March 6, 2008
Lessig to "Change Congress"
The new incarnation of Larry Lessig (I have to admit I will miss the old Larry Lessig) will launch a new site:
Lessig will concentrate on building a new Web site: www.change-congress.org. The site will include a tool that will allow Congressional candidates to select their level of commitment to the Change Congress reforms, an application that will enable people to make donations to candidates who have committed to reform and a Web page that will encourage people to run against candidates who do not support reforms.I don't know what the reforms will be, but this piece suggests that anti-ear marks will be one of them. My vote for what a Change Congress commitment should include: redistricting reform. It would be nice for the people to choose their representatives, rather than the other way around. With competitive congressional elections, something we simply don't have in the US Congress, many problems of corruption will be addressed. Elections are meant to hold politicians accountable, but with a 98% reelection rate, it's no wonder politicians don't feel accountable to anyone. I'm not saying that will fix all problems, but competitiveness in politics is where I'd start.
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