Thursday, March 23, 2006

Feingold is my new Hero

Ok Crooks and Liars has the video of Russ Feingold on The Daily Show, and while he does an excellent job talking about the censure and holding the president accountable, even does a great job of playing off Jon Stewart's jokes. But there is a quick bit at the end that simply amazed me. He is on the commitie working on campaign finance reform and says that while they are making progress there is still a long way to go. He says a simple statement about public funds being used instead of private or commercial money. This is what I have been talking about for a while now. Ok I dont have all the details worked out yet, maybe Russ does, but the idea is that instead of all of your friends, or people that want to be friends with a senator, giving you money to go campaign. Instead the government pays for the campaign. this means everyone has equal money and it means that they can limit how long the campaigns last. It also means that a memeber of the house doesnt spend a year and a half out of their two year term trying to scrounge up money instead of working. Of course the far and away biggest advantage of this is that companys can no longer give any money to a politician efectively eleminating corprate control of the government. at least untill they figure out another way to get politicains in their pockets. As much as I would love to see the president censured I think this concept could have far greater lasting effects.

Thank you to C&L, The Daily Show, and of course Russ Feingold.

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