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Obama's Lunch Money - A phony war on lobbyists.
Wall Street Journal ^ | September 25, 2008

Posted on 09/26/2008 5:42:14 AM PDT by Zakeet

The financial panic has opened a new front in Barack Obama's supposed war on lobbyists. "We're here," Mr. Obama said this week by way of explaining the cause of our financial problems, "because for too long, the doors of Washington have been thrown open to an army of lobbyists and special interests."

Talk like this is political elevator music: fuzzy and more or less constant. Yet there's a reason promises to transform the ways of Washington keep coming. To wit, would-be saviors like Mr. Obama are never willing to discipline themselves and their allies, only some other guy who happens to be handy.

So this week Mr. Obama outlined a few more ethics reforms, like requiring that all legislation be written in public and new contracting rules. "I will also institute an absolute gift ban," Mr. Obama added, "so that no registered lobbyist can curry favor with members of my Administration based on how much they can spend on a fancy dinner."

Mr. Obama must not think very much of his potential staff; apparently they'll be corrupted by as little as an expense-account steak. Congress passes this kind of stuff all time, most recently in 2007 as mock penance for Jack Abramoff. One result was the "toothpick rule," which lets lobbyists throw parties and serve food to lawmakers -- but only if they're standing up and there's no silverware.

Yet as rules beget more rules, the amount of lobbying increases anyway. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, there are now more than 17,000 lobbyists in Washington who spent a record $2.82 billion in 2007.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bribery; campaignfinance; congress; crime; lobby; obamabiden

For what it is worth, $2.82 billion (in a non-election year, I might add) divided by 535 congress-critters equals more than $500,000 in legalized bribes per politician.

1 posted on 09/26/2008 5:42:17 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

if it were not for being in bed with the corn lobby hussien would not have won Iowa in January and clinton would now be the candidate...


2 posted on 09/26/2008 5:55:32 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: Zakeet
The man doesn't have a clue. This crisis had absolutely nothing to do with lobbyists. It is a result the Community Reinvestment Act, championed by the Democrats, that forced banks to make loans to unqualified people. His intention in going after lobbyists is to make McCain look bad because Rick Davis once lobbied for Freddie Mac.

All the while, he is ignoring the elephant in his own room...he has Jim Johnson on board his campaign WHO RAKED IN MILLIONS AS A CEO at Freddie Mac. Then there is Franklin Raines, another Freddie Mac CEO. Not to mention that Obama himself is second in receiving the most donations from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Quite a feat considering his short time in office.

3 posted on 09/26/2008 6:00:57 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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It doesn’t matter if he has a clue or not. He spouts this BS and the press and other ignorant Obominites lap it up and love him all the more.


4 posted on 09/26/2008 12:35:19 PM PDT by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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