Tag Archive: lobbyist

Apr 12 2014

Rigging the electoral system for the rich

A poll conducted late last year found that more than seven in ten voters think our election system is “biased in favor of the candidate with the most money.” While nothing about this number is surprising — except, perhaps, that it’s not even higher — it does reveal the depth of cynicism characterizing Americans’ perceptions …

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Aug 16 2013

The devil is in the taxes-My foolproof plan will rescue our society from the sleazy grasp of special-interest politics.

While pretty much everybody agrees that the U.S. tax code is a mess, nobody does anything about it. Oh, politicians talk about doing something, but mainly what they do is make it worse. There’s a reason for this. You. You’re the reason. People, alas, tend to be greedy and selfish and their attitude toward taxation …

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Dec 13 2011

Influence Peddler for President

Gingrich, his lawyers, and his staff adamantly insist that it’s rude and crude to call him a lobbyist. By Jim Hightower Mea culpa, I misspoke, my bad. I stand corrected. I have called Newt Gingrich a lobbyist. Apparently, he hates that tag, even though he has indeed gotten very wealthy by taking big bucks from …

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Nov 09 2011

Foreign influence: Inappropriate for lawmakers tasked with shrinking the deficit

The supercommittee’s members shouldn’t accept campaign contributions from lobbyists representing foreign governments or companies. By Ben Freeman In his presidential farewell address, George Washington offered this warning to the young nation: “Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence…the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign …

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