March 10, 2005
The reformers' dilemma
By Bill Kraus
In an era of invincible incumbents, money-driven campaigns, and power concentrated in the hands of legislative leaders and governors who have the keys to the vault, the reform movement has little or no leverage on the political process.
But there is a lever available. It's called Initiative and Referendum. And it's a terrible idea.
But if the people begin to think that they no longer have a seat at the table, that the interests and the money have supplanted them, watch out.
It could be a terrible idea whose time has come.
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