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Sequester Congress
Posted by: Jon Henke on Friday, March 14, 2008

Megan McArdle:
I'm not distressed to hear that the Feds were spying on Eliot Spitzer. No, not because I don't like the man, but because I think maybe we should spy on our politicians, all the time. No probable cause, you say? I fling back at you Mark Twain's observation that America only has one distinct criminal class: Congress. Perhaps every member of Congress should be subject to warrantless wiretaps—except that the spies should be the American public, streaming over the web. If they need a national security exemption, of course, I think they should be able to get it one from an appropriate judicial authority. I'll even agree to a generous 24-hour delay to allow them to make their case.
I'm fine with hyper-scrutiny of elected officials. But I'll go one further: sequestration.

Hey, we do it for jurors, why can't we do it for public officials? Sequester them in Congressional quarters near the Capitol for the duration of their service, and let them talk to anybody they like...but it goes on the record, recorded and transcribed. Make an exception for immediate family and legitimately classified information, and I think we'd have a much better anti-corruption mechanism than, say, campaign finance reform.
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Not to mention less BS on TV...

And they would be less likely to serve for EVER...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Keeping them insulated from the voting public and in constant contact with Washington Insiders doesn’t sound like a formula for improving congress, fully documented or not.
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I’ve favored this idea for a long time.
Written By: Dave Schuler
“What a Business. You got it. You Sell it. You still got it.” Unknown Maadam

The State of New York had a Governor who could afford to pay too much for a Hooker. Big deal! He is a Politician and Politicians always spend too much for everything. if you don’t believe that look at the Federal budget Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once noted ‘Power is the greatest aphrodisiac’. The Spitzer debacle places him in the company of bounders ranging from actor Hugh Grant to Senator Larry Craig.
Q: Why do men name their penis?
A: They don’t like having their decisions made by a stranger.
Spitzer is one of a long line of luminaries who have become victim to “Viagra Syndrome” first noticed when patients taking heart medicine experienced cardiac problems. The syndrome occurs when a males has an erection. Blood and all capability of thought rush from the Head and Brain to the third leg rendering the victim incapable of making a rational decision. Fortunately this malady is short-lived and disappears rapidly after a time. The former Governor need not be prosecuted. Surly he will be persecuted for the rest of his life, not by the Feds but by his wife.

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