How to make Congress more corrupt

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November 16, 2011
The American Prospect
by Jamelle Bouie  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"As part of his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Governor Rick Perry wants to 'Uproot and Overhaul' Washington, D.C. with specific reforms to each branch of government. ... Where Perry goes off the rails is with his call for a 'Citizen Congress.' Combined with sharp congressional pay cuts (and presumably, an elimination of most congressional staff), a part-time, non-professional Congress would be ripe for corruption and incompetence." [editor's note: Actually, this "citizen statesman" approach (Jefferson's paradigm) would improve on the "professionals" ... since there'd then BE no "political class" to wage warfare on the rest of us! - SAT] (11/16/11)  

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