Transparency

transparency

When we know what's going on we can change it.

 

Knowledge

knowledge

The more we know, the better ideas we have.

 

Rationality

rationality

The more objective thinking we do the better decisions we make.

 

Compromise

compromise

We all live together and and depend on each other.

 

Three percent of Washington legislators used to become lobbyists after their terms. The most recent numbers show that 42% of ex-congressional representatives and 50% of ex-Senators are now lobbyists. Elected or appointed office is called "Public Service." A term (or terms) in office (or on the staff of an office holder) has become an internship leading to a lucrative lobbying job or regulated-industry position. For many people, the career path has become, first work IN government, then turn lobbyist and work ON government for special interest groups.

Not only does this skew government in favor of those able to offer these jobs, but it skews the behavior of the future lobbyists while in office since they are regulating or appeasing their future employer. Government office holders and staff members should be restricted from lobbying or trying to influence actions from businesses and interest groups related to their public service for five years or more until their residual power and relationships have diminished. Coupled with term limits, government could move toward governing rather than pandering to narrow interests.

“When I'm out of politics I'm going to run a business, it'll be called rent-a-spine” ― Margaret Thatcher

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