How can we clean up a government that works for lobbyists, billionaires, unions and special interest groups instead of the American people? This is my idea, not perfect, but a start.

First, eliminate special interest groups, lobbyists, billionaires, unions and the general public from contributing to congressional campaigns. All organizations, billionaires, unions or companies that have contributed to these groups over the years would be taxed a predetermined amount. Call it a campaign tax.

Likewise there would be a new minimal “election tax” for the general public, i.e. no more individual contributions. Then, all candidates would receive the same amount of money to run their election/re-election campaigns.

The media (TV, Internet and newspapers) would be required to give candidates an equal, but limited amount of commercial advertising. Before airing or printing, all advertisements would be fact checked for any unsubstantiated claims or accusations (racism, sexual assaults, etc.) If a candidate accuses an opponent of something they could not prove, they would lose a percentage of their campaign funds.

Plus, any incumbent would not be able to vote on a bill if any of his or his extended family is employed by a company that may benefit from said bill. Too many of our congressmen’s immediate and extended family members get rich from lobbying groups and companies trying to buy favorable legislation. Ever wonder how congressmen can make around $170,000 a year and leave Congress multimillionaires? Not to mention the generous jobs they get when they retire from the ones that funded their campaigns.

Something has to be done to clean up Washington soon. Just think of how much could be accomplished if our government was working for (and not just trying to manipulate) the American people.

John Schaefer

Trevor

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