A proposal to change the procedural rules of Congress is currently gaining favor.
This proposal would allow U.S. Representatives and Senators to vote anonymously. The idea, of course, is to finally give them the kind of privacy that regular voters enjoy in the voting booth.
The one obstacle standing in the way of this major reform has been the principle of accountability: With lobbyists underwriting much of the political process, it is understandable that they would want to control whether their money is actually well spent.
The current proposal appears to resolve this issue to everybody’s satisfaction. After each vote, a new, bipartisan Office of Congressional Accountability would give Representatives and Senators a voucher officially stating what their vote was. They could then present the voucher to their corporate sponsors to document that they did their duty.
“This is consistent with our most hallowed traditions”, declared Chief Justice Roberts. “This preserves corporations’ right to self-expression, while finally granting politicians protection from harassment by the press and disgruntled voters”.
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