Monday, January 22, 2007

Great article by my friend Zach Roth of the Washington Monthly on public financing of elections, and how it is not only the right thing to do, but would be in Democrats' interests politically for a number of reasons (won't have to kowtow to corporate types, hits a GOP funding base, can actually look in the mirror without seeing Ken Lay's corpse, etc.).

On a related note, it is amazing to see in so many instances that certain Democrats cannot seem to pick up a history book and have any clue about the power of issues like this to appeal to people in a populist way (I'm talking to you Ben Nelson, who can't even find a populist position on this ridiculous war, even though people are overwhelmingly against it). Sell public financing as anti-corruption and anti-corporation, and you'd see how well it would do.

Too many Democrats are still mired in the culture of Reagan/Gingrich/Bush, afraid of there own shadow and scared of being called liberal on economics, war...almost anything. How the hell do they think Medicare, Social Security, etc. ever passed if people did not support programs like this, and if Republicans could not be linked to corruption like Ann Coulter and genital warts or Mark Foley and The Goonies?

10 Comments:

At 12:11 AM, Blogger gary198378 said...

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At 12:13 AM, Blogger Cliff in DC said...

Will do gary...I appreciate the comment and will definitely make my way over to your place.

 
At 12:15 AM, Blogger Cliff in DC said...

Um Gary, that was not exactly what I was expecting to find. Kids under 18, you might want to steer clear of Gary's site...

 
At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn Cliff. This blog must be getting popular now that the spammers are leaving comments.

With regard to public financing, i've always been amazed that organized labor hasn't been more supportive of it considering how often democrats stab them in the back. labor can't outspend big biz obviously, so i really think they need to get behind this which truly is "the root of the problem".

and i hate to sound like George Lakoff, but don't you think we might want to find another term for this other than "public financing". saying you support it would be like saying you support a tax increase. it might be good policy, but it SOUNDS bad. this is why John Edwards uses the word "investments" anytime he talks about a program that might require new "taxes".

Linguistics aren't EVERYTHING as Lakoff and Frank Luntz might have us believe, but I do think language is very important in shaping public support for many issues.

 
At 4:27 PM, Blogger Cliff in DC said...

Good point jambon. Read the article at Wash Monthly, my friend Zach actually talks about paying for it through a lobbyist tax, where lobbyists, political consultants etc would pay. Maybe we can call it "Lobbyist Financing" of campaigns.

 
At 4:38 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Cliff, I think you're missing the point... it's really FUN to be corrupt! These guys don't care about money, power, campaign funds -- they want to golf in Scotland and ride on planes in nice, wide seats with plenty of legroom. If public financing means riding coach, I dunno, might be a tough sell.

Then again, with public financing, and no need to go fundraising, maybe members won't have to check in with their district so much.

Keep piling it on, your TV work was the highlight of 2006!

 
At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT, but I'm afraid I have bad news: Dan Riehl has banned me from commenting on his blog.

It's a dark day for free speech...

 
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At 7:55 PM, Blogger Cliff in DC said...

Thanks for the compliment on the tv work Chris...and I will stop by tonight Fernando!

 
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