How can we stop our (US) politician from accepting bribes that are disguised as speaking fees?


Thomas Breckinridge

Thomas Breckinridge


You can't *stop* people from trading favors and influence.

You can discourage them, with the threat of punishment if they are caught, tried and convicted, but that's a long row to hoe. Even formulating the laws necessary to frame the crime without wriggle room becomes an increasingly absurd task, an arms race of human cleverness.

The best plan, frankly, is the one our Founders set upon, which was to prevent politicians from having any influence to trade in the first place. A government that just barely has the power to to banal, uninteresting things like deliver the mail and pave the roads has far fewer opportunities for graft and rent seeking, as opposed to the monstrous mess we have now.

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Zev Sero

Zev Sero, Committed Republican who did not vote for Donald Trump

Answered Feb 9 2016 · Author has 1.3k answers and 883.7k answer views

The main problem with politicians isn't speaking fees, it's insider trading.

Glenn Reynolds has proposed a "Revolving Door tax"  on people leaving political appointments in the executive branch: for five years after leaving the government, they should pay a 50% surtax on any increase in their earnings over what they earned in their last year of government employment.      Perhaps a version of this could be applied to members of Congress, but beginning when they take office rather than when they leave: from when they are elected until five years after they leave office, 50% of the increase in their income over what they earned in the year before they were elected.  

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Denise Lanzer-Lerma

Denise Lanzer-Lerma, Social media addict but have many other interests. News and political junkie.

Answered Feb 10 2016 · Author has 136 answers and 134.5k answer views

Get a transcript and PROVE there was a quid pro quo. Only way. I don't think Hillary did anything wrong. She saw a chance, as others has done, to grab chunks of money. But, it looks tacky before you run for President, especially because I doubt she even needed the cash. 


Ronnie Shoemaker

Ronnie Shoemaker, Anarchist

Answered Feb 15 2016 · Author has 102 answers and 34.7k answer views

The politicians are selling favors (force) to the highest bidders. The only way to stop that is to take away the super-human rights (monopoly on force) that the "government" enforcers have so they can't sell favors. We can't just diminish the powers of "government." We have to completely get rid of the idea of "government."


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