05/11/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Best Investment Money Can Buy!

This week, I did something I've really never done in my newspaper column - I went for the full-on, all-out sarcasm/satire to make a point about our economy and our corrupt campaign finance system. You can read the column here.

Without ruining the column, let's just say I try to put on my best Billy Mays. In the get-rich-quick infomercial that has become our economy, it seems the best, highest-yield investment of all isn't in any stock or business plan, it's in politicians and political operatives. Buy a share of Permanent Washington, and you are almost guaranteed to make astronomical profit margins - 22,000 percent or higher, in many cases.

It's a sad commentary, but it's also, unfortunately, rooted in verifiable fact. And the more we expose it, the more we're able to discuss ways of fixing this systemic problem. And remember, there are efforts to fix the problem - everything from the Change Congress initiative to efforts to pass public financing of elections.

Read the whole column here.

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