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".