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Congressmen favor self-serving rules, like campaign spending limits

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To The Daily Sun,

The philanthropic Koch Brothers and the McCutcheon Supreme Court decision are both examples of why there is still hope for positive change in America. They offer hope for a stronger and healthier republic.

Conversely, progressive liberal types, epitomized by the likes of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, are apoplectic at the prospect of a slowdown in the 90 percent incumbency rate and an increase in fair and competitive political races. Pelosi laments the turning of politics into a "money war." Nancy, my dear, have you forgotten that unions have poured a mountain of cash into super PACS in recent decades? AFSCME ($60.6 million), NEA ($53.5 million), UAW ($41.6 million), SEIU ($38.3 million) in political donations from 1989 to 2014 according to OpenSecrets.org.

The ever-so-evil Koch Brothers were far down in 59th place with $18 million.

To be fair, the Koch Brothers contributed tens of millions to GOP causes while the unions spent about half a billion for Democratic causes in the 2012 election cycle. The Koch Brothers are an example of entrepreneurship, capitalism and charity at its finest. That Harry Reid has the audacity to attack them at every turn is a very nasty take on Democratic hubris and hypocrisy.

Star Parker asserts that the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court 5 to 4 decision is a shot of adrenalin to American democracy. While Pelosi, Reid and the NY Times claim that this gives those with the most money a corrupting influence over political elections, the opposite is true when viewed through the lens of objectivity.

New candidates do not have the money, fringe benefits, freebies and visibility of incumbents which explains the 90 percent rate of the same bunch getting re-elected time and time again. Ms. Parker notes that "limiting the amount of funds that free citizens can contribute to candidates, or how much those candidates can spend, just stifles competition and protects incumbents."

Betsy McCaughey reminds us that "members of Congress will favor self-serving rules that protect their own re-election and their big government agenda. The constitutional rights of opponents be damned."

When the progressive clouds have cleared, we can clearly see how the political culture of greed actually rests more within the confines of the liberal left than it does within the conservative right. The Washington "power scene" has become intellectually, morally and ethically corrupt. Let's get rid of Democrats and Republicans who have failed to live up to their constitutional obligations.

The "Supremes" got this one right. Had they voted against unfettered competition and free speech, we would have had "Nothing But Heartaches." But now, I think "I Hear a Symphony." Throw the bums out, throw the bums out. Here's a song for Harry Reid when his senatorial bullying ends after the November 2014 elections, "Love is Here and Now You're Gone." Let's be done with that vile incumbent theme song, "You Just Keep Me Hanging On."

Russ Wiles