Thursday, May 30, 2013

Quote of the Day (Russ Feingold, on Both Parties ‘In the Tank’)

“The truth is that because both parties are in the tank with these huge (campaign) contributions, no matter who wins our public policy is being bought off after the election. It has even happened literally in the halls of Congress. That kind of thing happened in the 1990s, before John McCain and I were able to stop party soft money. We had votes of, for example, 85–15, 90–10, where both parties were bought off on things like trade agreements, telecommunications, and, of course, the outrageous repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, which had more to do with our economic collapse than anything else. It’s happening again, maybe worse than before. To me, you have to broaden the frame to see that in the long run, this will be crushing to our democracy.”—Russell Feingold, former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, interviewed by Francis Fukuyuma, “A Senator's Lament,” The American Interest, March/April 2013

(Photograph of Russell Feingold taken August 2006, while he was still a member of the Senate.)

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