Cleveland citizens decry impact of Citizens United case at first Democracy Day hearing

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Hearing prompts calls to curb corporate campaign influence

By Robert Higgs, cleveland.com

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/05/cleveland_citizens_decry_impac.html#incart_river_home

Cleveland initiative opposing Citizens United should have gone to city voters: Lois Romanoff and Chris Stocking (Opinion)

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Great piece posted on cleveland.com…

I offered many reflections in the comments section at the end.

http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/03/cleveland_democracy_day_is_wel.html#incart_river_home

Gorsuch’s ruling should disqualify him: Letter to the Editor

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February 16, 2017 at 12:27 PM, updated February 16, 2017 at 12:28 PM
http://www.cleveland.com/letters/index.ssf/2017/02/gorsuch_letter_to_the_editor.html#incart_river_index

While on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch ruled in the 2014 Hobby Lobby case that a corporation, not its owners but the corporation itself, has religious beliefs and rights. The eventual decision allowed the corporation to avoid providing insurance to cover contraceptive costs for its employees. Besides being a classic case of judicial activism, it’s simply ludicrous.

Corporations are artificial legal creations of government. They were not intended to have inalienable constitutional rights — including First Amendment religious rights. Corporations are corporations and people are people.

Gorsuch claims that judges should interpret the words of the Constitution at the time they were written. Corporations were not mentioned in the First Amendment or anywhere else in the Constitution.

As such, Gorsuch has disqualified himself from confirmation.

Greg Coleridge, Director
Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee

Cleveland Hts.

Tom Price is Costly to Democracy

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Tell Senators Rob Portman (202-224-3353) and Sherrod Brown (1-888-896-6446) to oppose the nomination of Tom Price as Health and Human Services Secretary.

Tom Price purchased stock last June at a special privileged discount from a biomedical corporation, Innate Immunotherapeutics, according to the Wall Street Journal. This was contrary to his testimony during his confirmation hearing. Price sits on the House Ways and Means Committee’s health subcommittee, which is responsible for passing laws and regulations related to the medical industry.

In a separate investment, Price bought between $1,001 and $15,000 in shares of Zimmer Biomet, a medical device maker. A week later, he introduced legislation financially benefiting the company. The bill, the 21st Century Cures Act, became law.

This is pay-to-play political corruption through and through — something candidate Trump said he opposed. Price’s actions are costly to not only health care but to what’s left of our democracy. Price is not right to oversee the federal agency concerning health care and the health care industry.

Yet another example among 1000s of the use of big money from wealthy individuals and/or corporations seeking to capture the political system for their own ends — and why we need the We the People Amendment to the Constitution.

#EndCorporateRule #CorporateRule #Democracy #WeThePeopleAmendment #MovetoAmend

Neil Gorsuch supports corporate religious “rights”

April 1, 2014

While on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch ruled in 2014 that a corporation, not its owners but the corporation itself, has religious beliefs and rights. The decision allowed the corporation to avoid providing insurance to cover contraceptive costs for its employees. Besides being a classic case of judicial activism, it’s simply insane.

Corporations are artificial legal creations of government. They were not intended to have inalienable constitutional rights — including First Amendment religious rights. His nomination should be strongly opposed. Corporations are corporations and people are people.