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Author: fingfool Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 10413  
Subject: Re: Political favors article Date: 10/1/2002 12:16 PM
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What ever happened to maximizing free speech and educating the voters.

What special interest groups donate to politicians in one form or another is correlated to the power that government can exercise over their fates. In today's political environment, placing more and more restrictions on the donations and speech of organizations and individuals will be met with more ingenious ways for these special interests groups to protect their territory. The final solution would then appear to be taxpayer financed campaigns with major restrictions on free speech.

In a democracy that constitutionally protects free speech and with a voting public appalled by the large campaign expenditures, one would think that those politicians that take the larger donations from special interests groups would be voted out of office and the public sentiment would gradually encourage those who oppose such contributions to enter the fray. What was the answer to term limits for politicians? Vote them out of office after X years if that is what you as a voter favor.

Quite frankly your efforts and blame are misplaced. It is the voter who must understand that bigger and more restrictive government encourages efforts from the controlled to steer that control in their favor and by whatever means available. The voter is to blame for not showing their dissatisfaction with the current situation at the polls. I think most of the real frustration is with the voters who apparently are not all that upset with the existing situation. But then I do not believe you will hear politicians calling the voters to account in these matters or, for that matter, a politically correct media. It is easier to legislate some restrictions so we can all feel good about the situation. And if politicians break this law, we will slap their wrists and mumble something about how they all do it.

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fingfool

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