Public financing of campaigns is an interesting idea, but limiting contributions and closing loopholes would have the same effect of giving challengers a fighting chance without tapping public money.
So we can tick off dirty politicos and anemic policymakers. One might also wonder how in a state like New York, home to epicenter of all media formats, such travesties could go overlooked. The fact is, north of the Catskills the reporting corps is spread pretty thin.
And even then, in all too many instances the media approaches scandals with a “boys will be boys” attitude. “Yet another high ranking state senator is being led away from his office in handcuffs. Now here’s Tim with the weather.” And before you defend reporters for not giving coverage to what has become commonplace, imagine how much play that story would get if it were to involve adultery.
And that leads the finger to point squarely at the public, which seems either too tired of scandal, too full of hopelessness or too vapid to care about its money being stolen. Reform doesn’t start at the top. It starts at the base. So look to your feet for this mess, New York. What will you do about it?