Sunday, May 25, 2008

Why lobbying needs to be outlawed

When even the mainstream news makes it crystal clear how corrupt it is, there's an opportunity to weaken it.

I read an entry of Glenn Greenwald's yesterday that makes the point in more obvious, precise detail.


Blogger Thomas Joseph said...

For some industries (given my job I'm thinking mostly agriculture), I think lobbying is necessary. This is the place where they can bring their concerns to Washington ... because Lord knows, Washington certainly doesn't come to them.

May 30, 2008 10:22 AM  
Blogger Blake said...

I think lobbying is a right of any public citizen or company. When I say outlaw lobbying, I mean do things like make it illegal to get paid to do it. You may lobby, but only on your own time. Also, if you have ever served in government, specifically in Congress, you may never lobby any legislature or executive branch agency ever again. (Collaterally, when a Senator retires or is defeated, s/he should lose their rights to visit the Senate cloakroom, sauna, or anywhere else in the damn Senate to chat up and influence their former colleagues. It's like there's a sort of Skull & Bones perpetual membership in D.C.: once you've been in, you've always got a foot inside the government door.)

May 31, 2008 7:12 PM  

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