Cruelest cut

Deadbeat-dad Newt Gingrich wants to slash program for disabled children

Thanks, Mitch. According to national polls, 78 percent of Americans think that most members of Congress are more interested in serving special-interest groups than in serving the people they represent.

Which goes to show that you can't fool 78 percent of the American people. But that's no groundswell.

There are no congressional or electoral reforms that will make one iota of difference unless and until we change the way campaigns are financed. Our pols will continue to dance with them what brung 'em. We will continue to get government of corporate special interests, by corporate special interests, and for corporate special interests.

Watch the "reform" Republicans legislate amazing new telecommunications law. Watch General Electric lobbyists again draft corporate tax law that reduces the company's tax to below zero. Watch "reform" Republicans decide that regulating derivatives would violate sacred free-market standards.

Beloveds, until they reform the way campaigns are financed, "reform" is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Molly Ivins is a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Copyright 1995 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

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