HIGHTOWER: Mitch's De-Form

He's baaack. The Gooberhead who keeps on coming [Beanicap Breakdown].This fellow's always got his mouth running ... but never can seem to get his brain in gear, which is why he's such a frequent winner of Hightower Radio's "Gooberhead Award."He's Mitch McConnell, and believe it or not, this doofus is a United States Senator! Old Mitch's chief activity is to go merrily down the legislative road killing campaign finance reform. Even the milquetoast reforms proposed in the McCain-Feingold bill were too stout for this Kentucky Republican, who promised when it was introduced, "I'll kill it."Indeed he and his cohorts did, but now he's out to rip-up the few campaign financing rules already in place. He recently introduced legislation to increase the legal amount of corrupting money that individuals can give to a candidate -- increase it tenfold, from $2,000 to $20,000.Mitch says that campaign donors need to be able to give more to candidates because money equals "political communication," and the more of that the merrier. Isn't that a convenient rationalization for a Senator who just happens to be the current chairman of one of the major fundraising arms of the Republican Party? He's not raising money from special interests, you see ... he's just inviting more "political communication," wanting to extend democracy by letting the people express themselves to the tune of $20,000 each.[Reverb] Earth to Mitch. Twenty thousand dollars is more than what a third of Americans make each year. And if he thinks the present $2,000 limit is too confining for folks, he might ruminate on the fact that only one-quarter of one-percent of Americans give as much as $200 in elections.This is Jim Hightower saying ... Mitch's de-form is a slap in the face to the 99.9 percent of Americans who can't afford to buy any of this so-called "political communication."Source:"McConnell introduces own campaign proposal" by Robert Schlesinger. The Hill: Nov. 12, 1997.


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