|03-19-2010, 10:47 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Twixt Hell & Highwater
The Lessons America Should Learn from Senator Kaufman
Kaufman is saying the kinds of things that real Americans want to hear and know are true. He's calling out our corrupted government and the pirates on Wall Street:
"At the end of the day, this is a test of whether we have one justice system in this country or two. If we don't treat a Wall Street firm that defrauded investors of millions of dollars the same way we treat someone who stole $500 from a cash register, then how can we expect our citizens to have faith in the rule of law?... Our markets can only flourish when Americans again trust that they are fair, transparent, and accountable."
But the key is "why" he can speak the way he can on Capitol Hill:
Leaving aside his personal character and wisdom, which we cannot duplicate, there is one very big condition we can: The absence of money as a factor in our leaders' decision making. Kaufman didn't need to raise any money to become a senator -- he was appointed. And he doesn't need to raise any money for his reelection campaign -- he's not running.
At 71, with a long, distinguished career in government under his belt, Kaufman is completely unencumbered by the need to curry favor and approach moneyed interests with his hat in his hand.
So let's all take a good look at Ted Kaufman. This is what it looks like when our representatives are not beholden to special interests, and are only serving the public interest.
We will never have the kind of government we truly need without intensive and massive campaign finance reform. As long as our politics are controlled by money, the longer our country will stagnate and decline.