Tuesday, April 10, 2007

no hope without action

Does anybody really believe that no-bid contracts for oil companies already raking in record profits were what the American people voted for in November? If they wanted a Senate that opens the Treasury to Big Oil and pleads helplessness when asked to exercise real oversight, voters could have left the Republicans in charge.

This story offers us a glimpse into the other side of political money. The one where the oil industry spills gobs of cash all around Washington -- including $72.5 million spent lobbying Congress last year -- and politicians return the favor with mega-billion dollar thank you notes, then have the gall to pretend that all that money doesn't make a whit of difference when it comes to decision-making time.

From the Huffington Post, "The Money Race: Politicians Win, You Lose." Read it and weep, then call your congressperson.


Blogger Debbi said...

And to tie this topic into the need for a different, better, more fair healthcare delivery system, guess how much the pharmaceutical industry (who stands to be the biggest loser if we go to a single-payer system) contributes to political campaigns? And drug indrusty lobbyists outnumber Congressmen 7 to 1, I think.

April 10, 2007 10:36 AM  
Blogger rodger said...

It's all so revolting. I used to like Diane Feinstein when she was Mayor of SF but she's simpy become another career politician doing nothing for her constituents.


April 10, 2007 4:48 PM  
Blogger Red7Eric said...

Unfortunately, I am a resident of the District of Columbia, and as such I have no (voting) congressperson. But you're right; it's completely disgusting.

April 10, 2007 9:28 PM  
Anonymous Tater said...


April 11, 2007 8:24 AM  

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