Contrary to popular opinion, I think Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich might be on to something.
Forget this stuff about campaign finance reform and clean money and the other efforts to clean up government. It ought to be clear by now that all levels of government in America are owned by special interests of one sort or another. Nowhere is that truer than in L.A.
So let’s stop pretending. Let’s just sell public offices.
Instead of the mayor and City Council candidates going out hat in hand to unions, contractors, consultants, developers and fat cats of various types and giving them whatever they want in exchange for campaign cash, let’s just put our elected offices up on eBay and sell them to the highest bidder.
At least then we would know who owns the office and have a pretty good idea of what they are up to. At least, it would bring transparency to government which would be cleaner and more honest than the system we now have in L.A. where the offices are sold to the highest bidders in secret.
Read the rest at NBC Los Angeles.