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Reader Opinion: New campaign rules

In 1964 when I was just a young man, over three quarters of the public supported and believed our congressional leaders. Today it is less then one in five. Who would even want to be a part of an organization like that? I'll tell you who. People w...

In 1964 when I was just a young man, over three quarters of the public supported and believed our congressional leaders. Today it is less then one in five. Who would even want to be a part of an organization like that? I'll tell you who. People who are in it for themselves. People who want to puff up their inflated egos and get rich while doing it.

How do we change this? We need to have an independent committee set up, to rewrite the rules of political campaigns. Someone who would not benefit from the outcome. Congress has shown us they cannot be trusted to institute change and that most of their legislation is self-serving at best. Whether they intended it to be that way from the get-go or not, it is inevitable that they will end up that way. To be fair a lot of them don't like it the way it is, but they are powerless to do anything about it. They don't hold the reins, outside interests do.

We should choose a committee of 50 people, one from every state in the union. These people cannot be politicians but they should be people respected in their communities for being honest, straight forth and respected. I said respected but not necessarily rich or famous. The end result shouldn't benefit them in any way. They need to start with campaign finance and that's because-it's the rotten apple in the barrel that is the crux of all our problems.

When they are done, Congress, federal and state, would have to live with the new set of rules. No Supreme Court challenges. No vetoes by anybody. Without change we are doomed and to be truthful we are seeing the beginning of the end right now.

Mike Holst

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