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Campaign Finance Reform
Special interests control Congress. They expect and they get to effectively write laws as the return on their investment in campaign contributions. The Medicare D law which gave the drug industry windfall profits by prohibiting the government from negotiating drug prices is one of many examples of Congressmen (Hobson in particular) selling their votes for large campaign contributions.
We must restore democracy.
I propose the following:
Web sites provide a very inexpensive (less than $100) means for a candidate to make his qualifications, positions, and views available to the public. We should move to an era where voters go to a candidate's web site to find out about the candidate. A candidate who presents his information in a straight forward manner and whose positions in large part correspond with a voter's desires should be favored. On the contrary, a candidate who presents no positions or only vague doubletalk and/or whose positions are not in line with the voter's desires should not be favored. The voter should keep in mind that if a candidate talks specifically about a large number of issues, it is unlikely that the candidate and the voter will agree in every detail. The positions in aggregate provide insight into the candidate's inclinations and integrity.
US Senate races should be similarly limited to
$100,000 times the number of House districts in the state.