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Matt Wuerker

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  1. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Of course this story is just a little bit (actually a lot) one sided in lambasting the Rep’s. They deserve it, but the article linked shows that a boatload of money, $141,000, was given to the Obama campaign and Amgen lobbyists were in the White House several times last year. One of their principal lobbyists is “Tony Podesta, whose fast-growing lobbying firm has unusually close ties to the White House.”


    So once more we get a fine example of American politics where both congress and the president are on the dole from K Street lobbyists.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/20/us/medicare-pricing-delay-is-political-win-for-amgen-drug-maker.html?pagewanted=all&r=0


    http://www.amgen.com/about/corporate_governance_political

    contributions.html

  2. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 2 years ago

    The fix for this sort of thing is so easy! Just remove all private money from the political process, and make it an act of treason to accept a single dollar for anything related to one’s political duties.
    Well, easy in theory, anyway… the cash addicts in the halls of power aren’t going to vote to shut down their supply, after all.

  3. firefighter_raven

    firefighter_raven said, over 2 years ago

    Needs to be like nascar where the congressmen have their sponsors logo’s on their suits.

  4. Nos Nevets

    Nos Nevets said, over 2 years ago

    term limits

  5. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 2 years ago

    For once at least I have to agree with you! If you really want to be a successful thief, “Never steal anything small!”

    Or become a lawyer, or even better, a politician!!

  6. Rickapolis

    Rickapolis said, over 2 years ago

    ‘One lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns’.- Vito Corleone

  7. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @The Wolf In Your Midst

    “The fix for this sort of thing is so easy! Just remove all private money from the political process, and make it an act of treason to accept a single dollar for anything related to one’s political duties.”


    It would be more than a theory when you extend the penalty to lobbyists giving the money and then prosecuted both sides of the transaction. Wouldn’t that be a novel change, politicians that hold the interests of the people above their own gain…

  8. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    If elected officials had the same legally defined limits on their “lobbying” and punishments, as civil servants, the problem would basically go away. Shut down 85% of K street operations, and you’d still have 300 times the number of lobbyists pre-Reagan era. It was deregulation in this area as well, that led to the decline in government ethics, as “conservatism” overwhelmed “public service” as a mantra.

  9. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @The Wolf In Your Midst

    A more doable fix would be to make it illegal for a legislator or staffer to ever become a lobbyist. Ok, maybe not a complete fix, but a good start.
    -
    an idea from Jack Abramoff, of all people. One of the things Ambramoff did was to offer staffers lucrative positions for ‘just a little tweaking’ of legislation.

  10. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 2 years ago

    How come any corporation can give $1000 to a congressman or president, but I can’t bribe a judge before he sentences me? It can’t be “money is speech,” or there woudn’t be a distinction.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I’m glad you see that now. Very good. We may yet agree.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Rickapolis

    One bank can have control of billions. Literally.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @mickey1339

    Theory is proven. Hypothesis is not. The British do it. And they limit political advertising too. 6 weeks only and the last week are none. Same add time etc. and they must be on camera saying their spiel. Not actors.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @ARodney

    “Some are more equal than others.” Animal Farm

  15. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    A Rodney, you are so right. like has been said
    “steal a little and they put you in jail.
    steal a Lot and they make you king”

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