Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Those hated lobbyists

Oregon public and private sectors see dramatic rise in congressional lobbying
In the last decade, spending on federal congressional lobbying by Oregon government bodies and businesses has increased five-fold, from $2 million in 2000 to over $10 million in 2010, according to an
analysis of federal lobbyist data by Oregon Capitol News (OCN).

To all those who want to "get money out of politics" and hate the lobbyists and specials interests, the quickest way to stop this is to get rid of crony capitalism. If the government has less power they wouldn't need to be lobbied. 

But when numerous agencies have the power to either shut you down or loan you half a billion dollars it's only prudent that you spend a lot of time buying drinks and rounds of golf for our politicians.


Just Curious said...

Daniel, did you ever write the words "crony capitalism" in eight years of Cheney-Bush? Have you ever heard of Haliburton? Are you familiar with a little business known as the oil industry? And now that you've evidently looked up "crony" in the dictionary, will you now review the definition of "hypocrisy," and possibly apply it to your own circumstances?

Anonymous said...

Daniel isn't what we call a 'thinker'.

Ten Mile Island said...
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Anonymous said...

It's Bushes fault.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree on the “hypocrisy” charge above, but for yet another reason. Here we have Daniel griping about the rising influence of money in politics (which I agree is a problem). But whenever anyone (mostly Democrats) bring forth measures to LESSEN the influence of money in politics, right-wingers everywhere cry “Foul!” and remind us that “money = free speech” according to a Supreme Court decision that is popular with the Lars Larson crowd.

Daniel, you can’t have it both ways, bubba.

Why don’t you just admit what your hypocrisy already tells us: When money flows freely in politics to people, organizations or causes that YOU PERSONALLY LIKE, there’s no problem. But when money in the political realm flows to people, organizations or causes that you DON’T PERSONALLY LIKE, oh no!!! We must reform the influence of money in politics!!!

You know Daniel, sometimes I wonder if you’re actually a Democratic shill, who does this “Daniel” schtick just to make right-wingers look ridiculous. ‘Cause I almost hate to think that your constant hypocrisy and lack of any apparent capacity for critical thought, is actually genuine.

Anonymous said...

I think it's going a bit far to say that Daniel isn't a thinker. Beyond his obsession with "illegal aliens," he also thinks about: Football, guns, Chuck Norris and Ann Coulter.

He's a very thoughtful man, Miglavs.

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