Wednesday, January 18, 2006


What a joke.

The lobbying "reform" bill proposed by the House GOP - and led by Dennis Hastert - has a huge loophole as reported in today's Washington Post:
According to lobbyists and ethics experts, even if Hastert's proposal is enacted, members of Congress and their staffs could still travel the world on an interest group's expense and eat steak on a lobbyist's account at the priciest restaurants in Washington.

The only requirement would be that whenever a lobbyist pays the bill, he or she must also hand the lawmaker a campaign contribution. Then the transaction would be perfectly okay.

"That's a big hole if they don't address campaign finance," said Joel Jankowsky, the lobbying chief of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, one of the capital's largest lobbying outfits.
Did you catch that? Now all the the lobbyists have to do is make a nice fat campaign contribution to Tom DeLay after they take him on a $40,000 golf trip to Scotland and everything is A-OK. This bill doesn't restrict lobbyist spending, it encourages them to spend even more!

Calling it "reform" is the classic GOP approach: disguise it as one thing when it actually does the opposite. "Lobbying Reform" doesn't reform anything or help anyone other than themselves and their cronies. It's just like the "Clear Skies Initiative" that pollutes the air and reduces restrictions on coal-fired factory emissions; the "Healthy Forest Initiative" that promotes the cutting of trees; the "No Child Left Behind Act" that leaves kids behind; and the "Bankruptcy Reform" bill that hurts the poor while enabling banks to reap larger profits.

Their greed knows no limits. They're just pigs feeding at the public teat


Anonymous Anonymous said...

CNN = Credible News NOT !

12:32 PM  
Blogger The Ringmaster said...

Agreed. They're bottom feeders, now.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please do not stoop so low as to insult pigs. Try "Viruses" or "Parasites"....

5:15 PM  

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