Posted on Aug 9, 2019
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I would like to hear the thoughts and opinions from my RP family.
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Lobbying to advocate for this issue or that policy is as American as apple pie, and indeed is what our Representatives should do, meeting with constituents.
The problem lies in the money, especially in self-licking ice cream cones like Civil Servant unions and defense contractors.
The problem you have is a Supreme Court decision that says that corporate and individual campaign contributions are 1st Amendment protected speech. Direct bribery is a crime. Indirect bribery however... not so much.
While we are at it, we need to look at Congressional Insider Trading as a crime, which they have a specific statutory exemption for. It is not a coincidence that getting elected to Congress means becoming wealthy, even though the pay itself won't get you there. These two items are largely the reason why.
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Term limits! Career politicians have been there too long while passing laws that give them special privileges and immunites. They've been there long enough to develop too many closed-door, interpersonal relationships with the lobbyists/special interest groups.
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This would help.
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SGT Cort Landry
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It would be a good step in the right direction.
Ted Cruz introduced legislation that would help, but not sure if it will gain traction or not.
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SPC Joshua Blotzer
SPC Joshua Blotzer
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We have term limits. People seem to forget that 87% of Congress can be thrown out of office every 2 years. The problem isn't that people keep running for office. The problem is the 88-98% re-election rate.
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We do not have term limits as long as stupid people continue to reelect corrupt politicians. We can only vote in one district for the house and one state for your Senators.
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The fact that neither party really is pushing hard for lobbying reform tells you most of what you need to know. They like being winded and dined and are not motivated to stop it. They also line up nice careers once they leave congress. It will take a major change in Congress (like term limits) before it gets addressed.
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CW2 Michael Bodnar
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Money makes the world go round as well as get things done politically. Term limits in Congress but we need to repeal the 17th Amendment to fix the Senate. The states no longer have sold representation like they did before Woodrow Wilson was in office. They fall more on party lines now than anything else.
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