crabtops wrote:The whole citizens united decision and the other most recent one that says that money is speech is absolutely asinine. Of course it's speech but what about the voice of the people with out money?
When one person (or corporation) spends outsized amounts of money, its no longer "speech", its bribery.
Weve created a system in which it takes millions to get elected, so politicians are beholden to those who can pony up that dough. Plain and simple. Its the same shit we outlawed here a 100yrs ago when anaconda copper bought and paid for the newspapers and the politicians needed to ensure its will would be done in Helena. Now that law is gone cause of citizens united, and we are somehow better off for it?
crabtops wrote:I would love to see term limits enacted along with campaign finance reform.
This I disagree with. Our experiment here with term limits created an ignorant legislature, carried by the whims of the day, with little to no institutional knowledge of long running govt efforts. It often creates worse outcomes and makes govt less efficient cause of all the time spent fixing the idiotic mistakes made by crusading retrads who dont really understand the issue they are legislating on. Rather than term limits, make it illegal to leave office to work for any industry related to a committee you sat on, or to lobby, for several years after you leave. Thats the one two punch to get the money grubbers out of it, not term limits.
If you remove the money, remove the legalized bribery, remove the revolving doors, you will solve most of the problems. A career politician who chooses that career cause he/she is good at it, effectively represents the constituents, and enjoys service to the nation is a good person to keep in place, not lose to term limits only to get a new guy with no influence or knowledge. Let the voters decide if encumbants are worth re-electing. We will see a much wider array of challengers if it doesnt take sponsorship of the major parties and millions of dollars just to get thru the primaries. Elections will be much more interesting animals.