Louisville’s Congressman John Yarmuth (Dem., Ky. 3rd) was on local television Wednesday morning, and surprised his audience by announcing his plan to introduce a constitutional amendment later this year, to limit what the Supreme Court has ruled to be First Amendment rights. Appearing on "WDRB in the Morning," with interviewer Candyce Clifft, the congressman expressed his views of such diverse topics as the war in Libya, job creation, and the battle over the federal budget.
Then Yarmuth dropped his bombshell: Suggesting that the biggest problem of the country is “the impact of money on politics,” he explained that he is in the process of drafting a new constitutional amendment that would effectively bar “special interest” money from politics. Under the terms of the proposed amendment, candidates for federal office would be banned from accepting money from “corporations, PACS or individuals” for their campaigns.
Yarmuth says the amendment would "force us into a public financing posture, which will get a better deal for the American citizen," adding, "it will help us make better choices. Right now, we don't make the right choices for the economy, for education, for research, for any of those things because of the poisoning effect of money."
This, from a politician whose top contributors in his current re-election campaign are: The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, The Plumbers & Pipefitters Union, The Boilermakers Union, AT&T, Inc., and The American Federation of Government Employees. No special interests there.
Of course, the hypocrisy of Yarmuth’s proposal is palpable. A constitutional amendment of the sort he is suggesting has absolutely no chance of passing the congress; much less receiving approval by the state legislatures. If he were really serious about the evils of “special interest” money, he could always unilaterally quit accepting money from corporations, PACS or individuals for his re-election campaign. This, he’ll never do, and his phony attack on the First Amendment will be seen by most reasonable folks as just what it is: the pusillanimous posturing of a pathetic politician.
Watch the Yarmuth interview on "WDRB in the Morning"
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