When the Congressional Transparency Caucus was founded on May 10 2011, it published a mission statement that declared the beliefs of the caucus. Some excerpts: Transparency in government is crucial to our democracy because our government derives its power from the informed consent of the
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 as passed by the House of Friday preserves spending on extravagant weapons program that the Pentagon says it doesn’t want. It keeps open redundant military bases that are not strategically necessary. The money to pay for this wasteful military spending is being taken from older Americans, by reducing their health care benefits.
Yesterday, U.S. Representative Steve Israel introduced H.R. 5737, legislation that would remove federal retirement benefits for any “former Member of Congress receiving compensation as a highly-paid lobbyist”. Many former members of Congress, such as Newt Gingrich, make a killing using their connections as lobbyists to
Other Democrats are still considering challenging Gillibrand. Let’s see if they can withstand President Obama’s push to have the Democratic Party keep its hold on power by appointments rather than through elections.
Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?