Ned Lamont on Government Reform
LIEBERMAN: We were all against the bridge to nowhere. But there are earmarks that are good. Is he against the earmarks I put in the bill for $50 million to decrease congestion along I-95, or the money for ferry service from Bridgeport? Those are good earmarks.
LAMONT: Alaska gets 10 times what we do. We're not doing very well on that front. But more importantly, I think we should outlaw these earmarks. They corrupt the political process. They are written by lobbyists & they're wrong. You support the earmarks, you work with the lobbyists, & that's what needs to be changed.
LIEBERMAN: The earmarks are great for Connecticut
A: I've tried to do it by example. I said that we're not taking any Washington lobbyist money. There's a quid pro quo there. Also, we've said publicly on a number of cases that we widely endorse the idea of a cap on spending. I think that is the key campaign finance reform. Longer term, public financing is probably a place we have to end up. These incumbents don't really get challenged. There aren't many folks who come along and jump-start a campaign, like I've been able to do. But I think with the blogs, grass roots, net roots, I think you'll see more populist types of campaigns. I hope that's an example people can take from our case. Because that's going to mean you have more competition in the marketplace, and that's always good.
A: It was three unrelated incidents. The Terri Schiavo case: I thought the federal government was intruding on our private lives in a way that the founding fathers never anticipated. Sen. Lieberman said the federal government has to intervene in a case of life and death like that.
Two, the bridge to nowhere: It was symptomatic of a government not serious about transportation or the environment; it was a government run by lobbyists and a bunch of career politicians who weren't speaking out. And the five or six thousand earmarks [in the budget] were symptomatic of a government process gone awry.
Thirdly, when Jack Murtha stood up: We finally we had a Democrat who was so well regarded in the military saying that staying the course is not a winning strategy in Iraq--and it was Sen. Lieberman who took the Republican talking points and said that these critics were undercutting the credibility of the president.
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