posted on Nov, 19 2007 @ 03:02 PM
I think you are right about this. The lobbyists legitimize their bribes by giving them to the politicians in the form of campaign contributions, as I
Public funding of political campaigns doesn't work either, imo, because we taxpayers, for the most part, don't want our tax dollars going to elect
the corrupt politicians who are ripping us off in the first place. I don't check that box on my tax return, do you? And how do we know how many of
these private citizen donations to political campaigns are being funneled by lobbyists to get around contribution limits? I can't help thinking it is
all a big scam.
Maybe we could come up with a system that requires lobbyists to earn the votes of our elected representatives instead of buying them. If all lobbyist
funds were put into a general account held by the federal government, not by a political party, the funds could then be distributed to qualified
candidates equally, maybe based on a minimum level of popularity in the polls. This would eliminate the fundraising game and stop this ridiculous
"whomever raises the most money wins" circus. All the current system does is guarantee that the politician who ends up getting elected is the most
beholden to special interest lobbies, hence the most corrupted and least likely to make decisions that reflect the will and best interests of the
Lobbyists would then have to approach politicians based on the merit of the project they are lobbying for, not on how much they can contibute to the
slush fund. Wouldn't that be nice? Maybe not for business as usual in DC, but definitely for the people.
I am thinking off the top of my head here, which is never good, and this idea is probably a piece of swiss cheese at best, but we have to start