The only way to truly and effectively take the money out of politics is to, as much as practically possible, take as much money (and the power that goes along with it) out of government and leave the money and power in the private sector. That means having as small government as possible, which many would oppose, because they want all all the benefits of huge government without paying the costs of it. That's a great deal of the reason we've accumulated more than $17 trillion in national debt. While that's related to this issue, it's another issue of discussion.
Let's examine this issue with common sense and remember that humans are generally rational beings and take the actions they do for a reason. When we lament about the amount of money and influence is has in politics, and about how bought and paid for our politicians are, as Dylan Ratigan of MSNBC did in that rant on his program, we quickly forget the reason why those with money, who want influence for their money, are so desiring to spend billions to buy Congress. It has been said we have the best Congress money can buy, regardless of which party holds the majority. But we don't ask why that is. What are they buying, with billions of dollars, when the special interest groups and influence peddlers are buying Congress?
The answer is, the one Willie Sutton gave when asked why he robbed banks. That's where the money is. That's why they buy Congress, because that's where the money. No one buying Congress doesn't make that “investment” in money without expecting a greater return. And it is you and I as taxpayers that are paying the greater return in that investment. So the only real solution is the reduce the size and scope of the federal government to the absolute bare minimum the Constitution requires.
When the federal government is reduced to its Constitutionally require size and scope, the Congress won't have all those trillions to spend in so-called “discretionary spending” and there won't be millionaires and billionaires lining up on K Street to buy Congress. That is the only way the money can be taken out of politics. Look at the perversion of campaign finance “reform” that came about as a result of McCain-Feingold. It merely moved most of the money from political parties to the independent Super PAC organizations. The money is still in politics, and will always be, as long as we have Big Government for the special interest groups to “invest” in. No campaign finance reform will ever keep the money out of politics.
Only reducing the size of government will do it. When Congress doesn't have all the money to dole out, the special interest groups won't be spending all their money to get access to federal largesse that Congress doles out if Congress can no longer dole it out. That's the bottom line. Small government equals less money in politics.
Yesterday's act of surrender by the GOP leadership, in accepting the Democrat-RINO “deal” to end the government shutdown should finally show us it's time to make a real and serious effort to clean the House, and the Senate, of RINOs. The progressive RINO Republicans and progressive liberal Democrats, along with the White House that is destroying this country, cut a deal to get what they wanted and screw us, the American people, in the process.
Erick Erickson's commentary at RedState this morning, titled “Advancing. Ever Advancing” is spot on right and it's a good start. He reminded us about the leadership provided by Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, and how we can send them more allies as senators by electing solid conservatives in the senate races in several states.
Erickson writes, “So we must advance. Two Republicans in the Senate caused this fight that their colleagues would have surrendered on more quickly but for them. Imagine a Senate filled with more. We have an opportunity to replace Mitch McConnell in Kentucky with a better conservative. We should do that. We have the opportunity to send a strong conservative from North Carolina and we should do that. Same in Colorado. Kansas looks to be in play. Chris McDaniel will declare his candidacy for the Senate in Mississippi. Conservatives will rally to him quickly. Tennessee could be in play too.”
While I'm not yet sold on Matt Bevin in Kentucky, who is challenging Mitch McConnell in the primary there next year, because it seems he might be more of a Christine O'Donnell than a Rand Paul or a Ted Cruz. While we do need to flush out the RINOs, it doesn't advance us if we defeat an incumbent with an entirely incompetent candidate who will definitely turn the seat over to the Democrats in the general election as did Christine “I'm not a witch” O'Donnell did in Delaware in 2010. But RINOs like Lindsey Graham definitely must be defeated in primaries with good conservative candidates.
We need to do the same in the House races too, starting with supporting J.D. Winteregg, who is challenging John Boehner for Congress from Ohio. Every members of Congress who under-performs on the Madison Project index needs to be challenged in the primary in an effort to nominate a more conservative electable candidate. In order to win, Republicans must present the voters a mainstream conservative vision of prosperity, freedom, and American Exceptionalism rather than big government, political correctness, and America as a nation in decline. Republicans don't win being moderate and positioning themselves as Democrat Lite.
Elections have consequences. We've elected too many moderate and liberal Republicans to seats that could and should be held by solid conservatives more like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Yesterday's cave-in by the GOP leadership proves that again.
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