Monday, March 12, 2018
Sunday, March 11, 2018
If you've ever wondered how it is specifically that money corrupts the legislative process in Congress, my interview at SXSW with Beto O'Rourke this weekend is online now. He talked about what it means to do "call time," what "party dues" are and what sticks and carrots party leaders use to make sure a new member of Congress gets with the program. It's not as simple as it's made out to be in the press, but it's important to understand.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
The Center for Public Integrity gives Maryland a D on public integrity. It ranks 22nd among the 50 states.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
If proof of citizenship is allowed by the courts, it could block a huge number of citizens from voting.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
There is clearly need of supervision—need to possess the power of regulation of these great corporations through the representatives of the public wherever, as in our own country at the present time, business corporations become so very powerful alike for beneficent work and for work that is not always beneficent. It is idle to say that there is no need for such supervision. There is, and a sufficient warrant for it is to be found in any one of the admitted evils appertaining to them.” Such government controls are rightfully difficult to put in place, Roosevelt says, because of the constitutional guarantees afforded both individuals and corporate entities, and because of the disparity of laws enacted in the various states. However, “I believe that the nation must assume this power of control by legislation; if necessary by constitutional amendment,” he says.
“We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” – Louis Brandeis