Source: We The People [Obama admin.]
quote: Another shining example of why lobbying should be illegal. There is no excuse for allowing any compensation of any kind...monetary, gifts, jobs, etc. - to be given from anybody to an elected official.There is no way that lobbying serves the interest of the public as a whole...it serves only the interests of the people paying for the lobbying - or else they wouldn't do it.
quote: The solution is simple and obvious: make all lobbying illegal. Then maybe our elected officials would even listen to normal individuals who don't have money to buy lobbyists...since everyone would be on equal footing at that point. We'll get around to outlawing political parties and disbanding the RIAA/MPAA later...
quote: who is going to make the bold move to ban federal bribery when everyone is taking bribes??
quote: I never thought I would EVER say this, but I agree with you
quote: You could also try to figure out a way to make the tax-phobic American populace support publicly funded politics.
quote: It's (usually) great for the economy to be run by the free market and dominated by corporations and the wealthy, but it's blatantly obvious how bad it is for democracy.
quote: The reason we put up with it, though, is that most Americans don't want to directly pay for it with their taxes, so we're left to rely on those that do want to, and more often than not those entities do so with the expectation of return on their "donation".
quote: Assuming you can even MAKE it illegal; If you make lobbying illegal, you have to actually be able to ENFORCE the law. For the most part, politicians are above the law. For example look at all the insider trading that goes on in Washington. Criminal levels of it, widely known and illegal, and nothing can be done about it.We've spent the last 60+ years twisting the Constitution so that all the power rests in the hands of elected officials. Who have NO term limits, who CAN legally make laws for the rest of us that they're exempt from, etc etc. We could go on all day.So think about it. You're asking the same people with all the power to pass laws, to pass laws against themselves. How exactly is that going to work again?
quote: I suppose it's fair to bring him (or perhaps one day, her)
quote: Until the majority of the public realizes what's going on and cares to change it, nothing will get done.