Its confirmed: this form of bribery is gone. We need it back, so we can put the genie back in the Klein bottle. Congressional leaders must be able to keep your representative on the take.
Bringing back earmarks isnt enough, however. Government is also too transparent, or, as Ezra puts it, Too much sunshine can burn.
Case closed. More political bridge-trading needs to be done behind closed doors. Away from the prying eyes of pesky voters. Now, given the history of Democratic Party attacks on tobacco, Klein and other progressives may or may not demand that todays politicians also fill those capitol back rooms with cigarette or cigar smoke. Maybe e-cig vapors will be enough.
The reasons for all that ails Washington keep progressively coming. After slashing Republicans about 417 million times for being the heartless, uncaring tools of big business (too often accurately), Klein lambasts the GOP because . . . drum roll, please . . . you want to sit down for this . . . Big business has lost a lot of its power over the Republican Party.
Big business cannot yank the Republicans chain. Thats a problem. Really. Progressives are nonplussed.
Klein also offers lofty observations: The Republican Party has become particularly extreme and Ted Cruz (and others like him) has gained a lot of power over the Republican Party.
Then, Klein informs readers: There is no Republican Party.
All of which — obviously and unquestionably — explains why Big Government cannot give us nice things.
Last, and certainly not least, the wonks diagnosis goes to the heart of matters. Our system of government is cracking under the stress.
Look around, Klein counsels. Almost no other countries have our system of government. Thats because our system of government is pretty unstable.
Funny, the word unstable comes to my mind as well. Its no wonder its at the tip of Kleins prefrontal cortex: he, the perfect echo of the current unease. [references]
Paul Jacob is President of the Liberty Initiative Fund which works with citizens nationwide to put freedom-enhancing initiatives on the ballot. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.
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