Good intentions, Abramoff and the Republican leadership
I had a conversation today with Captain Ed from Captains Quarters Blog . We talked about a number of things including a very worthwhile project regarding a WWII veteran and trying to correct a 62 year injustice that he has suffered. More on that in a few weeks. We also briefly talked about the Abramoff scandal. And I related the sum and substance of my blog entry and repeated to him that the only reason that influence is bought is that there is influence to buy. Enforce the 10th Amendment, keep those cretins in Congress true to their oath of office (and by the way kids, a Congressman is either a Representative OR a Senator...Congress includes BOTH houses- Senate and the House of Representatives), keep the chief resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave true to his oath of office and all that influence buying goes away.
So, when I see the Blogosphere calling for reform of the lobbyists (see Captain Ed's top entry), I say don't go halfway. Don't amputate half of a gangrene arm. Don't expect that what you've proposed will really work. To use Thoreau, don't cut at the leaves, chop at the roots!