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New Jersey Among 38 Impending Gubernatorial Elections

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He's inviting the Koch brothers to fund his opponent.  The one thing the ruling class most desperately wants to avoid is the nightmare scenario of a government responsive to the wishes and well being of the citizens.

 

I very much like the idea of not only public funding of campaigns, but also making that exclusive by outlawing any and all financial aid to a candidate from any other sources, including his own personal wealth.

 

I'd also like to see a hard cap on earning by legislators, from all sources.  Any legislator earning more than a set amount would have to forfeit the excess to the general tax fund.

 

 

Didn't his Glorious Orangeness just destroy the Johnston Amendment?  Things are going the wrong way.  


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Johnson Amendment, after LBJ.  It is not literally repealed.  He gave the Jesus Industry the green-light to promote politicians that support his misogyny, xenophobia, jingoism, exceptionalism, and anti-muslim bigotry by telling DOJ not to prosecute them.

 

On May 4, 2017, Trump signed the "Presidential Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty."[17] The executive order does not (nor can it[18]) repeal the Johnson Amendment, nor does it allow preachers to endorse from the pulpit, but it does direct the Department of Treasury that "churches should not be found guilty of implied endorsements where secular organizations would not be." Douglas Laycock, speaking to The Washington Post, indicated that he was not aware of any cases where such implied endorsements have caused problems in the past.[19]

 

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No secular institution would ever be prosecuted under the Johnson Amendment because it does not apply to them.  In effect the order says "Do not prosecute Jesus Industry politico-pastors if the sky is blue."


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There's a pretty simple solution to this.  Any religious institution that wants to exert influence over politics should have the right to do so, under the First Amendment, as long as they start paying taxes.  If the government is cutting an institution a break or giving them special legal privileges, then they need to give something back.  Promoting religiously motivated bigotry does not constitute charitable activity, so there's no justification for letting them keep their tax-exempt status.

 

Personally, when it comes to religious institutions that want to turn their asinine beliefs into my laws, I'm all for whacking them in the stomach with a sledgehammer until they cough up.  Tax money, that is.


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There's a pretty simple solution to this.  Any religious institution that wants to exert influence over politics should have the right to do so, under the First Amendment, as long as they start paying taxes.  

 

Frank Zappa agreed back around 1980.  He was very, very not Republican.

 

 

In fact churches are like other businesses except for the fact that all of their products fail to exist (salvation, forgiveness, life after death(hah!), etc).  If people wish to voluntarily consume ancient mythology while regarding it as revealed truth that's OK with me, as long as my taxes are not subsidizing a free ride for the businesses selling them the lies.

 

It's obvious that when dogma has to compete with the combined knowledge of the human race the battle is quite one-sided.  After all the demographic group "Sleeps in on Sunday" is not declining.


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