Do-nothing pols do raise funds

Published: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Re "Do nothing can be progress" (Letters, Jan. 10): Letter writer Robert Anderson apparently believes that a do-nothing Congress can be a positive thing because they are not passing unnecessary regulations. This is like claiming that having a car that won't run is good because you can't be a drunken driver. The major scandals of the past decades, such as the savings and loan scandal and insider trading, have resulted from inadequate or unenforced regulations. And it's naive to think that when lawmakers out of session, they are out listening to constituents. When legislators are not in session, they are greeting lobbyists and deep-pocket contributors, attending fundraisers and otherwise chasing after political money.

-- Larry W. Smith, Sacramento

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