snocone: coeyagi: I know many lobbyists are also lawyers, but it's high time we repurpose every lawyer joke ever made for lobbyists.What do you call a plane load of lobbyists that crashes at sea?
Nana's Vibrator: Surpheon: If the bribery problem is kept under control - and with the current state of campaign finance, it is not - lobbyists can be a very useful and valuable part of the government. They can make very expensive expertise and consultation available to our government, which is tremendously valuable in helping our lawmakers not fark everything they touch up. BUT the bribery issue needs to be fixed, and there needs to be lobbyists on both sides to provide balance (which is why I kick folks like the EFF and NRDC a few bucks).Call me crazy but when elected officials are listening to anyone other than the people who elected them and are doing anything other than representing their voters, they're not doing their job. An elected official having to pay attention to and be potentially swayed by a lobbyist or lobby group from another state is, in principle, a conflict of interest. Washington lobbies are run by and in favor of big business, who have practically zero votes yet seem to win every election and every vote on a floor, until they'rea) battling with each other orb) represent obvious losses, such as the tobacco lobby being in favor of cancer (though you can dispute the involvement of the insurance lobby).No?
meat0918: I've come to realize the rich have unions, and they are called lobbyists (and professional organizations like the AMA).//I realize the unions have their own lobbyists.
johnny_vegas: "whores" is not an option?
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