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You want better?

April 7, 2013

Do you want better government? Going to Harrisburg and Washington to “throw the bums out” won’t work. The “bums” were elected by the voters in general election....

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USABorn

Apr-07-13 5:48 AM

"The answer is to encourage, support and elect leaders at all levels of government who believe in public service and in good government to run for office. Michael Bloomberg, an independent, John Huntsman, a republican and Bill Richardson, a democrat are a few examples."

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USABorn

Apr-07-13 5:51 AM

Have no idea why that posted!

This is Mr. Faust's idea of the kind of politicians we need in office? He's GOT to be kidding!!!!

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eriklatranyi

Apr-07-13 6:26 AM

First, public financing will only drive the bribery more underground.

Second, to cite the example of a billionaire, Michael Bloomberg, demonstrates the author's stupidity. Mr. Bloomberg can outspend any public campaign. I am sure Mr. Faust would love the Koch Brothers to run for office using their personal wealth.

No, the answer is transparency.....real transparency.

Every donation must be posted publicly. If the donations are not posted by the end of the quarter, the campaign is fined an amount equal to the total of its donations.

Make punishments for foreign or illegal donations severe.

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CaveFelem

Apr-07-13 7:25 AM

Michael Bloomberg? He's the finest example of a nanny government official in the country. Soon New Yorkers will be limited to when they may use the bathroom, and how many toilet paper squares they'll be allowed based on gender and what's being eliminated.

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eriklatranyi

Apr-07-13 7:38 AM

CaveFelem:

Buff says we have a fresh water shortage and is happy with any limits on its use, especially for toilets.

By reducing paper use, less water is required to flush, leaving more to drink.

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Ritty77

Apr-07-13 7:52 AM

"Now, I don't want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required." —Cheryl Crow (Liberal)

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msgjsheets

Apr-07-13 8:01 AM

You want to be taken seriously but begin a post on better government and use Michael Bloomberg as an example. Cut me a break!

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CMReeder

Apr-07-13 8:10 AM

Good letter.

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rick424

Apr-07-13 8:33 AM

Cheryl Crow (Cancer Survivor) Good letter.

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philunderwood

Apr-07-13 8:43 AM

Leave it to a silly person to complain about the system we have, and then propose more of the same system. Of course other silly people think it’s a great letter.

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enigma

Apr-07-13 1:25 PM

Public financing? One can only imagine the number of candidates and the lunacy of them if we had public financing. What we need is voters who care enough about he country to find out the truth about the candidates and not just believe what they say. Voters who know history, who know economics and some philosophy. Voters who are willing to work to make their own lives and the lives of others better, who vote for the good of the country and not themselves. We need voters who are more like the founders of this country. That's the only thing that will save this country. I wish I could say that I think this will happen, but I don't. I will however, continue to hope and pray that it does and to work toward that end.

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USABorn

Apr-07-13 5:51 PM

Candidates for any office should be allowed to accept donations ONLY from within the district he/she will be serving.......from school boards to state offices to members of the U.S. Congress. Donations from individuals only.....no companies, no bundling, nothing but individual donations limited to $1,000 per FAMILY.

The only office that should be publically financed is the general election for president.

Those who run for president in the primary should be limited to individual donations of $1,000 per family also, with no company or bundling allowed. AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, money from outside the U.S., unless from an American citizen and with the same $1000 limit, and with every individual listed publicly on the candidiates website, AND on their federal report.

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CHayes

Apr-07-13 10:18 PM

"Make punishments for foreign or illegal donations severe."

But then Republican Haley Barbour would be in prison, instead of Gov of Mississippi.

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CHayes

Apr-07-13 10:28 PM

And incidentally, the right wing Citizen's United verdict ensured that almost ANY political contribution is legal. Hel*, Sheldon Adelson gave $5 million to Gingrich, and more to Romney. It was all legal.

Thanks again Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Stevens (IOW, the entire right wing of the Supreme Court) for that fantastic Citizens United ruling. What a great service to make it legal sell the US govt, lock stock and barrel to the highest bidder.

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CHayes

Apr-07-13 10:30 PM

Citizens United did more damage to our country, by far, than the Sept 11th attacks.

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WKnapp

Apr-07-13 10:47 PM

I love it when the silly people write letters and comments. It means there's no need to read any of it, and it saves a lot of time, allowing more time for serious issues.

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WKnapp

Apr-08-13 6:11 PM

Nah. Delusionville is his permanent residence.

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Bufftrev1

Apr-08-13 6:26 PM

Excellent comments, Chris, as is customary..

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Bufftrev1

Apr-08-13 9:39 PM

Good for President Obama, chubby.. go Michigan!

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