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September 16, 2014

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Legal bribery leads to economic ruin

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Doesn’t anyone find it strange that we prosecute anyone who attempts to bribe foreign officials as a violation of the corruption act yet we allow lobbyists on K Street to pay off our politicians?

It’s to a point where special interests get paid attention to, legislation is passed to assist these people and businesses, and they legally avoid paying taxes that they normally would have to pay.

Where in our Constitution does it say that it’s OK to legally pay off politicians by contributing enormous sums to their campaigns in return for favors?

Our Constitution says that the people can petition their elected officials. It doesn’t say they have to contribute money to their campaigns.

Is it any wonder that we are sliding economically and the country is so in debt? That coupled with the disaster of eight years of a Republican, Bush agenda has really set us back. It’s now at a point where, hypocritically, these same characters are now demanding and holding all of us hostage to their fiscal demands.

There is an appropriate expression for all of these actions: What you abuse, you lose. I wonder whether we will ever wake up.

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  1. It seems that about 50 % of Americans believe that lobbyists for powerful interests successfully lobby 'only' (bribe) Republican members of Congress to advantage themselves. The other 50 % of Americans believe that lobbyists for powerful interests successfully lobby (bribe) 'only' Democrat members of Congress to advantage themselves.

    This is 'exactly' what both parties want, and until 100 % of Americans understand and believe that lobbyists for powerful interests successfully lobby 'ALL' members of Congress to advantage themselves, we cannot ever move off the course we are on.

    Public financing of campaigns and term limits are a part of what must be done. It amazes me that when Americans watch as neither party ever proposes and supports term limits or public financing of campaigns, they can believe that this 'cancer' only affects 'one' side, but not the other.

    Michael

  2. Congress has a 9 percent approval rating yet we return them to office 90 percent of the time. We get the government we deserve.

    Carmine D

  3. I was with you, Marv, until you went off on the Republicrats. How can we fix the rotten core in Washington, DC, when many see it through an ideological prism and cannot bring themselves to admit both sides of the aisle are corrupt? I've contended for quite some time that "paid" lobbyists should be banned from making "pitches" to legislators at any level and tax deductions not be allowed for such activities. If an individual wants to "lobby" his or her representative, that's a right and no problem but paid low-lives who are shills and bagmen for those looking for financial gain or special favors should be banned.

  4. I much agree with Mr. Adelman. In fact, I believe lobbying should be illegal. Law makers should be responsible for educating themselves on the issues and then doing what is best for the country, and not what is best for the self-serving lobbyists.

  5. We all know the money mongers and changers have many of our politicians in their back pocket. Hopefully one day voters will wake up and vote for people interested in "country first" instead of just saying it.

  6. Vernos,

    Until enough Americans are ready to admit that it is not just Republicans in Congress and big business that are neck deep in the corrupted Congress but also Democrats in Congress and many other interests with lobbyists that are also neck deep in the corruption, we cannot get anywhere.

    You tend to blame Republicans, and with good reason. Others blame Democrats, with good reason. Both are correct but this one sided blame is what both parties want and we do it to our own detriment.

    Michael