Sometimes the news can be irritating. This week was no exception. The Missouri Speaker of the House said his first priority was "Ethics Reform".
From Dean Dohrman's newsletter:
"House Bill 60 is meant to help restore the public's trust in elected officials by limiting the influence of lobbyists. As the sponsor said about the bill, "We are trying to eliminate the undue influence of lobbyists on legislators in the building. That is the individually, personally consumable gifts from lobbyists to legislators. These are the one-on-one dinners; these are the press boxes at sporting events in the state. That's what we're trying to limit."Read More
There is a battle raging to grow government to out-of-control proportions. The home is ground zero. It’s not enough to continue with our armchair hand-wringing. Knowledge is power. If we can learn more about the issues, we can move the country in the right direction. You won’t hear the same sound bites constantly regurgitated on the evening news. We are here to cut to the heart of the issues and to explain them in an easily digestible and entertaining format.
Politics has become a dirty business. We have all heard plenty of news stories of elected officials involved in scandals, adultery and illegal behavior sending them to prison. There is an old line, “What’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?” With all the political nastiness, many wonder why a decent person would enter such a vicious arena. The reason is simple. I love my country, I love my family and I care enough about both to commit my life to preserving that for which our founding fathers lived and died.
Our loyalty must lie with the principles that made our nation strong. We must stand for the Constitution, limited government, and personal responsibility. Many office holders have let us down because they forgot to put those ideals ahead of their own political self-interest. People become disillusioned because they see people run on one set of values only to morph into different people once they become mired in the slime of big money and beholden to the lobbyists. We owe it to our country to change those people. We all have a role to play in our own spheres of influence. Stay with me and you will see that at least one person is capable of putting principles over politics. Together, let’s improve the state we’re in!