Throw the Rascals Out?: Part II – Thomas Sowell – Page full

The public’s opinion of politicians of both parties seems to have reached a new low. But no matter how much the voters detest Congress — or how justifiably — that does not mean that there will be radical changes at the next election.

For one thing, \”Congress\” is not on the ballot. Only individual members of Congress are. Most voters like their own Senator or Representative, often because of special favors that these incumbents have done for their own constituency — at the taxpayers\’ expense.

Add to this the so-called \”campaign reform\” laws that restrict the raising of money that challengers need, in order to counter the millions of dollars\’ worth of free advertising that incumbents get through ordinary media coverage, enhanced by the incumbents\’ sponsoring of ever more legislation, expanding the role of government.

The very longevity of incumbents in Congress makes it expedient for them to treat each other as \”facts of life\” — people with whom you have to \”go along to get along.\” One of their common interests as incumbents is reelection. This can lead to all sorts of bipartisan log-rolling legislation to hand out the taxpayers\’ money in ways that benefit incumbents of both parties.

In short, longevity in office can create more longevity in office. Moreover, this longevity can attract campaign contributions from special interests who expect something in return — if only a lightening up on government restrictions and red tape.

Many among the intelligentsia prefer to think of special interests as corrupting our dedicated public servants with campaign contributions. But Peter Schweizer\’s new book, \”Extortion,\” shows what happens as the extorting of tribute by politicians in a position to do a lot of harm to businesses that do not pay them protection money.

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Support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Michael Taylor
Executive Director :

Please support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797) and oppose all weakening amendments. This bill represents a common-sense reform of abortion policy.

“It is anticipated that the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797) will be considered on the House floor as early as June 18.

Please urge your Representative to oppose all weakening amendments and to support the bill. Please click on the link below to send your message today!

Because there is substantial medical evidence that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain at least by 20 weeks after fertilization, this measure asserts a compelling governmental interest in protecting unborn children from this stage.

In testimony before Congress, Dr. Maureen Condic, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Utah, School of Medicine, concluded: “In light of the scientific facts, the observations of medical professionals, our own experience of pain, and our indirect experience of others’ pain, we must conclude that there is indeed a ‘compelling governmental interest in protecting the lives of unborn children from the stage at which substantial medical evidence indicates that they are capable of feeling pain.’ And this unambiguously requires a 20 week fetus to be protected from pain, as proposed under H.R. 1797.”

Find your president and congressman:

Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA)
Assisted Suicide
Born-Alive Infants Protection Act
Child Custody Protection Act/CIANA
Conscience Protection
District of Columbia Abortion Funding
Embryo/Fetal Research
Federal Employees’ Health Benefits (FEHB)
Fetal Tissue Research
Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE)
Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA)
Health Care Reform
Human Cloning
Human Life Amendment
Hyde Amendment
Medical Training Non-Discrimination (ACGME)
Mexico City Policy
Military Abortion Policy
Morning-After Pill
Parental Involvement
Partial-Birth Abortion
Prison Abortion Funding
RU-486: Chemically Induced Abortion
Stem Cell Research
Terri Schiavo Dies
Umbilical Cord Blood Banks
Unborn Victims of Violence Act
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)