There is a way to ensure that Congressional votes are honest votes of
conscience, and not a result of corporate donations. There should be a law
to this effect and - what do you know, there is - but unfortunately,
it is applied only to small-fries, not to senators ( See ³U.S. Code, Title
18, 203.² under ³Conflict of Interest Laws.² ) I must concede however,
that there is no way to stop these tempting legalized forms of extortion from happening among human beings, however honest.
So let Senators Baucus and Grassley accept a million or so dollars from the medical insurance companies - which do not want to see single payer or public option healthcare passed - and let Senators Imhofes and Dingle accept huge donations from the petroleum and automotive corporations, respectively - which would lose business if anti-global warming
legislation prevailed - but ban them from voting on bills in which their
donating corporations have a fiduciary interest.