We should not choose our leaders based on their personal wealth or
fundraising prowess. Other qualifications are more important. We should
judge our candidates based on such qualifications as education,
experience, creativity, and ideas for change. I believe that the
reforms proposed by the majority of the Democrats in the House are good
as far as they go. But they do not go far enough. We need to establish
a system of public financing of Congressional campaigns and mandated
media coverage of Congressional candidate forums and debates.
The existing system is not only undemocratic; it prevents us from
enacting meaningful and desireable reform in a number of different
Corporate polluters and real estate developers contribute through their
political action committees to the coffers of both incumbents and
challengers, and thereby put a damper on any enthusiasm that members of
Congress might have for protecting our fragile environment. In a
similar way, the health care industry buys the attention and concern of
members of Congress, squelching any initiative that members of Congress
might otherwise have to reform our stressed health care system, and
enact universal health care.
We need to provide for the public financing of Congressional
campaigns, and we need rules that require television and other media to
provide the candidates with free news coverage and low-cost
advertising. It is essential that we do this, to preserve our
democracy, our environment, and the health of our nation.
In her campaigns for Congress, Deborah has had only one fat cat
- - Schmootsie. Here is Schmootsie, as seen by her surrogate mother,
Watch this page for Schmootsie's (and Deborah's) views on the need
for campaign reform.
Click here to read: Deborah's Letters to
This includes recent letters to The Montgomery Journal and The Gazette.
A letter from Deborah to the Editor of the Montgomery Journal
appeared in the Wednesday (July 18, 2001) edition.
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