Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 3, 2011, 7:33 p.m. EST by lepto
from Little Rock, AR
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While I wholeheartedly support reining in Wall Street through reenacting Glass-Steagall, stringent regulations for investment banking and active investigation and prosecution of those who brought us our current nightmare; little of this has a chance of passing or, if passed, remaining inviolate without publicly funded elections and a block on the revolving door between government service and corporate employment. Accordingly, I suggest we add, as a plank to the Occupy platform, a well thought out plan for completely publicly funded elections. This means you can't even use your own money much less that of others. In addition all government employees, whether from the executive or legislative branches, must be prohibited from leaving government service to go to work for the same people who lobbied them or with whom they did business on behalf of the government for a minimum of five years (I could live with seven or even ten years). With the current conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court this may mean a constitutional amendment--and that is difficult, however, without something of this sort any patch put on government will, at best, be temporary and, at worst, will never get out of the starting gate.
With the death grip corporations and the rich have on our democracy the only chance we have, IMHO, is to remove money from the equation--as nearly as possible. If we do that we just might make it.