By Jack E. Lohman
The world financial market has crumbled because of political corruption, and State Rep. Frank Lasee (R-Bellevue) wants more of the same.
Political corruption is the root cause of today’s economic crisis. Special interests bribed politicians in both political parties to lift regulation of our financial and credit industries, and Bill Clinton signed the 1999 bill into law. Even with a solid Republican congress at the time, the Dems were complicit. The D’s also pushed to allow mortgages for those unable to handle the payments, and the R’s went along.
Why? Because politicians from both parties were taking cash bribes from the financial industry to turn a blind eye, and they did that job well.
Rep. Lasee likes the cash-and-carry political system, but we’ve seen what private money can do to the process of lawmaking. It isn’t pretty.
Lasee believes that if he just discloses who is buying his votes on legislation, that should be good enough for the voters and taxpayers.
It isn’t. Never has been and never will be.
Politicians already do disclose where they
get their money, and they still vote the way
the special interests want. So we know that
“disclosure” doesn’t even begin to slow the
corruption, and that’s just fine with them.
Besides, the public doesn’t want disclosure of bribes. We don’t want to know “who” is bribing our state representatives, we don’t want them bribed at all. Not even by the special interests we agree with.
We don’t want politicians working for us but taking from them. If anybody is going to fund their elections it should be the people to whom they are responsible; the taxpayers. For $5 per taxpayer per year we can make that happen.
How does it affect you?
Look at one of Lasee’s signature issues, health care. Cash from the insurance and health care industry blocked the passage of Healthy Wisconsin, and Lasee was right in there with his
opposing vote opposition. That he and other legislators enjoy guaranteed health care paid for by taxpayers is, well, an employee perk. But when we taxpayers decide to provide health care to the general public, that magically becomes “socialized medicine.” How do you like that reasoning?
And look at the unnecessary government spending, which special interests pay politicians for. That translates to higher taxes on wages and homes. And though Lasee rails against high taxes, he and his Republican cohorts turn their heads and offer up more of the same. For a price.
He wants a free-market health care system even after seeing what the free market has done to the financial sector. And I suppose he’d have supported privatizing Social Security so we all could have put our money into the stock market. Give it to the fat cats so they can spend it for us, don’cha know.
Lasee calls public funding of campaigns “welfare for politicians,” but nothing can compare with the current system of political welfare which guarantees a 90% election rate. He chooses not to give that up.
No, the public doesn’t want a continuation, we want change.
For the record I am a McCain supporter, mainly because of his commitment AGAINST earmarks and FOR public funding of campaigns. If we get the corruptive influence of money out of the system, health care will get fixed overnight.
To achieve change, ALL of the state Republicans and
MOST of the Dems must be replaced in November.