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  •  I have some friends and family 'across the divide' (7+ / 0-)

    and, indeed, was raised in the bosom of the Republican Party (we were "Lincoln Republicans").  And many years of 12-step work have made exercising my empathy much easier.

    What I found, in the run-up to the election, was that there was one area of common ground which was fairly consistent.  Namely, the impulse to get money out of politics.  I believe that issue is one that we can reach out on, and be effective.  Now, there is a lot of noise about Hollywood millionaires and left-wing billionaires, and evil unions.  So, perhaps the first place to attack the issue is on the flank, in order to build a consensus which can then attack soft money.  The "non-free-speech" angle is to set a moratorium on people in government working as lobbyists after leaving government.

    So, for example, nobody has served in Congress or as a legislative aide may advocate or advise for anything in front of Congress for 10 years.  Then, perhaps, a 10 year moratorium on the same for departmental workers marketing to their former agency.  And finally, no military officer of above a certain grade may advocate for any company to the Pentagon or Congress.

    Those are an attack on the corruptive nature of influence, and might appeal to conservatives who, after all, sought some balance on that through term limits.  It's not a free speech issue, and it's non-partisan.

    Just an idea to test at the market.

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 05:02:39 AM PST

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