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Save-the-oxpeckers
and other absurd arguments
against campaign money limits

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, by Staff (Editorial)

Original Article

Posted By:Rafter, 8/20/2013 11:57:53 AM

Here’s one of the silliest political arguments you’ll ever see: Reimposing campaign contribution limits in Missouri would harm the state’s economy because it would devastate the campaign-worker industry. That’s a little like opposing limits on the sale of Sudafed because it would devastate the meth-cook industry. The proper response to both arguments is, “And that’s a bad idea because . . . ? [snip] Many of the oxpeckers (named for the birds that ride atop large mammals and eat the ticks) employed by the Nixon campaign would have gone hungry. The millions that were poured into TV commercials would have gone unpoured.

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Don´t you know Anthony Weiner just hates to compete with the oxpeckers mentioned politically here for campaign attention and headlines?
He especially must be "roiled" over the nice photo of some miscellaneous oxpeckers accompanying this editorial which won´t cause a ripple or a backlash.
He should be so lucky... let him eat his little har...
er, oops!... heart out...

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: joew9, 8/20/2013 12:17:59 PM     (No. 9482697)

I don´t know the details of the campaign spending limit law this paper supports but commonly I find that these kinds of limits most often restrict traditional Republican contribution sources(and those are not big businesses no matter what the Dems say) and leave sources to Democrats wide open. I suspect the St Louis Post Dispatch is on the lefty side once again.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rafter, 8/20/2013 12:23:57 PM     (No. 9482706)

#1, you would be right, of course...
the Post-Dispatch continues its lengthy history of supporting "lefty" causes...

The "Nixon" mentioned herein is, of course, the incumbent Democrat governor, Jay Nixon...

While the editorial is interesting in itself, even if wrong...
it was actually the headline that proved irresistible in this instance...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 8/20/2013 1:06:41 PM     (No. 9482751)

The ballot initiative to restrict campaign contributions is being spearheaded by ...not Democrats
or liberals...., but , a Pro Life group.
" The ballot measure was drafted by Fred N. Sauer, president of Missouri Roundtable for Life of Clayton. "
Sauer gives millions to his group, but, doesn´t want other wealthy Republican donors ,
especially conservative businessman Rex Sinquefield ,
to be able to donate
freely to Republican candidates.
Sinquefield has given 26 million to conservative Republicans.
It´s Bizarro World.
Sauer is doing the work of the Democrats.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Bohallx, 8/20/2013 9:02:03 PM     (No. 9483352)

Historically the big city daily newspapers were the ones that campaigned the hardest for campaign financing limits ~ ON EVERYBODY BUT THEMSELVES

Their theory was that if direct mail advertising and tv time could be limited all the money would flow to their newspapers.

Business hand in paw with government is one of the symptoms of fascist intrigue ~

The big city daily newspapers are going bankrupt so fast they don´t have the time to be forward looking when it comes to advertising revenues.

So, somebody else picks up the cudgels.

A RTL guy would be looking to edge other donors out of the way ~ but where´s the economic advantage?

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