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Old 05-01-2009, 06:28 PM
 
Location: The D-M-V area
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I'm wondering what everyone thinks about this subject because I don't think that there's an elected politician in Federal government who has not been corrupted by the influence of a lobbyist.

I don't believe that there are politicians who know how to stay focused and unbiased about an issue because of influential lobbyists in Washington.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:29 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Yes. Absolutely, yes.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:31 PM
 
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I'm wondering what everyone thinks about this subject because I don't think that there's an elected politician in Federal government who has not been corrupted by the influence of a lobbyist.

I don't believe that there are politicians who know how to stay focused and unbiased about an issue because of influential lobbyists in Washington.

I agree, some more than others but I would say that they all pretty much belly up to the trough.

The FairTax would eliminate them.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:32 PM
 
Location: New York, New York
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Absolutely, the money poured in by lobbyist is a poison to our political system.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:32 PM
 
Location: southern california
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1776 to 2009 when have we had fair politicians?
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:37 PM
 
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Because of lobbyists, 80% of politicians do not work for the American people. The other 20% are simply criminals.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:37 PM
 
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When you think about how lobbyists operate it's simply to persuade (usually with gifts) a politician to vote a certain way to benefit whatever group the lobbyist is representing. And a lot of times the politicians constituents end up with a raw deal. The politician lines her/his pockets and makes off with cash, prizes or some kind of benefit.

It really doesn't make sense to me that this garbage is allowed on Capitol Hill.

Those smug b*stards really get away with murder in DC.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:40 PM
 
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The thing is, though, there are a lot of disclosure laws in place regarding lobbyists and their contributions. A lot of this is open, public information.

And yet, people vote for these candidates anyhow.

What should we conclude? Perhaps the American people are simply okay with the idea of politicians taking money from lobbyists. Maybe that's simply not a big deal, in terms of how people vote.

Should we strive to make it otherwise? Are the voters to blame for not being educated or vigilant enough?
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:40 PM
 
Location: New York, New York
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Lobbyist also spread misinformation through political pundits, blogs and 527s which make it difficult for people to know what politicians vote for and what is really in the legislation proposed.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:44 PM
 
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Lobbyists have corrupted the American political process.
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