Lobbying Rules Completely Ineffective At Stopping Revolving Door

By: Monday February 3, 2014 9:02 am

Are you sitting down? The lobbying rules designed to slow down the revolving door have failed. According to the New York Times, an analysis of congressional staffer data has revealed that not only is the practice of government worker-to-lobbyist continuing, the meager ethics rule that do exist are being ignored.


Check Stubs and Moral Seriousness

By: Saturday October 29, 2011 9:15 am

The late poet and Lutheran seminary professor Gerhard Frost once wrote “My check stubs are enough” to give you his autobiography. The former Chancellor of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Giles Fraser, wrote similar words in June 2010: the best way to assess what someone believes is to look through their bank statement. Forget fancy words and sermons, money is the way we mean it – or we don’t. Money is the sacrament of moral seriousness.”

Given the reactions of the MOTUs and Powers That Be to the Occupy Movement, I’d say they don’t enjoy having their morals examined.

#OccupyDC Cooks Need Propane to Function

By: Monday October 17, 2011 3:12 pm

We want to help Calvin and #OccupyDC out by helping them purchase propane to cook with. If you’d like to help us, you can chip in $10 to buy fuel for the propane grills at #OccupyDC. We will be using the money we take in from our coverage fund to purchase propane and other supplies, so that is why we are asking people to donate there.

It’s Not About “Purity” and Purges – It’s About Trust

By: Monday May 17, 2010 1:45 pm

“Centrism”has long been the the tag that corporatists like to affix to their morally inert brand of politics. “For sale” might be a better label. The only thing they stand in the center of is K-Street. Idealists on both ends of the political spectrum inspire voter loyalty, whereas Evan Bayh, Joe Lieberman, Arlen Specter and Blanche Lincoln inspire lobbyists to write big checks in exchange for their votes.

The Upcoming Iraq Supplemental: Putting The Squeeze On Progressives

By: Friday April 25, 2008 1:39 pm

Like many, you may have been scratching your head when Bush asked for $102 billion in the upcoming supplemental bill for war funding, and the Democrats in Congress said “how about $170?” It was like the 2006 election never happened.

The Democratic leadership wants the war off the table as an issue in the fall.

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