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The corporate lobby has become more effective recently because it's hiring more experienced players, in effect creating a "revolving door" between Capitol Hill and K Street. In fact, 43 percent of the eligible Congressional members who departed government during that time have become lobbyists, while half of all eligible departing Senators have become lobbyists. 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.
Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
The Republicans Have Their Long-Knives Out: "Ever since the election, and for the foreseeable future, the Republicans only have one thing on their mind, screw Obama." He said nothing else matters to them, not voters, and certainly not getting anything done.
Originally posted by dbates
House of Representatives
Democrats have 256 seats to the Republican 178.
Republicans have 40 seats. Not even enough to Filibuster.
What is stopping legislation from going through? Could it be the Democrats in name only (DINO) or is it possible that Obama and the Democratic party leaders are trying to push through crappy legislation?
Originally posted by Moshpet
So rather than a 'dictatorial' government (EG one person), we are looking at a 'stream' of dictators that will only hold power or office if they do nothing but toe the party line.
Originally posted by dbates
Should Obama fail? Of course when his success means the death of our freedoms. Have we forgotten Patrick Henry who so plainly stated that death and failure was preferred over corrupt representation and rule? What do you think "Give me Liberty, or give me death " implies? Patrick Henry is in no uncertain terms stating that death was preferred in the place of a corrupt controlling government . Is not death the ultimate failure in life?
Originally posted by semperfortis
Really now people; who's fault is this?
It is OUR fault; yours and mine...
Lobbiests have power because they pull the strings of the politicians and convince them that if they don't support their cause, they will not be reelected.. It is up to us to show the politicians that they will not be reelected if they do not represent us.. Plain and simple...
The problem goes way further than any of you are looking at..
It started when being a politician became a profession...
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Originally posted by MemoryShock
The competition between the parties seems to have taken precedence over the good will of the nation.
Originally posted by nixie_nox
When obama made a promise not to hire lobbyists. He wasn't guilty of breaking a rule he set, he was from outside the beltway, and didn't know that basically lobbying is the only way to get inside the beltway, so basicaly everyone is a lobbyist at some point.
On March 28, 1861 the United States Congress adjourned sine die (without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing, for an indefinite period to adjourn an assembly sine die). In other words Congress went home at the start of the Civil War with no intention on returning. To call the Congress back into session De jure (concerning law and principal) would have required the Speaker of the House and Majority Leader of the Senate to set the date at a later time. This never ever happened. Let me repeat there has been no legally sat Congress or Senate per the United States Constitution since March 28, 1861. The Congress was called back into session de facto (concerning fact and in practice) by President Abraham Lincoln who had not the Constitutional Authority or Power to do so.