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  •  This is the part that kills me. (3+ / 0-)
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    An entrenched collection of careerist incumbents, chosen and retained through their singular ability to gather cash from money troughs over six-year intervals – and the unrestrained ability of capital to keep those troughs constantly full
    It's almost impossible to get rid of these people. I used to be totally opposed to term limits, but in this atmosphere of big bucks and "entrenched" legislators, it's starting to appeal to me.

    No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.--Lily Tomlin

    by Desert Rose on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 05:17:36 AM PDT

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    •  When their "public service" is so personally... (1+ / 0-)
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      financially profitable to our lawmakers, one has to wonder Are your representatives getting rich in Congress and, if so, how?

      How many financial "deals" do they get?  

      When they are found to be using their positions to personally profit they pass weak legislation to "fix" the problem--with major loopholes so they can get around the "restrictions".

      ...Due to the remaining loopholes, to name just one example, Rep. Mike Kelly, a Republican of Pennsylvania, was allowed to sponsor a natural gas bill the same month Exxon negotiated a multimillion-dollar deal with his wife. Across the aisle, former Rep. Dennis Cardozo, Democrat of California, helped pass a bill that involved tax breaks for racehorses and was then bought seven such racehorses when the new tax breaks came into effect.

      "The practice is both legal and permitted under the ethics rules that Congress has written for itself, which allow lawmakers to take actions that benefit themselves or their families except when they are the lone beneficiaries," writes The Post, which looked at the financial disclosures of 535 members of the House and Senate and compared them with public records...

      Are they in Congress to "serve the public" or are they in office to enrich themselves and their cronies?  Are they serving the public, or are they positioning themselves for a far more profitable retirement where they can share the knowledge they've gained as "public servants" to help their new employers game the system?

      IMHO, the media should at least be informing themselves on whether congress members may be personally profiting from legislation they write/ vote for or against, and include relevant information in their reports of legislative vote outcomes.

      •  I agree. People like us will hunt that info down, (1+ / 0-)
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        but the media fails to inform and the average citizen never sees two and two put together.

        No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.--Lily Tomlin

        by Desert Rose on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 05:00:32 PM PDT

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