35,000 lobbyists in D.C. and counting

35,000 lobbyists setting up camp in Washington D.C., twice the number that were there just 5 years ago.

well connected lobbyists starting pay is around $300,000. that number tells me these folks are siphoning off a hell-of-a-lot of our tax dollars.

reasons?

experts say:

  1. rapid growth in government (a republican ideal?)

  2. republican control of both the White House & Congress

  3. wide acceptance among corporations that they need to hire professional lobbyist to secure their share of federal benefits

source washinton post, june 22nd, page A01

yet another feather in the cap of our clueless leader.

should the parents/spouses/children of the dead american soldiers in Iraq have hired a high-priced lobbyist to bargain for their loved-ones lives?

a side note…can someone please tell me something positive that has come out of this administration? i’ve been struggling to find something that has enriched the collective American society??? PLEASE don’t throw up some sick crap about moral clarity, christian values, etc… that should be left to your pastor, not the president.

p.s. i know the dubya supporters out there can’t resist bringing Clinton into every argument…ain’t gonna float this time…the numbers regarding lobbying during his 2 terms pale in comparison.

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  1. rapid growth in government (a republican ideal?)

  2. republican control of both the White House & Congress

  3. wide acceptance among corporations that they need to hire professional lobbyist to secure their share of federal benefits

yet another feather in the cap of our clueless leader.

should the parents/spouses/children of the dead American soldiers in Iraq have hired a high-priced lobbyist to bargain for their loved-ones lives? [/quote]

Don’t be ridiculous. Whether there are more lobbyists in Washington now or not, this is hardly because of Republicans.

  1. One of the core principles of the Republican party is SMALLER government…at least on the national leval. This does not mean that Republican administrations don’t preside over expanding bureaucracies…or any president for that matter.

  2. For as long as anyone can remember, the government has been expanding regardless of which party has been in control.

  3. Your third point is not related to a particular political party.

Cute Iraq tie-in. However, in response to your rhetorical question, the parents and loved ones of those in Iraq have the right to hire lobbyists. Duh. If someone thinks it is in their interests to have one, and they’re willing to pay, let them have one. Lobbyists have never come cheaply.

[quote]experts say:

  1. rapid growth in government (a republican ideal?)

  2. republican control of both the White House & Congress

  3. wide acceptance among corporations that they need to hire professional lobbyist to secure their share of federal benefits [/quote]

What experts? Please tell us who the “experts” are. Can you do this?

Re#1 - A logically apparent situation. If the size oof gov’t increases, more opportunities for effective lobbying will be presented. [b]Please clarify the statement/question “(a republican ideal?)” - What does this mean?

Re #2 - Is this assuming lobbyist only approach Republicans? Do you een know how the lobbying business, and yes it is a business, is conducted?

Re#3 - Uh…whats your point here? Are you making a declariaive statement? A point-of-information? What?

It s apparent that your post is nothing more than a cut & paste job from another website. And you didn’t even give them cred for it. Soething which is happenig more and more on Forumosa. tsk tsk tsk
To try to associate the bottom section of your post with the increase in lobbyists is a pathetic sham.
Rhetric is a clear sign of the depths of shamelessness to which those who oppose President Bush and the actions of the USA are willing to sink.
The only reference to morals your post inspires is the moral paucity from which it has came.

yes, i did cite where the stats came from…

in case it wasn’t clear enough:

article? “The Road To Riches Is Called K Street”
author? Jeffrey Birnbaum
location? The Washington Post
when? June 22nd page A01

Cowboy…

this statements shows that you missed the point here. obviously business interests are feasting off of this administration…the bush machine is hemorrhaging money to special interests at an unprecedented level.

tomtom…

wow, that is a remarkably creative thought…do you think that every soldier in our military should have their own lobbyist??

sadly, if they want dubya to value them, they probably need one. he has certainly shown more regard for big money interests. human life, on the other hand, is expendable…

translated: golden rule= “them that’s got the gold makes the rules.”