Against corruption

I actually agree with this:

We need equality under the law. From now on, laws that apply to the private sector must apply to Congress, including whistleblower, conflict-of-interest and insider-trading laws. Trading on nonpublic government information should be illegal both for those who pass on the information and those who trade on it. (This should close the loophole of the blind trusts that aren’t really blind because they’re managed by family members or friends.)

No more sweetheart land deals with campaign contributors. No gifts of IPO shares. No trading of stocks related to committee assignments. No earmarks where the congressman receives a direct benefit. No accepting campaign contributions while Congress is in session. No lobbyists as family members, and no transitioning into a lobbying career after leaving office. No more revolving door, ever.

This call for real reform must transcend political parties. The grass-roots movements of the right and the left should embrace this. The tea party’s mission has always been opposition to waste and crony capitalism, and the Occupy protesters must realize that Washington politicians have been “Occupying Wall Street” long before anyone pitched a tent in Zuccotti Park.

Remarkably, this is coming from Sarah Palin in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

I do think there’s opportunity for the populist movements of Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party to come together and oppose government corruption and the two-tiered justice system. Of course in this instance by Tea Party, I mean the grassroots base and not the Koch Brothers or Dick Armey front groups used to support any old Republican.

Of course, Palin’s complaints against government corruption would be much more believable if she hadn’t used her powers as governor to fire or intimidate personal enemies. Or if she and her staff didn’t obstruct FOIA requests by using personal email accounts for state business. Or if she didn’t pay herself to live at home while flying her children around the country on the Alaskan taxpayers’ dime. As an Alaskan taxpayer while Palin was governor, I’m not going to forget her own corruption and her own use of public coffers for personal enrichment. In short, the woman is a hypocrite, but what she’s saying today isn’t wrong, she just has no standing to make the argument against corruption.

2 thoughts on “Against corruption

  1. The Rove playbook calls for accusing your opponent of your own weaknesses (cf. Kerry’s war record being called tainted).

    To me, this seems a twist on that rule: have the arguments you fear most trotten out by somebody you know your opponents will not take seriously in the hope of pre-emptively tainting the message.

    I hope that your reaction will be the norm rather than the exception. I’m sure that there will be plenty people blinded by rabid hate of all things Palin who will now drop this line of reasoning out of fear of becoming associated with Palin.


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