I realize it has been awhile and I want to whole-heartedly apologize my legion of fans (all two or three of them) for my absence. As you might imagine, I've been doing a lot of book stuff, but I've always entered into dialogue with our favorite Tea Party people from the north. While we disagree on a lot of issues, I found one issue where we (progressive type people) and them are in complete agreement: there is too much money in politics.
If any of them are reading this, I invite them to join us in our efforts to remove money from the elections. Interestingly enough, our dialogue didn't make it completely where it needs to go because we are still hung up on who gave to what. I'm past that. Most corporations and rich individuals give to both sides so they can hedge their bets. The donation of money itself is not so much an expression of free speech as it is bribery. Don't we expect something in return when we donate to political causes?
Here is my fairly simple plan. Like most plans, there need to be details added and I'll allow the peanut gallery to come in on those. Simply put, you can donate as much money to a candidate as you want while he or she is in their party primary. Once they are out of the primary, the general election is publically funded. Therefore, the parties can fight all they want, but in the general election, both must listen to the people. Here are some detail questions to work out and I welcome our tea party people to the discussion.
1) What threshold of signatures/votes do we want to use to include independents and minor parties?
2) Do we close the door completely on contributions to political parties? I say yes.
3) Do we keep a cap on individual contributions (or PAC contributions) in the primaries?
That is all. Have at it.