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  1. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago

    term limits

  5. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 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”

  12. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    And that is one of the communication problems Howy. Some of us routinely see the hypocrisy in both camps and want both sides to manup and do the right thing. Others just want to bash the other side for the sake of bashing.

    Whoever is in power is the biggest target. They all lie cheat and steal. They are mostly lawyers after all. We the People deserve better.

  13. JoeCoolLives

    JoeCoolLives said, over 3 years ago

    ARodney said, 1 day 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 wouldn’t be a distinction.”…
    ~~~~~~*
    Interesting query.
    I would submit that the corporation is legally making a donation to the public campaign organization of that congressman or president – not to them as a person. Also,
    It is legal to make such (legally-limited) donations to legally established political campaigns.
    On the other hand, the integrity of a judge is sacrosanct (cue the “laughter” card) and unless the judge’s position is both elective and in public campaign mode, no contributions are allowed as they might be construed as bribery (“Heaven Forbid!”). Of course, there are other kinds of contributions and donations which don’t fall under such scrutiny and are made all the time through back channels (wink* wink*).

  14. JoeCoolLives

    JoeCoolLives said, over 3 years ago

    @JoeCoolLives

    P.S. This and other frustrations regarding our political system are so ‘gamed-in" to our society as to be irreversible, an’ beyond any measurable success at cleaning it up…
    You might as well set out to reverse the rotation of the earth – you’d have as much success at that as with making HONEST politicians and judges out of politicians and judges…As cynical as it sounds – it can’t be done. They are the system, and they will never allow meaningful restraints on them. Try asking the elected representatives in both federal houses to sacrifice their pay for a year for the good of the nation…you could hear the crowing all the way to the dark side of the moon…The only sacrifice these men & women are into is OURS!

  15. JoeCoolLives

    JoeCoolLives said, over 3 years ago

    mickey1339 said, 2 days ago
    to
    @The Wolf In Your Midst comment:
    “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.”

    mickey1339 said:
    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…?
    ===
    Honestly, I would be all for such solutions as you suggest – I really do like your ideas…but who would vote such legislation into a bill, an’ what president would sign it into law? If it were to be a constitutional amendment, how in the world would it make its way to eventual ratification by two-thirds of the states?… And, what legal system would enforce it? OURS?
    That’s where the wagon of political sanity hits the potholes and careens off the cliff looming at the shoulder of the road…It just ain’t gonna happen – ‘Would that it could, …but our guv’ment is broken…an’ has proved beyond the shadows of doubt thoroughly and totally incapable of fixing itself.

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