Here is a randomly-chosen page from the NASCAR.com driver pages. See the patches from all of the sponsors?
Now I know the elites look down on NASCAR, and that’s fine. The rest of the country looks down on the elites, so it all balances out.
But here’s a thought I got today in an email from a friend:
Have members of Congress wear uniforms with patches from their corporate sponsors!
The FEC has info on corporate donations to all those running for and holding office. I’m sure we can find a few thousand dollars somehwere to have the patches made.
In the name of transparency, let’s just force Congresspersons to be transparent and wear the patches on their clothes – or to wear a uniform with patches on it – of all sponsors of over a certain amount of money ($1,000? Not enough room? Maybe $10,000 and up?). Maybe we also could require decals on the doors of their offices like the decals on a NASCAR car? Decals also could be pasted on the fronts of the desks they use in Congressional Hearings so the TV cameras also could view them for the rest of the public.
CSPAN could run a crawler across the bottom of the screen whenever a Congressperson was speaking showing his/her sponsors so that, when he/she said something interesting, we all immediately would see the link to the sponsor and understand why that had been said.
Sounds like a good idea to me – transparent, getting the desired information out to the public, ensuring a more-educated voter franchise. We’ll all get used to the difference in appearance in a few years.
What’s not to like?
There’s no Left-Right bias here – everyone would be required to wear the patches and have the decals. In the name of more information about those who have chosen to represent Americans in our government. Of course, many politicians may not like this, but that’s OK. They don’t need to run for office.
What’s the opposite of PROgress? CONgress!