Money don’t talk

By AL DIAMON  |  January 3, 2014

Well, the serial comma is back, so it’s two-to-one in its favor. But more concerning is that part about allowing regulation (by the government, you can be certain) of anything that even appears to be corrupt, unbalanced, anti-participatory, or unequal. Keep in mind that it doesn’t actually have to be any of those nasty things. It just has to appear so, in order to justify a cease-and-desist order from the Federal Speech Police.

There’s no question obscene amounts of money, much of it from out of state, are spent on Maine elections. In 2012, all that unregulated cash was a key factor in Democrats regaining control of both chambers of the Legislature, just as a right-wing financial infusion in 2010 helped give the GOP power in the executive and legislative branches. In both cases, all those millions of dollars went to Maine broadcasters, newspapers, printers, web designers and managers, and consultants. (Please note that my use of the serial comma in this piece is due to the penultimate item being composed of two parts, and not as a result of my bowing to the grammatical antiquity of the Portland Phoenix.) If any other industry had produced this sort of financial windfall for the state, we’d be passing a legislative commendation singing its praises, instead of trying to ban it.

Money may talk, but as long as everybody’s filthy lucre has an equal opportunity to blather on, the game is as fair as it’s going to get. And if what you want isn’t fairness, then just let me decide what’s fit for your eyes and ears. 

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