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  •  Yes, absolutely. (2+ / 0-)
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    First off, that's the only way that any kind of Beltway reform is ever going to take place -- if it closes the usual career revolving doors for both Republican and Democratic politicians.

    It's true that Republicans have managed to blur the lines of who gets to be called "special interests": that sneer is as often applied to NARAL or the ACLU these days as it is to financial lobbyists with clout several orders of magnitude greater than NARAL. That is indeed a ridiculous situation, and there's no way that you're going to convince me that a lobbyist for tougher environmental laws or greater protection for reproductive freedoms is as dastardly as any emissary from Goldman Sachs.

    But the fact remains that reform will only get passed if it is seen as scrupulously fair and even-handed. That means that Republicans are going to insist that a liberal Senator with a strongly feminist voting record not be allowed to go to work, post-Congress, for NOW or NARAL or what have you.

    But in any case, is that so bad? Politicians are put in office, in theory, to represent their constituents, and that commitment gets diluted any time a potential conflict of interest comes up. I would sooner ensure that all politicians are cut off from potential sources of corrupting interest than worry about what that might mean for some liberal ones.

    Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

    by Dale on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 04:31:23 AM PST

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