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Say What? AOC And Ted Cruz Agree On This Policy Aimed At Draining The Swamp

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Thursday went on a Twitter rant about how members of Congress shouldn't be able to get a lobbying position right after leaving. The most shocking thing to come out of insight: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said he not only agrees with her but he'd be willing to reach across the aisle and work with her to make sure this was a reality. 

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Cruz also reminded people that he has called for a lifetime ban on former members of Congress becoming lobbyists. 

AOC said she'd take Cruz up on his offer if he agreed to a "straight, clean" bill. 

In general, this seems like a pretty solid plan, depending on how the bill is actually written, should they move forward. Average Americans are tired of seeing this revolving door on Capitol Hill. A person gets voted into the House or Senate, they leave (at least on the elected front) but then they use their influence and contacts to advocate for special interests. The revolving door is, in essence, the main reason the swamp exists. People know they can get elected to Congress, serve one or two years and they're essentially guaranteed a job for life. And it's not what the Founding Fathers intended when they established our system. They wanted people to work FOR THE PEOPLE that elected them. They were supposed to be elected officials part of the time and spend the other portion of their time as normal, average, everyday citizens. The Founding Fathers never intended public service to be a full-time, life-long job. 

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