The Hillary Clinton debacle we’ve all witnessed in the Congressional investigations into her irresponsible and reckless use of unsecured email servers is starting to give us a reason to doubt the ability or even the willingness of our justice department to stop the corruption of our federal officials.
In response, Republican presidential powerhouse, Donald Trump, has proposed some ethics reforms to seal up some holes in our system of checks and balances related to lobbying.
According to Breitbart, Trump said:
“If we let the Clinton Cartel run this government, history will record that 2017 was the year America lost its independence. We will not let that happen,” the Republican nominee stated to more than 2,000 supporters at the campaign rally. “It is time to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C. That is why I am proposing a package of ethics reforms to make our government honest once again.”
Trump stated his proposals:
I am going to re-institute a 5-year ban on all executive branch officials lobbying the government for 5 years after they leave government service. I am going to ask Congress to pass this ban into law so that it cannot be lifted by executive order.
I am going to ask Congress to institute its own 5-year ban on lobbying by former members of Congress and their staffs.
I am going to expand the definition of lobbyist so we close all the loopholes that former government officials use by labeling themselves consultants and advisors when we all know they are lobbyists.
I am going to issue a lifetime ban against senior executive branch officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.
I am going to ask Congress to pass a campaign finance reform that prevents registered foreign lobbyists from raising money in American elections.
Trump also demanded that Under-Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy resign amid allegations of his being involved in a quid pro quo conversation over the classification of Hillary’s emails.
If we are going to be rid of the incestuous relationships between lobbyists, special interest groups, consultants and executive branch officials it is going to be necessary to make some hefty changes in the way the system is run. Donald Trump wants to make those changes!