K Street Mourns Loss of Colleague Bill Phillips - Roll Call
Condolences to his family.
Big, big props to Demoracy - one less Lobbyist!
Today's Liberty: Freedom from Corporate Governance.
Every single one of our government Executives, Legislators, and Justices are bought and paid for by wealthy and powerful corporate interests. I hate to express this truth, but I don't apologize for it. No official takes office, no law gets written or passed, and no action is affirmed or denied by the courts without control by corporation.
The recent decisions Citizens United v Federal Election Commission, Kelo v. City of New London eminent domain decision, and scores of others, clearly show that if you are an individual - one person, one voter, one of the People - you no longer have a say or a vote.
There are six or seven lobbyists per congressional representative in Washington! K Street was constructed by Republicans in the '90s to counter a Democratic administration the Rs ginned-up as illegitimate, and it has worked fabulously for the GOP machine. War, economic divide, near-depression...
According to the Center for Public Integrity there are over 10 lobbyists/legislator in California - no wonder we get nothing done here!
Nothing will change until we fundamentally change how our politicians are elected, how they are fed by lobbyist machine, and how they have jobs waiting for them at the end of their terms (or how lobbyists have elected or appointed positions available to them).
We must publicly fund elections and bar lobbyists from meeting with politicians or giving them a dime.
Corporations are not persons!
Money is not speech!