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Average citizen’s position appears to be meaningless

Monday, August 17th, 2009   10:27 am | Author: Art | Health/Medical, Politics/Government | Add Comment
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A couple of Bloomberg writers, Jonathan D. Salant and Lizzie O’Leary, dug up some interesting information that may lead one to believe that an average citizen’s position on health care reform may be meaningless.


In their on-line article they point out that there are 3,300 lobbyists working on health care reform. And when I say working on it I mean trying to sway Congress in the direction of their clients, health care institutions, insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, etc.


If you do the math that works out to about 6 lobbyists for each member of Congress. The top ten lobbying firms by revenue (Patton Boggs LLP, Akin, Gump, Van Scoyoc Assoc, Podesta Group, Holland & Knight, Dutko Worldwide, Cassidy & Assoc,  K&L Gates, Brownstein, Hyatt, Hogan & Hartson) as well as many others have lobbyists working on this. 


The Center for Responsive Politics indicates that over $230 million was spent on lobbyists by companies and ..continue reading

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Forging coal lobbyists caught in the act

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009   6:17 pm | Author: freethinker | Politics/Government | Add Comment
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Lobbyists for the coal industry are forging letters and sending them to Congress to manipulate votes.


This would not be a big deal, although just as disgusting, if they just wrote letters and signed names of individuals but they took it to a new level.


They decided to forge the letterheads of the NAACP and Creciendo Juntos, a Latino non-profit agency. They targeted various House Democrats and urged them to vote against a House climate bill. And some of the Democrats did vote against the bill.


In the letters they appealed to the Congressmen on behalf of their supposed low-income clients. “We support making the environment cleaner, but the reason we are writing is that we are concerned about our electric bills. Many of our members are on tight budgets and the sizes of their monthly utility bills are important expense items. The cost to heat and cool our homes, run hot water ..continue reading

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