Sunday, January 08, 2006

Trees, Orchard, Forest

Doug Thompson at Capitol Hill Blue is a favorite of ours. He is about as honest as you can get in Washington where connections are the key for politicians and the people who follow them around taking notes.

We choose to disagree with Doug's Rant today, however. It is the power and logic of metaphors that has him whacking down the orchard to save the trees. Had he chosen a metaphor about causes rather than effects he would have seen that the root and branch cause of corruption is the mistaken notion that you can buy First Amendment rights and that the person with more money gets more rights.

The key to fixing Washington is ... and always has been ... serious, thoroughgoing, no-nonsense campaign finance and lobbying reform. We can do this, you know. The best time is just as this current mess begins to peak.