I keep my politics under my hat for the most part, since discussions rarely come to any good. You’re either preaching to the choir or talking past someone who has just as little interest in what you’re saying as you have in their position.
But I can’t NOT say something about this. It’s a great illustration of why I dislike both parties pretty much equally, and why the whole system is royally screwed up.
In a nutshell: 42 members of congress read statements into the official Congressional Record about the current health care debate that were written in whole or in part by health care industry lobbyists.
(If you’re inclined to view this through partisan goggles, don’t. This “honor roll” is almost perfectly evenly split between the 2 parties.)
One of these honorable representatives (who surely has only his constituents’ best interests at heart) had the chutzpah to say, “‘I regret that the language was the same. I did not know it was.’ He said he got his statement from his staff and ‘did not know where they got the information from.'” according to the Times.
I wish it were only buffoonish, but it’s frighteningly brazen, too. I’m sure I sound like silly to be shocked, shocked, that influence-peddling is going on in Washington, but isn’t it worrisome that they don’t even seem concerned about hiding this kind of unseemly activity?
So I’m going on record with my feelings that campaign finance reform and eliminating undue influence over our representatives is so much more important than health care reform, gun control, abortion, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, or anything else.
My favorite part of the article, btw, is just how accommodating the lobbyists are. They wrote separate versions of their talking points for Republicans and Dems. Sheesh.