Report: Lobbyists Spend $17 Million a Day on Congress; Insurance Ranks Second

April 14, 2008

  • April 14, 2008 at 1:28 am
    Patriot says:
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    Criminal! This is why things are so messed up. The greed of the 535 sitting elected officials and the lobby groups buying favors.

    What a system we have.

  • April 14, 2008 at 1:40 am
    Independent says:
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    …and the Democrats control both houses!

    Just wait until a democratic president gets in with the democrats controlling both houses, imagine the further growth of lobbying expenditures, and eventual further government controls & regulation.

    Nuts!

  • April 14, 2008 at 3:03 am
    Sick of It says:
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    It doesn’t matter which party has control. Politicians go to capital hill as millionaires, and they leave as billionaires. All spending is geared toward special intrest groups. How could it not be? It is just packaged differently depending on which party is in power.

  • April 14, 2008 at 3:19 am
    TOMMY TAXPAYER says:
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    THEY ARE ALL ON THE TAKE. THAT’S WHY THEY SPEND SO MUCH TO GET ELECTED—IT’S AN “INVESTMENT”, DON’T YOU SEE?

  • April 14, 2008 at 4:10 am
    Mr. Obvious says:
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    This is one of many reasons we need term limits for ALL gov’t officials. To get them out of control once all the special interest groups have gotten their fingerholds. But then again, that would only force the special interest groups to do their pay-offs before they prop people up for election….oh wait, the already to that too.

    With the rise of technology, do we need to even have people in Washington? Why don’t we just do internet or American Idol polling to run the country. Let it be truly by the people.

  • April 14, 2008 at 4:38 am
    Just another Taxpayer says:
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    The reason the system is so messed up is the about 50+years of appethitic behavior of most of our citizens.” What Can I Do, I am Just One Voter,” has been the cry for as long as I can remember. Its about time the voters took this country back. What would happen if they ran a group of insiders and the votes all were placed for Mickey Mouse…I guess he couldn’t serve…He probably doesn’t have U.S. Citenship. Just a thought..what if politicians were used in the place of lab rats..They breed faster and you sure don’t get attached to them…UM…

  • April 15, 2008 at 7:56 am
    Dread says:
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    Anybody who thinks American voters determine who gets elected probably still believes in the Easter Bunny. This is a problem of epidemic proportion and starts with the presidential election process. Our political system is has become a joke with its individual state procedures and “super” delegates. What the hell is that all about? Why should any one delgate carry more weight than the other? In the final analysis, they don’t have to vote as the voters wish.

    The only equitable solution is a popular vote. No more of one candidate taking all the electoral votes in a state just because they won a majority. This isn’t going to happen because of the “special interest” groups. We’re doomed to accept whatever idiots the people with big money put in office. That’s just a fact.

  • April 15, 2008 at 3:15 am
    Also sick of it says:
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    I agree. Sadly, there is a fatal flaw in our system, there is no way to make laws to control the lawmakers, obviously, they are not going to pass any laws restricting lobbyists. The most obvious sad result is our nation’s health, courtesy of the pharmaceutical and medical industry. Overprescribed and overpriced, and the gorilla does its best to stomp out any alternatives.
    Unfortunately, our Founding Fathers must have wrongly assumed that elected officials would be honorable and actually serve their country ?

  • April 15, 2008 at 3:21 am
    Nobody Important says:
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    The funny thing is, most of our public officials are decent and honorable people. It just depends on how high up the food chain you go. The higher the office, the more the chance you get the money and power hungry individuals. The local and state people in office generally are just doing their public duty. Not all, but most.



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