Liberty Forged

the State has no money of its own, so it has no power of its own. ` Nock

35,000 Registered Lobbyists in Washington

Posted by Jesse on February 1, 2009

Why Lobbyists Hate Ron Paul

With him, I could send millions to his pocket, and if he intended to vote against my wishes, that money wouldn’t matter… he would still vote against my wishes. He’s a big problem if he ever made it into office.. thank God it looks like he won’t… not because I don’t like the man as an American.. it’s just that he would make my job hard.

[See: OpenSecrets.org  Presidential Candidates  Selected Industry Totals 2008 ]

Good and Bad Lobby Groups [Rozeff -Prof. of Finance]

Lobbyists, according to various definitions, contact, inform, communicate, try to influence, persuade, and influence government officials to pass legislation that favors them or their backers. They also mobilize voters to use petitions to exert public pressure for political actions.

Law is for sale. It is not law on the market because Congress has the legal power to make law and no competition. Ameliorating factors are that the lobbies compete and the individual members of Congress compete. The conscience of the voter and the jealousies of members of Congress also place limits on the corruption.

New Rules Same Game – Paul

The dependency on government generated by welfarism and warfarism, made possible by our shift from a republican to a democratic system of government, is the real scandal of the ages. If we merely tinker with current attitudes about the role of the federal government in our lives, it won’t do much to solve the ethics crisis. True reform is impossible without addressing the immorality of wealth redistribution.

After all, criminals by definition ignore laws; unethical people ignore the rules of ethics. Changing the rules or the players is merely a band-aid if we don’t change the nature of the game itself.

Searching for a New Direction – Paul

If we’re inclined to improve conditions, we should give serious consideration to the following policy reforms, reforms the American people who cherish liberty would enthusiastically support:

  1. No more “No Child Left Behind” legislation;
  2. No more prescription drug programs;
  3. No more undeclared wars;
  4. No more nation building;
  5. No more acting as the world policemen;
  6. No more deficits;
  7. Cut spending – everywhere;
  8. No more political and partisan resolutions designed to embarrass those who may well have legitimate and honest disagreements with current policy;
  9. No inferences that disagreeing with policy is unpatriotic or disloyal to the country;
  10. No more pretense of budget reform while ignoring off-budget spending and the ever-growing fourteen appropriations bills;
  11. Cut funding for corporate welfare, foreign aid, international NGOs, defense contractors, the military industrial complex, and rich corporate farmers before cutting welfare for the poor at home;
  12. No more unconstitutional intrusions into the privacy of law-abiding American citizens;
  13. Reconsider the hysterical demands for security over liberty by curtailing the ever-expanding and oppressive wars on drugs, tax violators, and gun ownership.

Finally, why not try something novel, like having Congress act as an independent and equal branch of government? Restore the principle of the separation of powers, so that we can perform our duty to provide checks and balances on an executive branch (and an accommodating judiciary) that spies on Americans, glorifies the welfare state, fights undeclared wars, and enormously increases the national debt. Congress was not meant to be a rubber stamp. It’s time for a new direction.






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