriet was floated).

Good article on why the Supreme Court (some of them anyway) should be basically regarded as criminals. Written by Prosecutor Bugliosi (author of Helter Skeleter)

Web Link

Posted by Silly, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm

You want "big money" in politics? We give "religious" organizations $71 BILLION in tax exemptions each and every year yet they continue to lobby against women's rights, gay right etc. Revoke their tax exemptions.

Posted by Rights?, a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm

What about babies' rights to life?

What about children's rights to have one parent of each sex?

Don't these groups have any rights? Don't they have the right to have responsible adults speaking up for them and their rights?

Posted by George, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2013 at 3:15 pm

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Posted by Piney V, a resident of Meadow Park
on Feb 6, 2013 at 3:18 pm

"What about children's rights to have one parent of each sex?"

Gotta admit, that one's a first.

What the heck are you talking about? If that's a right (for what ungodly reason you say it is) what about a baby's right to loving parents? A clean pacifier? A gun?


We're ruled by the great constitution, not your book of fables.

Posted by Gunn Class of 67, a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Feb 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Big Money? How about Google's initial Moffett Field lease of
69,737 sq.' including hangar 1 for $57,575/mo? No NNN - no taxes on land as gov owned.

Guestimate from observation may be inaccurate but here goes.
NASA's repeated public statements to excess Moffett have gone silent. Airship Venture (Zeppelin) closed down - their 1/13 facilities auction demonstrated Google's confidence in NASA partnership. Google's newly announced 1M Sq' new construction at Moffett - only legal by federal code if in partnership with NASA.
Newly announced outer space internet must be qualifier. So here we are subsidizing Google's Double Irish/Bahamian (legal) tax strategies - additionally providing land producing no property tax; and Google exec calls it the Democratic Way. Disappointing to see this stuff going on.
Google individuals and execs were major election donors; economic policy advisers were SV VC's who design these tax strategies and offshore jobs.
Impact on much needed tax revenues for Santa Clara County infrastructure is devastating - NASA/Google will generate no property tax. Corporate tax strategy will further deplete the county.

Expect post will vanish for objectionable content. Transparency in government?

Posted by Anecdote Annie, a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm

The corruption trickles down to all levels. Who wouldn't do almost anything for money, especially cash? Look at the real estate market in Palo Alto now, for example.

Bush's dad sold government buildings to the Japanese for money. God knows what Obama is selling to the Chinese to pay off our national debt.

Posted by Piney V, a resident of Meadow Park
on Feb 7, 2013 at 4:38 pm

"God knows what Obama is selling to the Chinese..."

Treasuries, actually. You can look it up.

Posted by Linda, a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Apr 9, 2014 at 4:42 am

State representatives of the country are completely responsible for its wealth and development. They should be the first who guarantee and provide honesty, intelligences and order. They create the law, ensure economic development, provide social security and Web Link loans without checking account.

Posted by Ed, a resident of Esther Clark Park
6 hours ago

Honesty and accountability is a must for those in public office when it comes to the spending of public funds. There are so many stories these days of the misuse of public office in these areas. Sometimes it's better to reply on private funds such as Web Link for reliability.