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 Post subject: The Superpower's SCANDALS - Part 2
PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 8:54 pm 
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POLITICAL ESSAYS
The Superpower's SCANDALS - Part 2
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April 14, 2005
New York Times [1]
EDITORIAL
Congress's Deepening Shadow World
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In plainer language:
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The Superpower's Crooked Congress
Club aka Down and Dirty Democracy.
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The Times editorial is based on
the new special report from the
Center for Public Integrity --
"Shadowy Lobbyists Ignore Rules
And Exploit Connections." [2]
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From the report:
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"Because of their ability to in-
fluence lawmakers and legislation,
lobbyists have been dubbed 'the
Fourth Branch' of government.
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"But while they wield enormous
influence in the capital, lobbyists
receive little attention from the
press and far less public scrutiny."
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Well, of course: What do you think
Dumbing Down is for?
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It's a vital part of Down and Dirty
Democracy.
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And the Times understands that:
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"Lobbying has now become an estab-
lished part of..."
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DUH
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"...representative government."
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The Times does wish to make sure
that Wall Street's voice is heard
loud and clear, and is not drowned
out by miscellaneous crooks.
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In particular, it praises attempts
to "require disclosure by the murky,
mushrooming world of 'grass roots'
lobbying via outside [!] pressure
groups...."
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Oh, by the way, The Superpower is
pushing this "established" drug
through its Allawi-Abbas-Karzai net-
work in the Middle East and West
Asia.
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[1]
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http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/14/opini ... &position=
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[2]
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http://www.publicintegrity.org/lobby/pr ... px?aid=675
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