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Obama In Town, Open Your Wallets Please

Original post made by Chris Zaharias on Apr 3, 2013

Obama's coming to the Bay Area to reap millions of dollars from the rich in order to fund opposition to a pipeline construction project. That one of the hosts has made tens of millions of dollars from fossil fuel investments is immaterial, really.

Please open your wallets and prepare to pay the [anti-]Piper.

Comments (16)

Posted by corporations are not people, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Apr 3, 2013 at 9:46 am

Obama has to do this to fight the massive corporate donations to right wing candidates. We need to reform campaign spending laws to restrict anonymous donations from corporations.


Posted by Chrissy, a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 3, 2013 at 10:12 am

Chris: campaign rform?

public financing of elecions?

Or just moaning because it isn't your gouy raking in the dough?

yeah, got it.


Posted by Chris Zaharias, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm

My guy is Ron Paul, and he doesn't ask for money. That people like you and on the other side of the isle are only capable of choosing from candidates who show up during commercial breaks is why I must resort to irony.


Posted by Chrissy, a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm

The average member of congress works the phones for several hours a day raising money. Ron Paul *may* be an exception due to his recent 'fame', but wasn't earlier in his career. I'm sure Rand is out rounding up cash at all hours, both for his senate seat and for 2016.

Paul probably thinks that any donor or company should be able to donate any amount. That will only exacerbate the race for cash.

So is it irony, or hypocrisy, to complain about it and then not support reform?


Posted by Chris Zaharias, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Ron is Ron, Rand is Rand. Rand endorsed Romney. Don't conflate.


Posted by Chrissy, a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm

True. Neither are strict libertarians, so I won't conflate, anyway.

Are you ignoring the call of hypocrisy about someone with a libertarian position complaining about politicians raising money?


Posted by Chris Zaharias, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Libertarianism is not monasticism, nor is it giving up on our fellow man.


Posted by Chrissy, a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 3, 2013 at 3:46 pm

>Libertarianism is not monasticism, nor is it giving up on our fellow man.

Nor is it, apparently, discussing the hypocrisy of the libertarian position on public financing while complain about politicians raising money.


Posted by He comes here far too much, a resident of Southgate
on Apr 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Obama only comes here because he knows there are so many zillionaires in Silicon Valley. He goes to Southern California only because there are so many zillionaires in the entertainment industry. Basically, he can make the most money for the least amount of effort here.

Otherwise, he really isn't interested in California.


Posted by Chrissy, a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 3, 2013 at 4:22 pm

California is very important to Obama, more so now than during the actual election. Obama won Calif by 3 million votes, 60%-37%.

Calif has 53 of the 435 congressional seats, required for Obama to pass anything.

Yes, we also bankroll elections.

California is very important to Obama. He is raising money that (some) will be used to fight for those Californian seats.

If you don't like the situation, I suggest you look at election reform mmore seriously.


Posted by Bob , a resident of Community Center
on Apr 3, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Who is paying for this trip? -- Air Force One plane per hour - and the back up plane, Secret Service on site before and during the visit, local police overtime? Travel expenses - hotel, food, etc. for president and staff.....there's a long list of expenses.


Posted by area man, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Just like every other modern president of whatever party, Bob. They all did it.


Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Apr 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm

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Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 3, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

Not an issue - thanks for putting Chris's tough situation in perspective! Where would he be w/out the wife cooking for him?? He'd be so bad off he might have to dine at a roach coach!

Oh, & good one, Bob. Leave it to those lIving in the wealthiest areas to complain about the cost of politicians coming to raise moola. I'm sure your opinion matters to them while they laugh all the way to the bank.


Posted by Get over it, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 3, 2013 at 7:40 pm

I have heard the term "roach coach" used to describe food trucks since the seventies. It is a well-known colloquialism in the American English language. It does not mean they all carry roaches or that they are dirty, though it may once have. Oaxacan kitchen has a very, very good food wagon at the Farmer's Market on Sundays that everyone refers to as a roach coach, but they get oodles of business all the same.

Not an issue, you seem to have a beef with nearly everyone. More often than not we do not even get to read your posts because they get deleted so fast. Please gentle your tone. It gets in the way of making your point.


Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Apr 3, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Get over it-- I have my own style for getting my point across. If you do not like it, do not read my posts.
If I had a beef with everyone, then I would be posting comments after everyone's postings-- so lets stop with the over exaggerations. And speaking of exaggerations, more often than not my posts are not deleted.
As for my criticism of Chris- he made sme comments and I disagreed wither as being inappropriate-- it is called having an opinion and expressing it.


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