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People are stuck on the notion that transparency in who donates how much is the solution. The solution is the opposite. Develop a system where donations to politicians can and must be made anonymously and any donation that is made known to the politician is automatically considered a bribe and the politician who accepts the donation is automatically forever and always barred from government employment.
Best column I've read in years.
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Obama’s Legacy is Death

sahlberg Wrote: Jun 02, 2014 8:50 AM
You have finally gotten around to asking the same question I have been asking for 5 years now, "Is Obama a moron, or is he a monster?"
The quest for transparency regarding political contributions is a fool's errand. The right approach is anonymity. The only real reason a contributor needs for a candidate to know of his contribution is that he expects some consideration from the candidate, making the contribution a bribe.
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President Obama, the Disengaged Scold

sahlberg Wrote: May 23, 2014 1:20 PM
You wrote, "The inescapable truth is he jealously guards against the disciplining of anyone in his administration, because it could reflect badly on him." I think it is more likely that he is afraid that the object of his discipline might turn into a disgruntled squealer.
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The Myth of Segregation's Return

sahlberg Wrote: May 16, 2014 10:17 AM
The solution to the problem of insufficiently integrated schools is so simple I'm surprised our progressive friends haven't already thought of it. Just force enough white/asian and black/hispanic parents to swap children until the desired racial balance is achieved. There- problem solved!
Two things to always remember about leftists: They believe that the end always justifies the means. Those they hate, they accuse of being hateful.
The left has always believed that the end justifies the means. How can anyone who has been paying attention be surprised by anything they do?
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The Growing Threat of a Wealth Tax

sahlberg Wrote: May 07, 2014 8:17 AM
We already pay taxes on much of our wealth through property taxes. Unfortunately, people have gotten used to paying huge taxes for the privilege of owning real estate and don't make much of a fuss over it.
You think Sotomayor and other liberal justices are so muddled in their thinking that they don't see how illogical their positions are. Probably, in a few instances you are right. But in the vast majority their thought process is simply this- "The end justifies the means."
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Liberal Pundits of the World, Unite!

sahlberg Wrote: May 01, 2014 1:10 PM
You wrote, "It's been deemed an 'important book' by a bunch of smart people." If you had used highly-educated rather than smart, I would not disagree with you, but calling the morons who consider Piketty's book important smart, was not very smart.
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