The technical meaning of draining a swamp is to keep mosquito populations low to combat malaria and removing dangerous reptiles. Draining the swamp is an appropriate metaphor for Washington DC and state Capitols. Washington DC and state capitols have become cesspools where some feed off others living outside of the swamp. The swamp creatures prosper inside the swamp, but their harm is spread far and wide and if you get near the swamp you will probably get bitten by a swamp creature.
What causes a swamp? The increasing power of government has created the swamp. A government that can own property, take taxes out of our paychecks, regulate us, only increases the power of government.
When government has that much power it creates a perverse incentive for certain interests to take advantage of that power for their own benefit. Big well financed Special interest will seek special benefits, such as regulations that only serve to cut out competition from small businesses. Entrenched government agency bureaucrats seek job security and more money.
You cannot drain the swamp when you have lived in the swamp too long and you are planning to stay in the swamp and are looking to get elected to new and bigger swamps. The prospect of power and influence create incumbent swamp dwellers that lose focus of who they are really serving. They begin to serve themselves and their personal interests, not those of the people who elected them.
Career politicians, no matter how conservative, will not be able to effectively drain the swamp, they soon realize that the swamp is what keeps them in office. You cannot drain the swamp, when the special interest swamp creatures donate millions of dollars to legislator Political Committees.
Election law in Florida allows candidates and elected officials to open and operate a “political committee”. These political committees can accept unlimited contributions and spend unlimited amounts of money. This has made the traditional candidate campaign account with limits on contributions meaningless.
Transparency has been lost with the proliferation of political committees being formed in Florida and their ability to move money around to operate in the shadows. Special interests can hide the millions of dollars they use to control legislation that benefits their own self-interest at our expense. The special interest controlling Tallahassee hide in the shadows because election laws allow political committees to transfer money to another one, setting up a shell game that makes it tough to track the original donor.
Government has an interest in providing the electorate with information about election-related spending sources. That transparency enables the electorate to make informed decisions and give proper weight to different messages.
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