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Righty: In a society dominated by left-wing media, we need the influence of lobbies in Congress to protect the interests of Christians, gun-owners, Israel, oil companies, unborn children and other groups whose rights would otherwise be trampled by the opposition.

Lefty: In a society dominated by the religious right, we need the influence of lobbies in Congress to protect the interests of women, gays, minorities, secularists, environmentalists, the Pro-Choice movement and other groups whose rights would otherwise be trampled by the opposition.

The New Moderate:

Lobbyists are little more than educated pimps working on behalf of special interest groups. I don’t know how they ever insinuated their way into the halls of Congress, but The New Moderate would like to show them the way out. If our elected representatives need to be educated in matters of policy, let them read Policy Review. Better yet, let them talk to their constituents.

Lobbies use money, promises, pressure and privilege to exert undue influence in the House and Senate. They essentially own most of our Congressional representatives, courtesy of thinly veiled bribes that fund re-election campaigns and pet projects. And they’re a self-perpetuating phenomenon, because each group makes its opposition group necessary. The reason we need an environmental lobby is, at least in part, because of the powerful oil lobby. If we eliminated the latter, we might not need the former.

The legislative branch of our government is supposed to be run by representatives of the people. Lobbies push the agendas of special interests, frequently at the expense of the public good. They’re a divisive, unsavory, illegitimate influence and should be banned. All of them. Period.

Summary: How did these professional influencers ingratiate themselves with our elected representatives? Toss them all out!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Taliesin Knol permalink
    January 8, 2010 9:31 pm

    Our government officials must now adopt socialism. All their worldly posessions shall hereby be confiscated and all their needs and wants will (still) be provided by the taxpayer, within moderation. Their confiscated posessions value will be determined by the government, and upon their removal from office, the amount of money they lost/gained for the country will be added/subtracted from this. Bush now owes us all his internal organs. Cheney… well, I’m unsure he HAS internal organs, so his dues will be subtracted from Haliburton.

  2. H Dubrow permalink
    September 29, 2010 3:53 pm

    Amen brother!

  3. joanne permalink
    October 27, 2010 2:31 pm

    Well said! It would be wonderful if decisions were made based upon information and education instead of who’s back is being scratched.

  4. November 2, 2010 2:35 am

    I’ve actually modified my position on lobbyists — just a little. I’d allow them to make occasional presentations in front of Congress and the Senate, but prohibit them from meeting behind closed doors and contributing to individual representatives. In fact, I’d go as far as to criminalize any exchange of money between lobbyists and representatives.

    That way, lobbyists could state their case (for the sake of educating our representatives) without gaining undue influence. Government by lobby has to end!

    • Indyguy permalink
      July 18, 2011 8:01 pm

      I agree. It’s okay to lobby, but all lobbying has to be done in the open, and must stand only on the merit of the issue(s) being presented. The money in Lobbying must go. It is legal bribery, and as you say, it must be criminalized. All other types of bribery of public officials are.

  5. July 19, 2011 11:39 am

    Indyguy: The big challenge would be getting Congress to agree with us. We’re asking them to give up a lucrative side-business, after all. 😉 Maybe if the issue is brought before the Supreme Court… unconsitutional influence over elected representatives?

  6. Dan permalink
    August 29, 2013 3:39 pm

    Rick, I find myself agreeing with you on almost everything you write on this blog. When I read your original position on lobbying, I thought that I finally found a difference of opinions. I had to laugh when I read your amendments in your later comments. So once again I agree with you.

    On the issue of not being able to get congress to agree with us on lobbyist behavior. Is that something that could be addressed in a general election? I can’t help but to feel that it would be a landslide vote against existing lobbyist practices.

  7. Lynn permalink
    October 20, 2013 11:14 am

    Ah-ah wouldn’t the voice of reason of the moderates be more clearly heard if there weren’t all those special interest lobbyist screaming in the halls of Congress?

    • Dan permalink
      October 21, 2013 9:41 am

      “Therin lies the rub”

  8. February 23, 2014 10:52 am

    Obliterate the lobbyists those money grabbing “sons of bitches” , have no use what so ever, and I am not so sure the news media is all that liberal after, Our local station was just bought up by Sinclair Broadcasting can you say monopoly with their own political agenda to defend big corporations in cases of pollution and I mean pollution in all manners

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