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Kent Smith

Kent Smith

Retired Market Research Analyst

Looking at the world through number 2-colored lenses.

  • I follow Max Lockie’s posts here on NewsPicks. I find his comments to usually be insightful, logically sound, and well written. However, the logic of his post here asserting that the effects of the Citizens United decision are insignificant left me speechless. Well, almost speechless.

    Yes, it is true

    I follow Max Lockie’s posts here on NewsPicks. I find his comments to usually be insightful, logically sound, and well written. However, the logic of his post here asserting that the effects of the Citizens United decision are insignificant left me speechless. Well, almost speechless.

    Yes, it is true that money, corporate money in this case, doesn’t know nor care about the political party affiliation of people in or campaigning for elected office. This simple fact is presented in way that suggests that if politicians from both parties receive funds it must be relatively harmless.

    Just the opposite is true.

    It is the job of corporate officers to both jealousy protect and maximize the growth of the company’s and investors’ money. It’s simply good business to financially back the nominees from each party so that corporate- and investor-friendly legislation is passed with as little debate as possible. Sometimes with no debate at all. If a specific politician decides that they cannot in good conscience back these bills, the corporate campaign contributions simply shift to another person from the same party who will do what they’re told and the offending incumbent is “primaried”. Deep corporate pockets can, and do, end the political careers of true statesmen by throwing overwhelming sums of cash at their more loyal, same party opponent.

    Another tool at the disposal of corporate America is ALEC, a “think tank” that now actually writes a large percentage of our federal law. ALEC is staffed by people whose corporate mindsets are firmly entrenched. I would think it’s obvious that when corporate America has the power to impose its will in the form of federal law, said laws will be heavily weighted in favor of big business. I know that if I had the ability to make the rules, the chances that I could be beaten by anybody at all would be extremely remote.

    With these facts in mind, what are the chances that our government prioritizes the best interests of the citizenry, much less the least fortunate of its members?

    The true measure of a society lies in how well it treats its least fortunate.

  • Wait a moment here. This is a sampling of what Trump calls “bad people”?

    I’ve met many immigrants from Central and South America, both legal and otherwise. I’ve befriended many of them. As a group, they are some of the hardest working, most trustworthy people I’ve ever met. I’ve lived several different

    Wait a moment here. This is a sampling of what Trump calls “bad people”?

    I’ve met many immigrants from Central and South America, both legal and otherwise. I’ve befriended many of them. As a group, they are some of the hardest working, most trustworthy people I’ve ever met. I’ve lived several different states, spent significant amounts of time in several more, and had immersive experience in foreign cultures in parts of Asia and Europe, and I don’t believe for a moment that Central and South Americans are any more prone to violence and crime than any other population in the world.

    One group of people who should be avoided at all costs, though, are United States politicians.

  • As tempting as it may be to cite this report as proof that gun ownership is absolutely essential in our society, please remember that anecdotal evidence is not evidence at all. What is indisputable evidence is the fact that having a gun in your residence greatly increases the likelihood of accidental serious injury or death.

  • This guy was grabbing women? That’s absolutely disgusting! Unforgivable.

    Wait...wasn’t there a report sometime in the last few years of the inappropriate grabbing of a specific part of the female anatomy? I wish that I could remember who that was. Oh, well. I’m sure that their arrogant, sexist behavior

    This guy was grabbing women? That’s absolutely disgusting! Unforgivable.

    Wait...wasn’t there a report sometime in the last few years of the inappropriate grabbing of a specific part of the female anatomy? I wish that I could remember who that was. Oh, well. I’m sure that their arrogant, sexist behavior wasn’t tolerated, and that they ended up being ruined both professionally and socially, shunned by all right-thinking individuals. Right?

  • A college student loses her cool and overreacts by throwing an exceedingly dangerous liquid, er, I mean chocolate milk, at a group of law abiding, properly pale, completely blameless Republicans? This is considered news?

    The concept of reporting the news in a factual, non-biased, non-hyperbolic way

    A college student loses her cool and overreacts by throwing an exceedingly dangerous liquid, er, I mean chocolate milk, at a group of law abiding, properly pale, completely blameless Republicans? This is considered news?

    The concept of reporting the news in a factual, non-biased, non-hyperbolic way is apparently not a concept worthy of consideration by the news media in general.

    Personally, I would rather read about the objectively deadly bombs and missiles thrown at people who have the nerve to not be onboard with the idea that the US has the right to do anything and everything necessary to increase their wealth and protect their “way of life,” using obvious lies and misdirections that are nevertheless reported to the public as fact by the very same news media.

  • The total number of untruths that has come out of Trump’s mouth must bear some similarities to pi in that it is impossible to state the complete, full number. The best we could hope for is a pale estimate.

  • If this report is accurate, the “Group Think” in DC has reached crisis proportions, and when it happens in our federal government it is a dangerous situation indeed.

  • Decisions such as this one that have drastic and long term effects on whole populations are far too important to be left to a purely democratic system.

  • When I was being courted by a D1 perennial contender in soccer, the coach bluntly told me that I would be there to play. He said that I could go to class when I was finished with workouts, meetings, etc. So, I went to my hometown’s small private university, a great university in the NAIA. That D1 coach

    When I was being courted by a D1 perennial contender in soccer, the coach bluntly told me that I would be there to play. He said that I could go to class when I was finished with workouts, meetings, etc. So, I went to my hometown’s small private university, a great university in the NAIA. That D1 coach unknowingly did me a huge favor.