Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lobbyist


If you've never seen the movie Idiocracy, stop what you're doing and go see it. It's a disturbing (and really funny) view of what our country could look like someday. All of the elected government officials wear motocross jerseys that display who their 'sponsors' are. Wouldn't that be great if all of our currently elected representatives had to display logos on their clothes representing all of the lobbyist groups they have received money from? Don't get me wrong, I'm not against people and groups giving money to campaigns, but I think it has gotten out of control. Isn't it a huge conflict of interest for someone sitting on a regulatory committe to be the supposed watchdog over companies and an industry from which they have recieved millions of dollars in campaign contributions?

8 comments:

  1. Campaign donations are strictly regulated. They're not as out of control as people think. What is out of control are companies who offer lucrative executive positions to former members of Congress (who happen to have voted very favorably on issues relevant to the company). Or companies who work cooperatively with businesses that Members of Congress have a vested interest. Campaign finance reform has done a halfway decent job of keeping excessive donations by wealthy corporations to a minimum. It's these untraceable payoffs that are doing damage.

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  2. And idiocracy is freakin' great!

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  3. some great clips are posted on the left

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  4. I agree with you Jake. I think they aren't out of control like Casey stated, but they are not very strict in my eyes. Also another great movie that everyone needs to go rent on this topic is "Thankyou for Smoking"

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