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Lobbyist Dollars: The #1 Problem in Contemporary American Politics

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If you want a simple explanation of the root cause of America’s political and economic woes, this chart represents it.

As Teddy Roosevelt so famously said:

There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. To put an end to it will be neither a short nor an easy task, but it can be done … Corporate expenditures for political purposes, and especially such expenditures by public-service corporations, have supplied one of the principal sources of corruption in our political affairs.

Funds originating from corporate interests via political lobbyists, usually under the guise of campaign contributions in exchange for favorable legislation, not only distorts democracy but interferes with free market capitalism. Anyone who says otherwise, either has their hand in the cookie jar or doesn’t understand that free markets reward the best businesses with the best business model.

Hat tip Tim Iacono

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Posted by CJ   @   26 April 2011 4 comments
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May 1, 2011
2:34 pm

Sad and depressing, but its the truth.

May 4, 2011
7:43 am
#2 Tomare Utsu Zo :

So long as the levers remain in place, someone will use them.

May 11, 2011
10:33 am
#3 Matt SF :

Nicely said Tomare… I might use that analogy in the future.

May 12, 2011
6:28 pm
#4 Emily :

I never ceased to be amazed how I constantly hear quotes from long-gone presidents lamenting/warning about corruption in government.

“We didn’t start the fire, it’s been always burnin’ since the world’s been turnin’…”

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