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Old 12-08-2011, 06:15 PM
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I'll go with all of them except this one. Yes, I know, the dirty lobbyists are seen as evil, but...

Does it include someone from GM speaking to a congressman when they are looking to increase mileage limits to inform them of what the impact of that rule change is going to be?

Does it include labor unions that help inform congress about unsafe work practices that need to be regulated?

Does it include nonprofit agencies such as the red cross?

Does is include state and local government employees who provide input on bills that effect local government?

The folks who lobby congress are an important function of government providing real information to legislators outside their field of expertise. The lobbyists often identify problems that need to be corrected and can keep unintended problems from showing up in bills that are well intentioned but would devistate businesses.

For example, we constantly talk to business and neighborhood groups about regulations or proposed laws to make sure that they are workable and often, they come up with much better solutions to problems that I would never even think of, because I'm not an expert in their fields.

It's not the lobbying that is the problem, it the campaign money that lobbyists, corporations and unions provide.
So long as "lobbyists" conduct their business in the "sunshine", and do so without accompanying a parting handshake with a "campaign contribution", I have no problem with the activities.

Sadly, most Americans think "lobbying" is waiting for a movie to start. And most of us who know what it is think Jack Abramoff and his ilk.
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For lack of a better place to put this...John Kerry 68 years still on the ice.

http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/dish...ouse-nhl-stars

Put on a visor!
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Well there's this idea:

http://www.americanselect.org/
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-col...lliot-ackerman

Interview with the founder. I signed up the next day after watching that.
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Guess it poses the question are policical parties really necessary?
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Old 01-25-2012, 04:22 PM
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Guess it poses the question are policical parties really necessary?
For mass appeal, yes. You can easily relate a set of views with each individual party(Public works seems to be mainly tied to the Democrats while low/"no-new" taxes lean towards the Republican base). But once you actually delve into politics you quickly realize that parties are hindering the process.
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http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/s...093226858.html

Quote From Condoleezza Rice

"This is a truly consequential election. This is perhaps a turning point for the country. I'm very often asked to speak about the foreign policy aspects and there are some key important foreign policy issues before us," Rice said before briefly listing a series of challenges abroad. "There are many foreign policy issues on the agenda, but we are not going to address any of those international challenges unless we get it right at home. And it's not right at home right now, and the American people know it."

Now from Abraham Lincoln:

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Abraham Lincoln

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/qu...lin143183.html

This election needs to get the right people in the right office. No matter what candidate is elected to what office, we NEED to get it right...now.
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:33 PM
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http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/s...093226858.html

Quote From Condoleezza Rice

"This is a truly consequential election. This is perhaps a turning point for the country. I'm very often asked to speak about the foreign policy aspects and there are some key important foreign policy issues before us," Rice said before briefly listing a series of challenges abroad. "There are many foreign policy issues on the agenda, but we are not going to address any of those international challenges unless we get it right at home. And it's not right at home right now, and the American people know it."

Now from Abraham Lincoln:

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Abraham Lincoln

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/qu...lin143183.html

This election needs to get the right people in the right office. No matter what candidate is elected to what office, we NEED to get it right...now.
So right you are. We need people that will work for the good of the country, not the good of a party.
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So right you are. We need people that will work for the good of the country, not the good of a party.
I don't think such a candidate exists.
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:58 PM
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I don't think such a candidate exists.
If they did they would win in a landslide. These idiots just do not get it.
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If they did they would win in a landslide. These idiots just do not get it.
It also requires a knowledgeable electorate who aren't so easily swayed by the biases of the corporate funded media covering the elections.
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