Both Trump and Warren held very well attended rallies yesterday and each laid out their vision for attacking corruption in America.
Warren attacked large corporations and wealthy individuals for using their money to exercise outsized influence over government. She offered a detailed set of policies that included an outright ban on foreign government lobbyists, strict limits on stock trading by government officials and more ethical restrictions on members of the executive and judicial branches.
Trump attacked the corruption (his word) of the failed liberal establishment for undermining America’s sovereignty and cultural heritage. His called for his reelection and the election of more Republicans who would support his trade policies and who would support gun rights and immigration restriction.
This essentially provides two competing visions of populism: one focused on perceived government infringement on the status quo, the other focused on wealth infringing on government decision making.
Both candidates are speaking of “draining the swamp”. Here’s my question: to what extent is corruption in government a matter of policy – i.e., if we block gun control legislation, restrict abortion and reduce immigration will that address corruption? Or is corruption a matter of politicians putting the accumulation of personal wealth and of campaign contributions ahead of the public good.
Which vision of corruption is more credible?