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Romanoff should be a czar

Posted by Kelly Maher on July 13th, 2010
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At the Western Conservative Summit on Sunday morning, Dick Morris joked that the reason Andrew Romanoff didn’t take a White House job (and skip challenging U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in the Democratic primary) is that since he’s a Romanoff, he really wanted to be a czar.

On Monday, Romanoff proved him right.

At a MoveOn.org rally in Denver on Monday protesting the Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. FEC,  Romanoff talked about the undue influence he claims big business has on politics and policy - and portrayed himself as a protector of the people’s interest.

“It is a little lonely, as Ken was saying, to be the only candidate, apparently, in the race for the U.S. Senate in Colorado, and one of the very few in the country, I guess, who believes that people ought to govern a democracy.”

Does Romanoff realize that most of the “people” in a democracy also do business with big business - and enjoy the benefits of that commerce? But there was more…

“You can see the corrosive influence of big money on politics in virtually every area of public policy that we now face. You can see it in the debate over health care reform, when big insurance and drug companies were able to protect their profits at our expense; able to kill consideration of a universal single-payer non-profit plan and to wipe the public option off the table. You can see it in the debate over financial reform, when Wall Street banks were able to turn the Senate Banking Committee into a wholly owned subsidiary, and destroy consideration of the Glass-Steagall law and protect themselves as ‘too big to fail.’ And you can certainly see it now, in the most important debate that the Senate is not having, the debate over revolutionizing energy policy so that we can end our addiction to fossil fuel and accelerate our transition to a new cleaner renewable energy economy, that’s a cause worth fighting for.”

What Romanoff misses is that business interests lobby so intensely BECAUSE the government inserts itself into all aspects of commerce. When the government is bailing out some companies over others, regulating more and more aspects of industry; telling companies what benefits they must provide their employees (i.e. health care); and trying (and failing) to socially engineer our economy, businesses rightfully stand up and advocate for their interests.

Romanoff, who has spent much of his post-collegiate career in public service, may pride himself on representing “people” and not “special interests,” but many of the individuals giving him donations no doubt work for, do commerce with, and even own stock (gasp!) in, the private sector.  Separating “big business” and “the people” is a false division because business (big or small) is merely the vehicle through which people produce. The more government hampers that effort, the more the people behind those businesses will feel the need to advocate for their best interest.

What’s so misleading about Romanoff’s populism is his advocacy for an even GREATER role by government that would obligate businesses to lobby EVEN MORE.

[Post updated 7/14/10]

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  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kelly Maher
    Kelly, a co-founder of WhoSaidYouSaid, brings more than 10 years of campaign and policy work experience. In addition to her skills in grassroots activism and organization, Kelly has a knack for distilling complex issues into accessible messages that resonate with voters. Her policy specialties include health care, education, employment and tort reform. Follow Kelly on Twitter at @okmaher.

One Response to “Romanoff should be a czar”

  1. GammySparkles says:

    What about the unfair funding Move.On gets from Qatar - We need to follow the money to see where Soros and many other extreme leftwing nuts get their funds. We will find lots of infiltration into our nation, our business, from groups who only wish us harm.

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