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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.