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Saturday, May 03, 2003



Sanity is beginning to prevail in the campaign finance reform debate. McCainiacs and liberals will no doubt be decrying "special interests" once again as a three-judge panel struck down many parts of the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act, otherwise known as McCain-Feingold-Shays-Meehan.

It's about time this silly piece of McCain liberalism was thrown into the ash heap of history. The Supreme Court ruled years ago that preventing people from spending their own money on their own speech was a violation of the First Amendment, and McCain's naked attempt to gag ordinary citizens 60 days before an election was doomed from the start. Even more heartening was the ruling striking down new soft money bans.

One interesting tidbit from The Washington Times:

One member, Circuit Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson, generally held the entire law was unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly found most of it acceptable. The third panelist, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon, sometimes agreed with Judge Henderson and other times with Judge Kollar-Kotelly, meaning that his opinion generally controlled the decision.
Judge Henderson, who sits on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, was appointed by Mr. Bush's father, former President George Bush.
Judge Leon was appointed by the current president, and Judge Kollar-Kotelly was appointed by President Clinton.

Why am I not surprised?

"Today's report confirms that, despite White House scare tactics, Social Security remains sound for decades to come.."

-? Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) upon hearing reports that the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds will go bankrupt even earlier than predicted.

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