“Let’s face it: there’s no real question that the Trump era has given us the most nakedly corrupt leadership this nation has seen in our lifetimes. But they are not the cause of the rot—they’re just the biggest, stinkiest example of it.”
– Senator Elizabeth Warren
Warren made the remark when introducing her “Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act,” which calls for a series of desperately needed reforms to current practices. (And this before yesterday’s blockbuster news of the rampant criminality of former Trumpsters Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen!)
Fully enacted, Warren’s program would ban foreign lobbying, cut off campaign donations from lobbyists, require IRS release of tax returns of federal office candidates, put a lifetime check on lobbying by former presidents, agency heads, and members of congress, and establish an anti-corruption agency charged with enforcing ethics laws.
“Our national crisis of faith in government boils down to this simple fact: people don’t trust their government…because they think government works for the rich, the powerful and the well-connected, and not for the American people.” Of course the people are absolutely right, as are you, senator, to try altering this sad and dangerously anti-democratic reality.
The chances of enacting Warren’s bill into law anytime soon may be slim to none, given the very same self-serving corruption it aims to root out. That makes it no less the kind of position genuine public servants should stake out, and that social workers should cheer on.