The Disclose Act has been shepherded through the Congress by the two guys who
are most responsible for electing Democrats to the House and Senate, Rep. Chris
Van Hollen (Md.) and Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.).
This bill isn’t about high constitutional principles. It isn’t about protecting
the freedom of the American people. And it isn’t about creating private-sector
jobs or cutting the deficit.
This legislation, as the Democratic sponsors would probably admit to you over a
couple of drinks, is designed to give Democrats a better chance to win election
this year and into the future.
The current campaign finance system is designed to give labor unions a clear
advantage over the business community. Labor unions can compel their members to
fork over money for campaign spending, even if a person disagrees with where
the money is going. Labor union members get plenty of time to not work and
instead campaign on behalf of Democrats.
Business groups can’t compete, and they don’t.
In fact, more often than not, business groups would rather play ball with
Democrats to try to achieve a competitive advantage against their rivals in
Labor gives its money almost exclusively to Democrats. Business groups give
about half their money to Democrats, especially when they are in power.
The only thing Republicans have on their side is the idea that freedom, the
free market and free enterprise are important to America’s future. And
sometimes, the American people get so sick and tired of overbearing, wasteful
and incompetent government that Republicans have an opportunity to do well in
an election. This may be one of those years.
The Roberts court ruled that free speech is free speech, no matter if it is
individuals who are doing it on their own or individuals who are doing it as
part of a business group or corporation.
It was a good decision, but it scared the bejesus out of the Democrats. They
don’t really want the people to be able to speak out against the government
takeover of the whole world. They certainly don’t want business to be able to
fight back against Big Labor.
Because the Democrats are so nervous about their political futures (and well
they should be), they are fast-tracking the Disclose bill because they think it
may help them stave off electoral disaster.
They are so desperate, they have made a deal with the devil himself (at least
the liberal idea of the devil).
They have made a deal with the NRA.
Democrats have decided not to include the National Rifle Association under the
disclosure requirements of the Disclose Act, for two reasons. First, they
believe the NRA is so powerful that buying their neutrality is worth whatever
the cost. Second, this legislation is so important to the Democrats that they
will do anything to get it passed, including cutting a deal with the hated NRA.
Can’t blame the NRA for taking that deal. I would take that deal, if I were
them. After all, it gives the NRA a competitive advantage, vis-à-vis any other
interest group. Let’s say you are trying to remain politically active and you
have to choose between two organizations. You want to remain anonymous, but you
can afford to give a lot of money. Would you give to an organization that
doesn’t have to disclose its donors (which under this law would be the NRA), or
would you give to an organization where you would have your contribution
disclosed for all to see (that would be every other organization)?
It really is quite amazing.
The liberal leadership of the Congress, led by such anti-gun advocates as Speaker
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Schumer, is cutting a
deal that gives just about unlimited power, all because they want to keep their
stranglehold on power.
This is the kind of deal that makes the most bitter cynic blush. Are you
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