The public wants change!!!

But is promised more of the same …

By Jack E. Lohman

Our major gubernatorial candidates — Scott Walker, Mark Neumann and Tom Barrett — seem only interested in saying the right words to get elected, all while avoiding a direct attack on the core problem with our political system. None of them want to touch it, yet it is the one-and-only reason our economy has crashed both at the state and federal level.

A discussion on payola and bribes, in terms of special interest campaign contributions, would likely turn off support from the two major parties because that’s their breathing line.

But that’s the problem. For politicians to get elected they need money, and our current system virtually demands that they take it from those who have it… the special interests that want taxpayer dollars spent on their projects, thus increasing taxes to accommodate. The Fat Cats want in our pocket.

How can these politicians totally ignore the corruption that leads them to office in the first place? Or is it the benefits of corruption that attracts them?

So what should they be talking about?

Campaign finance reform… first and foremost, because nothing else really matters. Campaign cash affects every other issue to be discussed. High taxes, low public services, economy, unemployment, you name it. ALL — 100% — are affected by the cash bribes that change hands at the political level. If politicians are to beholden to the taxpayers, only public funding of campaigns will get their attention. But our politicians from both political parties don’t want to talk about it.

Redistricting… It’s coming up. Districts should be established by a non-partisan board like Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board and its appointed judges. Not a perfect system but better than the current biased one. The parties should not pick the voters, it should be the reverse. Only the GAB can be counted on to do that correctly.

Even a laptop computer program could do it in an unbiased way, but “unbiased” is the last thing the Pols want.

Disclosure… The Republicans have been pushing it for years, though as an alternative to campaign reform. Now they oppose it. But disclosure doesn’t limit speech, it only discloses who is speaking. And whether unions or business, this makes sense. Maybe too much so for those who want anonymity.

Why not “apple pie” issues?

Because they are 100% dependent on the core issue: campaign finance corruption. Who is paying off whom. If politicians were not taking money from special interests they’d be working for the public’s best interest on these issues and it wouldn’t matter which party was elected. Get the corruption out of the system and they’ll find a way to bring jobs back to the U.S..

A Voter Guide for November…

Throw them all out, even if it means a change in leadership. 100%. They are all working for the same special interests anyway, so at least a turnover will send an important message: fix it or you are next.

Over the centuries bad people have learned how to rip off good people, and today the most efficient way is to share your booty with the politicians that make it all happen. Campaign bribes will ultimately kill our democracy, and even today we are seeing people carry holstered guns to rallies. An armed and bloody rebellion is not far off unless we fix the system.

4 Responses to The public wants change!!!

  1. Dean Weichmann, Wisconsin says:

    Hi Jack,
    I agee with you almost all the time, However.

    I want to suggest that you emphasize more postive ideas, that is less on political corruption and more on convincing people of the benifit of Medicare for all, or the value of some of our pricipled and intelligent politicians. You are obviously correct that money has far too much influence but can we convince these politicians to do the right thing anyway?

  2. Hi Dean. I sure wish we could convince politicians to do the right thing, but unless you have cash in hand it just isn’t going to happen.

    And focusing on positive ideas and ignoring the political corruption that drives political decisions would essentially turn the system over to the Fat Cats (as though they don’t already own it).

    More importantly, we must get people to understand that it is money driving the system, not votes and not what is “right.” Voters must get involved and they must demand an honest political system, otherwise we are simply going to go down the tubes. HERE is a very interesting article on the subject. It all begins with the dollar bill, and I fear that’s where it is also going to end.

  3. esi42 says:

    Hi Jack,

    I am a fellow wisconsin resident and stumbled across your blog after reading a comment of yours on truthdig. I completely agree when you when you say the candidates are only saying “the right words to get elected”. I listened to Walker and Neuman on npr recently and Im not impressed. I didnt have a chance to hear Barrett but he’s a career politician so I know it will be more of the same from him as well. Regardless of who gets elected, at least Doyle is on his way out. I strongly agree with publically funded campaigns since the politicians would be working for us and not special interest groups.

    I dont know how to get a plan like this moving but I plan to start by voting out every incumbent regardless of party and voting in 3rd party candidates if possible.

  4. That’s a good start, esi42, and you can sign up for my eNewsletter at the top to get further updates. Four other active groups are Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Common Cause, Citizen Action and League of Women Voters. They can all use your help.

    Nothing on campaign reform will happen until the new legislature starts its job in January.

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