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Jon Erik Kingstad

Afton, MN
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the Eighth Circuit's decision will be appealed and reversed by the Supreme Court. I cannot conceive of how the Court could have thought that lying or deception could be protected by the First Amendment but then again I still can't see how imposing limits on campaign contributions or contributions to PACs is "free speech" or why the interest in preventing corruption is not compelling enough to justify such limits.

I might have more to say if I could read the Eight Circuit decision...

I agree with you that politician's lie because the public lets them get away with it.

But what about lies in a campaign? If we can agree that the evidence will show it, do you disagree that there should be a legal procedure for challenging and proving a politician's lies in a campaign?. You cite Politifact which suggests you think it is a reliable checker of the facts. I'm not sure about that, but if Politifact can be trusted for calling out and proving lies made in a political...

Thanks for fixing the link.

This decision discussed by professor Schultz is troubling at many levels, not least of which is its endorsement of what can only be described as a "First Amendment right to lie." The judges seems to be caught up in the idea that the law itself creates the possibility of lying and thereby interfering with the First Amendment and the electoral process.

But a lot of this decision is also about the problem of "standing" and whether this group is really...

If people are going to discuss the Posse Comitatus Act, it might as well be at least somewhat informed. Wikipedia is not necessarily the most authoritative source but at least it does have some sources which are linked to actual pieces of legislation and historical discussions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act

It's interesting to note how the...

Posted on 08/21/14 at 03:00 pm in response to What recovery? Workers are telling the Federal Reserve to get real

Mr. Raino's objections are rightly focused on the prospect of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates:

"At the Jackson Hole conference, Fed leaders will be talking about whether and when it should raise interest rates. If it raises interest rates too soon, it will hurt the economy and make it even harder than it already is for workers to find good jobs, get raises, and achieve real recovery."

The Federal Reserve has always lived in a parallel universe where "full employment...

Posted on 08/01/14 at 09:28 am in response to Against the über-presidency: Minnesota Republicans vote to sue Obama

I've read through Devin's article a couple times and through the comments. I still don't know what law or laws the Republicans think the President has broken. Compare this to the Bush-Cheney years where we have blatant criminal conduct by Bush and Cheney and their underlings. These were not only war crimes- we know they committed those- but other crimes, like perjury to a special prosecutor, illegal wiretapping and lying to Congress. Nixon was a small time crook compared to these two....

Posted on 07/31/14 at 09:38 am in response to David Cobb on how corporations are stealing our self-governing rights

I did not say "close the banks due to technical violations of banking laws." I said there is sufficient evidence known publicly to have warranted criminal prosecutions for serious violations of criminal law.

Your question reminds me of the old riddle:" Why doth treason prosper? Because if it prosper, none dare call it treason."

Posted on 07/30/14 at 06:19 pm in response to David Cobb on how corporations are stealing our self-governing rights

I'd turn the question to "what corporations should NOT have their charters revoked?"

Let's start with some of the biggies: JP Morgan Chase, Citicorp, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

There have been a series of watered down "consent decrees" entered against the major banking/investment banking/insurance firms (they are all the same after the repeal of Glass-Steagall) for technical violations of banking regulations. There have been no major RICO or antitrust...

Posted on 08/02/14 at 08:39 pm in response to David Cobb on how corporations are stealing our self-governing rights

Apology accepted but maybe I was not clear.

A bank is no different from any other incorporated entity. If any incorporated entity engages in criminal conduct. it should have its charter revoked. Revocation or cancellation of a corporate charter is not a criminal sanction but a civil or administrative one. But revocation of a corporate charter is a sanction for violation of a criminal law.

Maybe you need to explain why you seem to believe "revocation of a corporate charter" is...

Eric is right to look at the issue of federal deficits in historical and long term future perspectives. But I don't think that should be any reason to succumb to any degree of deficit hawkness because, as Prof. Krugman has stated time and again, the deficit is not a problem today or the foreseeable future. Prof. Krugman has made many significant contributions to economic discussion and debate today, above and beyond his contributions as a scholar for which he won the Nobel Prize. His main...