As former public officials, we are increasingly concerned about the role of money in influencing public policy. The U.S. House of Representatives is on its way to passing out major tax legislation without any public hearings. In addition, they leak out information daily about the possibility of major changes thereby preventing analysis and commentary.
This is repugnant in a democratic society. There are two certainties in the tax bill: large financial rewards to the Republican donor base and a massive increase in our national debt.
With this in mind, we issue the following challenge to House members who vote for this bill:
Publicly pledge to run for re-election.
This is the only way the public can express its voice on policies that are harmful to the general good and practices that are clearly undemocratic.
We are fearful that some members will vote “yes”, then announce their retirement to spend more time with their family, and accept lucrative employment from those who reap the benefits.
Walter F. Mondale Arne H. Carlson
Former Vice President of the United States Former Governor of MinnesotaDemocrat Republican