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Originally posted by schrodingers dog
Originally posted by PowerSlave
Is there any better reason to start a revolution and overthrow government?
The king is dead, long live the king?
There's a reason it's called a "revolution" ... think about it.
[edit on 11 Aug 2009 by schrodingers dog]
Originally posted by xmotex
They're all people's lobbies.
Talking about "the people" in a generic sense is never a good idea - "the people" are very diverse and have many different concerns and points of view.
The insurance companies - run by people.
The banks - run by people.
The government - also run by people.
Framing it as "group x vs. 'the people' " is meaningless - those groups are groups of people.
Originally posted by Moshpet
Name one riot in recent years that has succeeded in changing anything for the better.
Name one violent protest that has succeeded in recent years in changing any government's behavior for the better.
I can't for the life of me think of any.
Originally posted by whatukno
reply to post by ShiftTrio
People need to stand up for change. This last election was all about supposed change. We all should have known that was a lie.
Originally posted by rogerstigers
I heard about a coop of doctors who treat patients on the cheap. They take donations from the community and patients and do not accept any insurance. All patients are treated the same way you might expect a responsible business to treat a client.
I can see this concept of cooperative grass roots action taking hold. Why should we rely on the government. Just do it yourselves. Course I know the real answer is that it is hard and people tend to be lazy these days. Still, it would be nice to drive for something like that. That would bypass the lobbyists entirely.
interest groups spent a record $2.14 billion on lobbying members of Congress and 220 other federal agencies last year, according to Political MoneyLine, a nonpartisan research service that tracks campaign contributions. That figure represents a 7 percent increase over 2003 and an astonishing 34 percent jump from the amount of money spent on lobbying in 2001.
Nearly 250 former members of Congress and federal agency chiefs have become lobbyists since 1998, while more than 2,200 former federal employees have registered as federal lobbyists.