Hutterite, that is one of the best -- and unfortunately correct -- thoughts
I've seen here in a long time.
Lobbyists are paid by special moneyed interests to shape public policy.
Legislators are paid by us to enact the policy lobbyists have purchased.
Stan, for once I agree with you 100%. There is no bigger fraud on citizens than
corruption in politics, legal or otherwise.
Legislators become high paid lobbyist, with their own special entrance and back
Gifts and free meals are bribes. nothing but a ban on all gifts will work,
anything else is weasled around by the legislator.
Lobbyist irk me as well. It is nothing short of a legalized political bribe.
The politicians themselves like to act like this isn't happening at all,
and most likely won't pass legislation to solve this.