June 25, 2008  ·  Lessig

So it has been a fantastic week watching my new member of Congress, Jackie Speier, do her work. The first was her strong opposition to local moth spraying. “[T]he USDA has the wrong approach,” said Speier. “It’s spray and ask questions later, and we can’t allow them to do that.” Exactly right.

Then she voted against the FISA compromise. (You know my view about that.)

And now she’s joined with a GOP-hero of mine, Jeff Flake (R-AZ), to fight earmarks. Speier: “The biggest surprise since I’ve been here have been earmarks,” Speier said. “I didn’t realize how insidious it was and how deep it ran and how accepting so many people are of it.”

Bravo, Congresswoman.

  • http://sethf.com/ Seth Finkelstein

    Unity!

    May Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have a similar outcome :-).

  • http://impeachmentwatch.wordpress.com/ impeach bush now

    wake me when she signs on to Dennis Kucinich’s 35 Articles of Impeachment.

    again lessig, you’re blind to the larger issues. Obama has abandoned campaign finance reform and will vote for the FISA/Warrantless wiretapping sellout.

    Impeachment, ie: RULE OF LAW is the only remaining issue for this country.

    if RULE OF LAW is not restored, you can have all the creative commons and public financing you want in a lawless country where the citizens lack the right to habeas corpus and are regularly disappeared…

    “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face — forever.” — George Orwell

  • http://hitekhomeless.net hitek homeless

    There are always a few congressmen like this. They’re young (or at least inexperienced), passionate about government reforms and strive out to make a difference, swinging at anything that’s near the plate. Unfortunately, you never get enough in place at once to make much of a difference before they become jaded, get run out of office by someone with more money or just get tired of butting heads with the establishment.

    So, good for Ms. Speier. May she have the longevity to achieve her convictions, and may her ideals stay idealistic.

  • http://bennett.com/blog Richard Bennett

    Jackie and I are on a first-name basis.

  • cow_2001

    Well, here’s one scientist who thinks pheromone disruption is a GOOD THING. A narrow spectrum pesticide in VERY low concentrations instead of WIDE spectrum (including us) pesticides in LARGE concentrations… seems like a good idea.

    This is my favorite post of hers regarding the anti pheromone movement:
    http://membracid.wordpress.com/2008/02/20/mating-disruption-pheromones-and-paranoia/

    Remember that hydrogen monoxide is a very lethal chemical. VERY.

  • cow_2001

    I’ve meant dihydrogen monoxide, not hydrogen monoxide. Sorry about that typo.

  • Jan Vilhuber

    I wish I could say the same about my useless bush-licking congresscritter, Rehberg. Sigh.

  • http://www.vectorpedia.com Vectorpedia (Rick)

    Jackie Speier is a first class congresswoman……….three cheers to her

  • dave nelson

    On earmarks… I’ve learned in industry that process always determines results. Here’s a better process: let the congresscritters pick some small percentage of the budget, say something less than 1%. Whatever that number is, gave half to each part of congress, divide each portion again by 100 (sentate) and 435 (house), and assign that amount of money to each critter to use in earmarks. This gives something to those who say representatives have an ear for local needs. It also puts a cap on the amount of money wasted, giving something else to those who abhor the practice.