And You Thought Congress Cared About What You Think
We said it for how long now that Congress was on the take? Well, here is your proof. It doesn’t just seem like Congress is out of touch with the American Citizen, they really are. How else do they explain the numbers reported HERE?
Published on Friday, April 11, 2008 by Inter Press Service
Lobbyists Spend Record Sums to Influence WashingtonBy Abid Aslam
WASHINGTON – The old jab about the United States having the best democracy money can buy took on new meaning Thursday.
For every day Congress was in session last year, lobbyists spent an average of 17 million dollars currying favour with legislators and federal officials, the nonpartisan Centre for Responsive Politics (CRP) said in a new report.Corporations, labour unions, governments, and other interests spent a record-setting 2.79 billion dollars last year in hopes of influencing policy, the group said. This marked a 7.7 percent, or 200-million-dollar, increaseover 2006, also a bumper year for the influence industry.
‘At a time when our economy is contracting, Washington’s lobbying industry has been expanding,’ said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the 25-year-old watchdog group. ‘Lobbying seems to be a recession-proof industry. In some respects, interests seek even more from our government when the economy slows.’
Their efforts get results. The National Education Association (NEA), the largest U.S. teachers’ union, succeeded in blocking reauthorisation of President George W. Bush’s 2001 ‘No Child Left Behind’ law governing the running and judging of schools nationwide. Likewise, Congress quashed proposals to raise taxes on private equity groups, an issue of concern to the Blackstone Group and other private finance firms.
Even so, how much bang lobbyists get for their clients’ buck remains undetermined.
‘It’s difficult to quantify the return on this investment’ in lobbying for or against legislation, said CRP spokesman Massie Ritsch. ‘But generally, the amount spent on lobbying is small compared with the outcome.’
And now you know why your voice doesn’t count when these Congress Men and Women are having their palms greased so freely. I’m sure the rest of us would enjoy some of that money too if it were to come our way. Imagine the boost to our economy if this money were invested in the economy???
I think these Lobbyists and their donations should be illegal. That way Congress might actually do what is good for the country instead of what is good for their own pockets. Such a sad day to wake up to and find the people you trust are money grubbers and nothing more.
Everyone of these Congress Women and Men claim some kind of religious background. I wonder how they justify selling out Americans with their faith? Is their faith only good for them? Have they fallen pray to the elitists view that they are better than the rest of us and they are the ones that will be saved? I pity them in the end then. For man is judged by what he does, not by what he doesn’t do.
And did you notice it said “governments”? What governments are they talking about? It didn’t explain that part and I’d sure like to know who those other governments are. Are we talking foreign governments or state governments or what? Just some things to ponder on a Saturday…
~ by justmytruth on April 12, 2008.
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