Monday, April 07, 2014

OPINION - Shields and Brooks 4/4/2014

"Shields and Brooks on the power of campaign donors, baseball vs. baby" PBS NewsHour 4/4/2014


SUMMARY:  Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including a Supreme Court ruling that lifts campaign donation limits, as well as public commentary for a pro-baseball player’s paternity leave.

MARK SHIELDS, syndicated columnist: (on Supreme Court decision) .....(according) to the chief justice, there is nothing more basic to our democracy than the right to participate in electing our political leaders.  And I wish they felt the same way about voting rights, which they didn’t, that somehow this giving — and that these people, these five majority justices must be hermetically sealed.

They are unaware of the fact that big money buys access in Washington, and access purchases influence.  It is as simple as that.  And they have basically given a green light, a further green light, after Citizens United, to the biggest money to have the bigger voice in our politics, and to sound out and drown out the voice of just ordinary citizens.

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