Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Projected Final Score: Lobbyists 1, American Taxpayers 0

After months of finagling the House of Representatives is set to vote later this week on legislation restricting lobbyists’ interactions with lawmakers.

By finagling I mean rethinking and watering down the most stringent elements of the proposed legislation. It’s been thoroughly gutted through the revision process, leaving it a big, stinking red herring.

Just as sure as the recent staff shakeups at the White House were meant to give the impression that Bush is ready for “reform,” this legislation is intended to distract the American public with a token act of reform in the House.

Sure, the president is cleaning house, but without sacking anyone with any real power it’s a meaningless gesture. Enacting toothless legislation is just as effective.

While many initially expressed shock and anger at the greed of Reps Randy “Duke” Cunningham, Tom DeLay and the like, many months have since passed, and the topic of the day has changed many, many times.

The bad news for Republicants is that more often than not it was some manner of blow to their ranks – NSA wiretaps, Dubai ports, Rummy’s woes, etc. The good news for them is that each of these successive stories buried lobbying reform a little deeper.

So, here we’ve got a distracted public with a short memory, and a GOP-controlled House that supports minimal reform.

A vote for the legislation as written will be a victory for lobbyists. Ordinary folks like you and I will never be able to compete with them as long as our wallets are small, and our elected officials are wanting of integrity.

20 comments:

Bill said...

To actually do anything to stop the Abramoff's would be biting the hand that put them where they are. So what they do is pretend to bite it, kind of like a puppy fake fighting. It's this sort of thing that gives dogs, actually man's best friend a bad name as in, that bill is a real dog. It's bitchin!

Faith moves mountains. No doubt about it. Let's see if it moves the mountains of lies and pay attention to where they go when they move them. A bill that dose not do what it is said to do is a lie in itself, a hoax.

Jack K. said...

If you want to read something that is equally disturbing check out political comments by David Brin. He always has some fascinating things to say, and he is a hell of a lot more eloquent than me.

Pete Bogs said...

bill - hence the red herring... they hand us a lot of those, too...

where is k9 when you need a comment from a dog?

jack - great links, thanks!

Bird said...

i took the liberty of swoooshing by the dog's house and leaving a message for him (i am, after all, a bird - a messenger) hahahaha!

my own thoughts - it's totally hopeless - why bother? (that's my mood today).

status quo will remain intact - on both sides of the aisle.

Pete Bogs said...

bird - you're right, but that won't stop me from criticizing their corrupt asses...

Bird said...

yeah - don't stop - somebody's got keep on top of this!

Bill said...

I have an emotional need to explain what my eyes perceive. This is not always possible. I like to say that I knew oil was the only reason to invade Iraq before the first shot was fired and I found that out from Rush Limbaugh. No, he didn't say it but what he said, which I can't remember now, triggered the thought. I think it was when he "bad mouthed" the French and Russians for making good oil deals with Saddam.

Iraq is a range war and the cattle barron now has the range. His horses are breaking their legs in the prarrie dog holes as his cowboys gallop across his ill gained territory trying in vein to defend his cattle from the rustlers. Who started the war? The cattle barron of course and not the nesters taking advantage of the good deal, the homestead act, a clear violation of the property rights of native Americans.

While he lay dying from the assins bullet, Grover Clevland remarked that the government was running smothly without him. That triggers the thought that maybe we could do without a president altogether. Important presidential functions like throwing out the first ball can be and were done by the vice president, Chaney. Vice president? Does that mean he is the president of vice? Why is his name always coming up when Iraq is the subject?

It's perfectly clear. Chaney attacked Iraq looking for an Oriental rug to sweep all the lies under. Now he finds out that Persian rugs come from Iran and not Iraq at all. The Iranians could save themselves a lot of grief by just sending him a rug, maybe. That's no more convuleted than lying about WMDs to effect a regieme change so they can get a good deal on oil. A few good men must die so Haliburton can have the range.

Pete Bogs said...

bill - I think you made a Freudian typo by spelling the Veep's name "Chaney;" as in Lon, a really scary mofo!

it's interesting you say we can exist without a president, as the president already views the Legislative and the Judicial as non-existent...

Pete Bogs said...

TYPICAL!

http://thinkprogress.org/2006/04/27/abandon-ethics/

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