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Originally posted by groingrinder
It is clear to me that lobbyists need to go. They have taken the lawmakers away from their constituents. If somebody wants my lawmaker to vote a certain way, then they should have to come to the constituency and make their case. Then the constituency would approach the lawmaker and give him their opinions. My lawmakers are supposed to be working for me. They do not work for the lobbyists. At least they are not supposed to. Lobbying is one of the things that is messing the country up badly.
Lobbying should be made a capitol crime. The only influence that Congressmen and Senators should be experiencing needs to come from the constituency.
Can we begin by identifying the lobbyists who are wielding such power?
The Phamaceitical Corporations
The Oil companies.
Let's start somewhere. Or has it gone so far it doesn't matter anymore?
You see, you don't have to challenge them to be revolutionary. You just have to stop playing their game all together, like you said. At that point, they lose their power because you choose not to let them have it.
Man is an extremely imperfect being, and although mankind has progressed technologically, its propensity for conflict has progressed even faster, as technology has enabled much more damage to be done to any attempt to ascend in a pure or spiritual way.
Originally posted by Springer
TERM LIMITS, it's the only way to "clean house". As long as we have career politicians in the Senate and the House we are going to get what we have...
We have Term Limits within our power, never re-elect the same Representative. Yes, it requires work in researching the other candidates, but I would think with what's at risk it's worth doing the work. Sadly it appears most of us US Citizens are too lazy to be bothered.
Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
Until there's real and meaningful change (not reform) of campaign financing -- and change in why campaigns become so costly -- there's no hope of eliminating special interest lobbyists and their money from Capital Hill.
Originally posted by expat2368
I absolutely agree. Obama is tearing the country apart anyway, it seems better to try to expose him for what he is and get it over with rather than have it drag out till the end of his term.