Money and Politics: Like Water Flowing [Hub Debate]

Money and Politics: recently, Salt Lake Tribune columnist George Pyle wrote that the onus is on voters to choose the leaders of our republic.  Is it the voter’s responsibility to shift through the lies? Or is there a role for government in regulating speech and money in politics? “Get money out of politics.” “Heightened transparency.” “Campaign finance reform.” “Restore strength to our democracy.” Whatever the euphemism, the phrases  amount to one thing: veiled proposals to limit the means, manner, and amounts of spending on political campaigns. Proponents point to the galactic sized…

Money in Politics: The Wealthy Have Better Lawyers [Hub Debate]

Is it the voter’s responsibility to shift through the lies? Or is there a role for government in regulating speech and money in politics?   A recent editorial in the Salt Lake Tribune titled “Does Money Influence Politics? Oh Grow Up!” makes the argument that no amendment or regulation will keep those with money and power from exploiting any political process to amass more money and power.  The author, George Pyle, is 100% right.  He’s also right that it is we, the (sometimes) voting public, who have the responsibility of seeing…

Restricting Free Speech is a Pandora’s Box [Hub Debate]

Last week, Salt Lake Tribune columnist George Pyle wrote that the onus is on voters to choose the leaders of our republic.  Is it the voter’s responsibility to shift through the lies? Or is there a role for government in regulating speech and money in politics? Pyle is right. While allowing people to say false things is a bad option, it is the least bad option available to us. The subtext here is the Democratic Party’s attempt to amend the First Amendment to our Constitution because they find certain speech…