quote: I contend that the issue isn't lobbying. Not at all. We *all* should have the rights to lobby our elected officials, and we should exercise that right. The issue is the size, scope, and power of the government. If we didn't tax everything, regulate everything, and subsidize everything it wouldn't matter if Solyndra wanted at $500M check from the Feds. The problem is that we've given the politicians an inch, and they take a mile. And the fools we are, we go back and give them another inch. We've been doing this for 200 years.If you want to decrease corruption (you'll never eliminate it), vote out the people who keep abusing the power we've given them. Vote out the people who keep providing handouts to others with your money. Vote out people who continually expand the size/scope of government.
quote: Bingo. People keep falling for the progressive shell game of demonizing lobbying and big corporations, while in the meantime grossly ballooning the size, power, and debt of the Government. And they actually support this tactic!Because of simple economic scaling, the larger the Government the larger the lobbying. Also the more centralized a Government, the easier to influence. It's a lot easier to lobby a Senator or two than 50 separate State legislatures or thousands of townships isn't it?But no, people like Mick and Obama will just hammer the private sector, hammer Capitalism, and hammer Corporations while offering us a fix that's more of the problem. A big fat Government cure for everything.
quote: Whoa deep breathes, please do not compare me to Obama or suggest our ideology is similar.
quote: Obama is a huge supporter of corporate pork and lobbying. He accepted a record $800M USD in contributions, roughly 50 percent from large donors -- PACs (unions, corporations) and directly corporate donations.
quote: collectivist ideals mixed with my general fiscal conservatism and social liberalism
quote: Jason all you do is hammer Capitalism. What am I to think? You write articles demonizing companies for not paying as much taxes as possible, even though it's legal. You classify lobbying as bribery and accuse the "rich" of forming a shadow Government that runs the country. I mean I'm not trying to offend you, but I see some serious parallels here in the rhetoric.On this issue what's so dangerous is that you've removed all personal accountability from the politicians, those who took an oath to the Constitution and country, and framed the argument so that the Corporations are solely at fault. And this is a theme you reinforce over and over and over again.