Systematic Reform

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The New York Times ran this piece on Sunday suggesting that (surprise!) the earmarking issue is a birpartisan problem - despite the legacy of Duke Cunningham, Jack Abramoff and others, the soon-to-be Democrat-controlled Congress seems less than enthusiastic about shutting off the pipeline of pork.

 

Is it any wonder Congress doesn't want to take its hand out of the cookie jar? But on November 7th voters make corruption a major issue, and, as the San Francisco Chronicle says in this editorial on ethics reforms they want to see, if Democrats want to avoid being on the receiving end of voters' wrath in the next cycle, they'd better change things, and fast.

 

The Chronicle editorial lists some good initial steps, but a Congress serious about reform would move to address the fundamental conflict in a system where the influence of a few wealthy interests determines public policy for all of us. Without congressional public financing to remove the influence of special interest dollars, it's just going to be the same old story, over and over.