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  1. Patters

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    The scandals over the last few years helped cause the defeat of the Republican Party in the last election. Now, the Democrats have stepped up to the plate and passed what appears to be good legislation. When people like Russ Feingold, who is among the most ethical people in government, call it landmark legislation and when groups like the liberal Public Citizen and the centrist Democracy21 praise this type of legislation, an objective person has to believe it's a step in the right direction.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/08/02/politics/main3127592.shtml

    Although 14 Republicans voted against it, including the corrupt Ted Stevens of Alaska, it's good to see that it was passed in a bipartisan way.
     
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    Interesting.. but those in power seem to have ethics problems whatever side of the aisle they are on.. must be the water or something in it. Not sure it will ever be solved, money is the root of the issue.
     
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    There have always been reformers in Congress. People like Pelosi and Feingold are examples. Clearly, they saw an opportunity that not only would remind people of the the recent Republican corruption but would also enable them to line of the votes from their own party. It's certainly politically opportunistic legislation, but nonetheless it's still an important step in the right direction.
     
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    So Dirty Harry get to decide what is an earmark. What a Joke. Reid is as corrupt as Stevens. :rolleyes:
     
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    It's true, and they're not going to have the majority forever, any language that allows them to abuse the system is going to allow Republicans to abuse the system when they're in charge.
     
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    Regardless of its flaws, the bill is a good step in the right direction. It leads to greater disclosure, makes it more difficult for Congresspeople to collect gifts (including airfare on private planes), and denies pensions to Congresspeople convicted of bribery and the like. The fact that Nader's group considers it very good, though not perfect legislation, is a positive sign. Whatever one might think of Nader, I hope we all agree that he wants more honesty in government. He's not your typical politician.
     
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    Is this anything like "Term Limits"?



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    I never thought most politicians are corrupt. Some are, and it usually happens when one party is in power for too long. The same thing that's going on with the Republicans now happened to the Democrats in the 70s. I don't think you believe most politicians are corrupt because if you did, I don't think you'd be so loyal to the Republicans. Earmarks in and of themselves are not corrupt, but they can be. Fuller disclosure is a step in the right direction; only time will tell to what extent Reid and his successors abuse their authority. (I think your just envious because the Democrats passed a pretty good piece of legislation, which the Republicans certainly could have done years earlier and possibly even stayed in power as a result.)
     
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