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    Another welfare check I'd like to see abolished is retirement and health care for elected officials at all levels of government.
    This is common anti-government Tea Party slam on elected officials that is is no doubt being pushed by corporate interests. It's a main theme of the mythical Congressional Reform Act of 2011 that was touted in widely circulated by e-maii chain letters and appears on many right-wing web sites.

    But think about it. This would make it even more difficult for non-wealthy people to hold office and would increase the temptation of elected officials to take advantage of lobbyist handouts and cushy retirement jobs. This is exactly what we don't want.

    It's interesting that this theme is being pushed by right-wingers, but they never mention the fact that members of congress are exempt from insider trading laws. Why? Feeding legislators insider information is a way to exert influence, i.e. buy legislators.

    What we really need is a complete ban on corporate contributions to campaigns as well as strict limits personal contributions and "independent" campaign expenditures. In  place of money-driven politics there should be a fair and effective system of public funding so that qualified, but not necessarily wealthy or powerful, people can gain and hold public office.

    •  How many poor people do you know in office? (0+ / 0-)

      The system is rigged.   I am not cutting their benefits because they are rich or poor, deserve them or not - I would like to cut them because they're dicks.

      "bin Laden's dead, and GM is alive" ~ Biden

      by dkmich on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 02:21:18 AM PDT

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