Demand an “Up-or-Down Vote” On Real Financial Reform

Richard Eskow

After more than a year of closed-door negotiations, the President and other Democrats have finally appropriated a Republican phrase by calling for “an up or down vote” on the resulting health reform legislation. Great idea – so great, in fact, that we should do even better on financial reform.

This time, let’s have an up-or-down vote on each of the vital policy planks that constitute meaningful reform. Instead of having politicians do their horsetrading in private and leaving the public vote until the end, let’s have a public show of hands on the vital economic issues of our time..

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