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One thing I CAN agree with

November 15, 2011

End the loop holes that make being an elected official the fastest track to “get rich” when you can’t sing, can’t dance, aren’t cute enough to act,you aren’t stupid enough to be in the average reality TV show – but like all the perks of fame (or infamy)

Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) called on Speaker Boehner to take up “The Stock Bill” inspired by an investigative report by Breitbart Editor Peter Schweizer in his new book “Throw Them All Out.”

Now THAT should be something to get bipartisan support. Add in term limits and we’ll be even closer to regaining sanity

Another idea I’m not sure about – having lived in Texas for 12 years – is Rick Perry’s “part time” legislature. While it does limit the extravagance that seems to come from living in the D.C. bubble too long …in Texas the result wasn’t a bunch of citizens who could run for and serve in office because they didn’t have to be millionaires to afford not working for a living. They still had to have some level of flexibility where they could take off for months at a time.

While I agree whole heartedly with the sentiment below – I didn’t observe the result to be that much different in the end. Only the already-financially independent could afford to run

“It’s not a surprise to me when I laid out this fundamental reform that I talk about and ask the American people to consider a part-time citizen Congress, that career politicians like Steny Hoyer don’t like my plan to overhaul Washington,” Perry told conservative radio host Sean Hannity. “They’re making a great living up there.”

A+ for the intent: Legislative duties should NOT be about getting rich – and staying rich –  maintaining perks.

B for the outcome

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 16, 2011 8:24 am

    Using public information to benefit from stock transactions is legal. It’s not like the members of Congress are using secret info… they’re looking at the legislative calendar and making decisions based on where they think the votes will land. It’s skeevy to some extent, but so’s most of Congress.

    OWS theme song? I think the Tea Party had a theme song… the National Anthem.

  2. November 16, 2011 1:15 am

    The Occupy movement won’t like this; they seem to be into big government in a big way, complete with handouts. (I just saw the video for their new theme song, which is unintentionally hilarious and troubling at the same time.)

    I think that term limits, and the other proposed reforms, are excellent ideas. But my little bit of exposure to the Hill as an unpaid citizen lobbyist (for space issues) made me aware that it is not the Congresscritters who really have the longevity and work the system, it is their legislative aides. For the most part, they are the ones writing the bills and working with lobbyists and activists on the language.

    Perhaps they should have limits as well.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

    • November 16, 2011 9:56 am

      Keith – EXCELLENT points, and I agree with that as well

      Legislation and regulation have way too much to do with the financial outcome of companies already lobbying. When you have a significant majority in Congress and you are one of the Congressional leaders, neither you or your aides should be allowed to trade on any information related to where legislation is heading in its drafting. Period. Want to get rich on good G2? Get another freakin’ job – NOT one in Congress where you can game the outcome & essentially print $ for yourself

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