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John Cox on Government Reform

Republican Party Chair, Cook County (IL)


Mixing money & politics causes corruption & partisanship

One of the basics is found in Matthew 6:24, which says that you can't serve God and money. And you know what? I think the same thing holds in politics. Right now, Washington is populated by people who are involved in politics to make money for themselves, to make it a career. I think that's why we have the corruption that we've seen. I think that's why we have the partisanship. I think that's why we have the failure of results.
Source: 2007 GOP Values Voter Presidential Debate Sep 17, 2007

Disallow lawsuits that stop public officials invoking God

Q: Would you support the Constitution Restoration Act that prevents federal courts from hearing lawsuits brought to stop public officials from acknowledging God in such ways as the Pledge of Allegiance, public display of the Ten Commandments, & public prayer?HUNTER: At the first Constitutional Convention in 1787, they began each session with a prayer with the supplication to God.
Source: [Xref Hunter] 2007 GOP Values Voter Presidential Debate Sep 17, 2007

Ok if church identifies candidates who favor its principles

Q: My church is currently under IRS investigation for "political involvement" due to my identifying politicians who support the destruction of innocent unborn children. Would you remove the gag rule from pastors like me & repeal the restrictions against churches from expressing our biblical convictions for or against a candidate?
Source: 2007 GOP Values Voter Presidential Debate Sep 17, 2007

Regulation should be governed by the free market

Regulation is necessary but should be governed by the free market. Regulators need to understand that they serve the private economy, not the other way around. All agencies should be graded on quality and efficiency. Regulations must make sense and not pick winners and losers in the economy. Rational legal reforms like loser pays are essential to keep our economy competitive.
Source: Campaign website, cox2008.com Jul 2, 2007

Disclosure is best disinfectant for diseased campaign system

We need more statesmen to enter politics, not more career politicians. The 1974 limits on spending have only cemented protected incumbents, who win with large networks of contributors. Immediate disclosure--sunlight--is the best disinfectant for a diseased campaign finance system. We must also have term limits for Congress, and repeal McCain-Feingold, which stifles free speech and has empowered liberal groups but has had no positive effects.
Source: Campaign website, cox2008.com Jul 2, 2007

Term limits for members of Congress

Q: Do you believe our Constitution authorizes term limits for members of Congress?

A: Career politicians are the reason our government has gotten much too large. Career politicians benefit when government does so much because they can manipulate government for votes. I would like to think that term limits are not necessary--that voters can exercise a free choice to kick out a legislator who stays too long. Unfortunately, with the media the way it is today, we need to enact term limits to provide some measure of perspective in our Congress.

Q: Do term limits need to be constitutionally vetted, and if so, where specifically are term limits authorized?

A: Term limits may not be authorized and may have to be instituted by Constitutional amendment.

Source: Interview with "Small Government Times" Mar 6, 2007

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Nominees:
GOP: Sen.John McCain
Democrat: Sen.Barack Obama
Dem.V.P.: Sen.Joe Biden

GOP V.P. Possibilities:
Gov.Haley Barbour(MS)
Gov.Charlie Crist(FL)
Mayor Rudy Giuliani(NYC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Sen.Joe Lieberman(CT)
Gov.Tim Pawlenty(MN)
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Gov.Mark Sanford(SC)

Third Parties:
Constitution: Chuck Baldwin
Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
Libertarian: Sen.Mike Gravel
Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Socialist: Brian Moore
Independent: Ralph Nader
Libertarian: Rep.Ron Paul
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