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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Louis Brandeis
Writing a book that's boring yet also hair-raising is a feat. Susie J. Pak's "Gentlemen Bankers: The World of J.P. Morgan," full of charts, graphs and the dry prose of a doctoral thesis, studies the ways of the financial and industrial moguls who built their wealth at the dawn of modern American capitalism.
Prominently displayed in the front window of the offices of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) is Justice Louis Brandeis’ famous maxim, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” For campaign finance regulators, a corollary to this mantra is an even older proverb: “Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are.” The idea is that, if we have better public reporting of campaign donors, not only will politicians be less likely to grant special favors to their contributors, but voters will have a better sense of the politicians’ values by virtue of who their “friends” (read: contributors) are.
Transparency is demanded by those out of power and rejected by those in power. Witness President Obama, who ran as a transparency candidate in 2008 and then ran from transparency as president.
Democrats and liberals have a nightmare vision of the Supreme Court's future: President Obama is defeated for re-election next year, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at 78 the oldest justice, soon finds her health will not allow her to continue on the bench.
Before there was Scott Walker, Rick Scott, Nathan Deal or Nikki Haley, there was Arizona's Jan Brewer — the original Republican protest governor, going toe-to-toe with the Obama administration over immigration, fighting the White House in the courtroom and becoming an early symbol of states' frustration with the White House.
In encouraging the states to experiment, Mr. Obama didn't refer to Republicans, instead tracing the concept back to Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, who in a dissent in a 1932 court case said states could "serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country."
he said that sunshine is the best disinfectant.