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CONGRESS: Government is bought and paid for

Letter by MacKenzie Allen, Tacoma on Aug. 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm with 9 Comments »
August 1, 2011 2:46 pm

I’m old enough to remember when Republicans, though ideologically different from Democrats, actually cared about the well-being of America. And Democrats in those days were more concerned with doing good than with self-perpetuation. But that was when some semblance of civility in politics prevailed (Joe McCarthy notwithstanding).

Our government is bought and paid for, lock, stock and barrel, by special interests, none of which has any interest in the general public. Whether repugnant arch-conservatives such as the Koch brothers, extremist gun advocates or out-of-control labor unions, they all contribute to our downfall.

Nothing will change until we limit campaign funding, drastically limit campaign duration and limit access to government by lobbyists.

I remember, as a young man, having the concept of “lobbyist” explained to me as  “people paid to influence politicians.” It sounded like something we should be arresting them for.

I understand different groups have the right to express their concerns to elected officials. But it should be required that every request be done on video as part of the public record, totally and immediately accessible to the media and general public.

And I find it baffling that the debt extremists are champing at the bit to limit crucial health and safety programs but conveniently ignore the trillions squandered fighting two unfunded wars; one criminal (Iraq), the other horrendously foolhardy (Afghanistan). Where is their righteous indignation at the most obvious sources of our near-bankruptcy?

Or have they just found themselves a convenient hook to get elected?

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  1. Rollo_Tomassi says:

    “Nothing will change until we limit campaign funding, drastically limit campaign duration and limit access to government by lobbyists.”

    To hell with freedom of expression and the Bill of Rights, because you say so?

    No thanks. I’ll take vigorous debate over one-party rule every day.

  2. geeterpontiac says:

    Term limits would be a major step forward in breaking the hold lobbyists exert on D.C.

  3. Rollo_Tomassi says:

    Term limits empower lobbyists and bureaucrats, not politicians. A lobbyist or public worker can just out-wait a term limited politician on an issue of concern.

    Term limits enable the entrenched bureaucracy to kick the can down the road until the politician is no longer in office – which means problems get ignored, not solved.

    If you really want term limits to be effective, find a way to apply them to bureaucrats and public workers.

  4. lawrencejprice says:

    Rollo_Tomassi says:
    August 2, 2011 at 9:04 am

    “Term limits enable the entrenched bureaucracy to kick the can down the road until the politician is no longer in office – which means problems get ignored, not solved.”

    This is different from what has been going on for the last 10 years? If Congress would just do what they were elected to do, run this country, there wouldn’t be any unfunded wars, or an unbalanced budget.

  5. wildcelticrose says:

    As the letter writer said, “Nothing will change until we limit campaign funding, drastically limit campaign duration and limit access to government by lobbyists.”

    Exactly! We are being driven into the ground by “corporate personhood”, and our politicians (of both major party persuasions) being beholden to those who have paid millions for their campaigns.

    This is why I never bought into all the sappy, teary eyed “hope and change” BS spewed in the Obama campaign.

    Aside from the fact that I didn’t feel he had the experience to do the job/things he claimed to want to do, I don’t believe that someone can enact change the way the system is currently operating.

    The system is broken.

  6. beerBoy says:

    To hell with freedom of expression and the Bill of Rights, because you say so?

    So…..bribery is “freedom of expression”?

    And….where is “freedom of expression” in the Bill of Rights?

    And….outside of Supreme Court rulings…..where does it say that unnamed corporate entities owned by anonymous individuals are citizens deserving of full protections offered to individual citizens by the Constitution?

  7. xx98411 says:

    bribery is a crime…

    United States Code – 1 U.S.C. ยง1
    In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, unless the context indicates otherwise– the words “person” and “whoever” include corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies, as well as individuals;

  8. beerBoy says:

    If corporations are “persons” and corporations are legally owned by persons then – in the case of corporate “persons” – slavery is legal.

  9. xx98411 says:

    If corporations are “persons” and corporations are legally owned by persons then – in the case of corporate “persons” – slavery is legal.

    bb… I really got nothing for you on your response. absolutely nothing comes to mind…. sorry.

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