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Posted: 5/19/2012 8:16:58 PM
But wants the average taxpayers to give him $300 million to make improvements on Wrigley Field.

It sounds pretty hypocritical.  The GOP Supreme Court Ruling Citizen's United created this opportunity for corporations to drown out any opposition from average citizens of the US.

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Posted: 5/19/2012 8:17:56 PM

By Bill Liesse

Joe Ricketts' political action plans should give us all a greater appreciation of John McCain.

Mr. Ricketts unwittingly rocked the political world Thursday when the New York Times revealed his super PAC's plans to effectively sabotage the Democratic National Convention in September. At the center of the plan – yet to be finalized and ultimately subject to Mr. Ricketts' approval – are television ads revisiting President Obama's relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

It's virtually impossible to count the strategic holes in “The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama: The Ricketts Plan to End His Spending for Good.” Let's just say the Chicago Cubs' bullpen looks like a Wrigley Field brick wall by comparison.

Mr. Ricketts, of course, is the patriarch of the family that owns the Cubs. That the family includes daughter Laura, a key fund-raising figure in the Obama re-election campaign, is but a small irony here, a seeing-eye single amid a barrage of extra-base inconsistencies and hypocritical home runs.

The big blow, of course, is that Mr. Ricketts is going after Chicago's favorite son while his family asks Chicagoans to pony up for improvements to Wrigley. Crain's columnist Greg Hinz outlined the project's costs, and the family's bond and tax-break requests, late last month.

No, you're not confusing things. The Ricketts family wants you to help fix Wrigley, and to do so requires the blessing of former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. And the family patriarch has a super PAC called Ending Spending Action Fund, and its proposal says, effectively, America doesn't hate President Obama enough.

According to Thursday's Times story, the 53-page document “lament(s) that voters ‘still aren't ready to hate this president,' " and Mr. Ricketts is upset with Mr. McCain for nixing an inflammatory Wright ad in 2008. “If the nation had seen that ad,” the Times quotes Mr. Ricketts as saying in the proposal, “they'd never have elected Barack Obama.”

Lest we conclude that Mr. Ricketts is this wantonly tone-deaf or arrogant, he did react quickly Thursday to the massive strategic blunder that is this document's leak. Mr. Ricketts retreated via a statement from his camp that said, in part, “(this proposal) reflects an approach to politics that Mr. Ricketts rejects.”

According to CNN, the statement concluded that the idea to run the Rev. Wright ads has been rejected.

Which brings us back to Mr. McCain. Maybe the 2008 Republican nominee isn't “a crusty old politician who often seemed confused,” as the super PAC's attack plan indicated.

Maybe the longtime Arizona senator had the foresight and political acumen to know what it took an embarrassing leak for Mr. Ricketts to see: That attacks on character, on either side, do little but lather up voters you already have locked up. And they can have a reverse effect, causing resentment among those of us in the forgotten political middle.

And just maybe, the nation's interests were better served before the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court in 2010, which overturned much of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, commonly known as the McCain-Feingold Bill.

Because maybe, just maybe, unfettered spending by the founder and former CEO of TD Ameritrade has more to do with enabling the privatization of Social Security than it has to do with Jeremiah Wright's views on race.

Bill Liesse is a sports blogger and the former sports editor of the Arizona Daily Sun, Las Vegas Sun and Peoria Journal Star. His journalism awards include the Journal Star being named Illinois' best sports section in 2009. The 1987 University of Illinois graduate resides in Peoria with his wife, Leaann, and their four children.


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Posted: 5/19/2012 8:21:24 PM
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thanks for posting the text... I started to read it that then got distracted with that naked woman showing some side boob dancing for the art institute benefit... clicked on that story and was disappointed...

you might be interested also in the art institute a "private" education business and how the money is structured and where it all goes in the end...
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Posted: 5/19/2012 8:30:31 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by dl36:

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thanks for posting the text... I started to read it that then got distracted with that naked woman showing some side boob dancing for the art institute benefit... clicked on that story and was disappointed...

you might be interested also in the art institute a "private" education business and how the money is structured and where it all goes in the end...




These corporate pigs attack the middle class, teachers, public employees, union members, middle class pensions through their lavish financing of Super Pacs.  These corporate vultures lobby for tax cuts to the rich and no rules for Wall Street or banks, while simultaneously asking for more feed from the public trough.  Disgusting. 
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starwink you should read ktrain's thread and watch the youtube video on it before you go back to the box...  maybe even comment on it...


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Posted: 5/19/2012 8:40:26 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by dl36:

starwink you should read ktrain's thread and watch the youtube video on it before you go back to the box...  maybe even comment on it...




Ktrain is like most poor Republicans.  They don't think for themselves.  They wait until Rush Limbaugh, Hannitty and Fox News tell them what to think.  They then just parrott their talking points.  It's easier for them since they've bought into the idea that critical thinking and a good education is just a liberal/socialist plot.
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Posted: 5/19/2012 8:42:12 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by starwink:



Ktrain is like most poor Republicans.  They don't think for themselves.  They wait until Rush Limbaugh, Hannitty and Fox News tell them what to think.  They then just parrott their talking points.  It's easier for them since they've bought into the idea that critical thinking and a good education is just a liberal/socialist plot.


Every single post you've made in this thread has been a left wing talking point.


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Posted: 5/19/2012 8:43:34 PM
The GOP Supreme Court Ruling Citizen's United created this opportunity for corporations to drown out any opposition from average citizens of the US.

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That would be false. And of course it is a left wing talking point.

Corporate Pac's existed prior to the Citizen's United decision.

Based on what you've said, I'm guessing you don't know what the Supreme Court said in the CU decision.
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Posted: 5/19/2012 8:44:58 PM
it is funny that that you call ktrain a GOP when the right winged wacko alais/alias supporter "usual suspects" insist that he is a die hard obama supporter... but they do that to every poster that owns them...

I take it that you did not watch the video he posted as it says in a very clear and concise manner some of your sentiment in your post (#4)
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Posted: 5/19/2012 8:45:42 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by 14daroad:



Every single post you've made in this thread has been a left wing talking point.




says the alias that posts nothing but insults and talking points himself
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Posted: 5/19/2012 8:46:02 PM
t's virtually impossible to count the strategic holes in “The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama: The Ricketts Plan to End His Spending for Good.” Let's just say the Chicago Cubs' bullpen looks like a Wrigley Field brick wall by comparison.

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Except no "strategic holes" are identified, discussed, or demonstrated.

I'm shocked by this development.

The left's collective freakout at the mere mention of Rev Wright is rather instructive.


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Posted: 5/19/2012 8:46:43 PM
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says the alias that posts nothing but insults and talking points himself


Except you can demonstrate no "talking points" anywhere at all.

Clown.

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Posted: 5/19/2012 8:59:51 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by 14daroad:



Every single post you've made in this thread has been a left wing talking point.




I didn't claim to have written the article.  I am opening a discussion on the hypocrisy of the super rich advocating an anti-earmark campaign while at the same time asking for an enormous government handout (150-300 million) to this single family.

Ricketts is able to come up with $10 million to smear Obama in the presidential campaign, but doesn't have any money to refurbish his new house at Clark and Addison.  If he would've used that $10 million he chose to finance his super-pac, he only would've needed to ask the average taxpayer in Illionois for $140-290 million in taxpayer money.

Do you have any thought processes going on at all over this situation or are you just going to sit in the back shooting spitballs?


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Posted: 5/19/2012 9:09:49 PM
Starwink,

I believe in unlimited political spending as long as there is full disclosure.

If Oprah wants to give Obama $100 million for his campaign, she should be able to do so. I don't have an issue with Ricketts forming a Pac, superPac, or super-duper Pac.

As to the issue of public financing of new stadiums or upgrades, I believe the government should get out of that business.

For example, a lot of shenanigans went down when the Miami Marlins built their new stadium. Allegations of bribery, the politicians apparently didn't read the full agreement but rushed the financing through (the SEC is investigating) . And of course the stadium is in a crappy place and Miami isn't a baseball town.

I think these cities & states are being duped in these deals and so Ricketts is wrong.

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Posted: 5/19/2012 9:16:40 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by 14daroad:



Except you can demonstrate no "talking points" anywhere at all.

Clown.



insults/combative posting

But at least you get it...  I simply make personal observations from my own independent perspective...  not prescribed propaganda, rhetoric of "talking points" from me...
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Posted: 5/19/2012 9:17:53 PM
I also believe their should be full disclosure. 

The obscene amounts of cash by the tiniest fraction, through unlimited campaign donations, of America is corrupting our government.  The ability of this tiny minority to affect tax policy, foreign policy, energy policy, and any and all policy of our country distorts the government's ability to provide for the common good of her citizens. 

Simply put, what's in the best interest of billionaire Joe Ricketts, isn't what's best for the citizens of Illinois.
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So who are politicians supposed to work for, the Super Doooper PACs or the average citizen?

When someone pays you to support your campaign I suppose you have no obligation to make decisions which benefit the contributor right?

Pacs are what is wrong with politics, secret undisclosed pools of money paying for the entrance to the doors of congress.


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I didn't claim to have written the article.  I am opening a discussion on the hypocrisy of the super rich advocating an anti-earmark campaign while at the same time asking for an enormous government handout (150-300 million) to this single family.

Ricketts is able to come up with $10 million to smear Obama in the presidential campaign, but doesn't have any money to refurbish his new house at Clark and Addison.  If he would've used that $10 million he chose to finance his super-pac, he only would've needed to ask the average taxpayer in Illionois for $140-290 million in taxpayer money.

Do you have any thought processes going on at all over this situation or are you just going to sit in the back shooting spitballs?


let the voters decide if they want to pony up the $$ for the improvements 

That is afterall, the democratic way.

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thanks for taking a look at the ktrain thread
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Posted: 5/21/2012 7:23:30 AM
QUOTE Originally Posted by wallstreetcappers:

So who are politicians supposed to work for, the Super Doooper PACs or the average citizen?

When someone pays you to support your campaign I suppose you have no obligation to make decisions which benefit the contributor right?

Pacs are what is wrong with politics, secret undisclosed pools of money paying for the entrance to the doors of congress.


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Posted: 5/21/2012 9:22:05 AM
By Cate Long -

Is the Ricketts family of Chicago bipolar? The patriarch, billionaire and Chicago Cubs owner Joe Ricketts, blasted onto the national stage yesterday, when the New York Times reported that his super PAC considered running an ad campaign entitled “The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama: The Ricketts Plan to End His Spending for Good.” His super PAC, the Ending Spending Action Fund, also lobbies against excessive federal spending and special-interest earmarks.

Meanwhile Ricketts’s son Tom, the general chairman of the Cubs, has been lobbying Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and President Obama’s former chief of staff, for $150 million in tax revenues to renovate Wrigley Field, the home of his family’s Major League Baseball team. The irony of Joe Ricketts blasting the president for special-interest spending while his son grovels for taxpayer support to renovate his baseball stadium is enormous. The Ricketts family needs to meet around their kitchen table and get this matter worked out, because it makes both the father and son look clueless.

Greg Hinz of Crain’s Chicago Business has the local scoop:

Did the Ricketts family just knee-cap its own plan to rebuild Wrigley Field with a healthy dose of Chicago taxpayer cash?

My phone has been ringing with just that question this morning in the wake of a stunning New York Times story about how a new super PAC headed by Joe Ricketts, patriarch of the Chicago Cubs’ owning family, is pondering a big, especially nasty ad campaign against President Barack Obama this fall.

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The Chicago angle on this is that Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Mr. Obama’s former chief of staff, has been trying to put together a deal for the city to put $100 million or more in tax incentives into a Wrigley [stadium] rebuild.

The Wall Street Journal discussed the proposed renovation of Wrigley Field, for which Tom Ricketts wants taxpayer money:

Proposals include more premium seating near the field; a Jumbotron; a new building along Clark Street that could contain a restaurant, parking, and hall of fame; and game-day street fests open only to ticket-holders.

The father’s advocacy group, Ending Spending, describes itself like this:

Ending Spending, Inc. is dedicated to educating and engaging American taxpayers about wasteful and excessive government spending. In this troubled economy, now is the time to regain control of federal government spending, balance the budget, pay down the national debt, and restore fiscal responsibility in Washington, D.C.

Emanuel needs to close the door on any appeals from the Ricketts family for taxpayer support for Wrigley Field. Chicago is in the midst of a massive infrastructure push to build and improve schools, mass transit, and sewer and water lines. In this troubled economy now is the time for Emanuel to regain control of city spending, balance his budget, pay down the city’s debt and restore fiscal responsibility to Chicago. Say no to special interests, Mayor Emanuel.


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Posted: 5/22/2012 4:26:38 AM
QUOTE Originally Posted by lordspoint:

let the voters decide if they want to pony up the $$ for the improvements 

That is afterall, the democratic way.



So is it up for a vote? or does the mayor decide?
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Posted: 5/22/2012 6:28:24 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by starwink:

But wants the average taxpayers to give him $300 million to make improvements on Wrigley Field.

It sounds pretty hypocritical.  The GOP Supreme Court Ruling Citizen's United created this opportunity for corporations to drown out any opposition from average citizens of the US.

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I thought the supreme court was non-partisan?

But it is always interesting to me that certain groups of people want more power, say and right of citizens to voice their opinion of government...  While other groups want less voice and say for citizens and would prefer that the government have the power to do what they want with out opposition... 
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Posted: 5/22/2012 11:34:57 PM
Are you stating the Supreme Court is non-partisan?


What about federal prosecutors?  Are they non-partisan as well?


Could a political party ever be able to stack a court or appoint federal prosecuting attorneys with ideological leanings that would favor the planks of their respective parties?
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