Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Let's Party - Update

This article on Huffington Post chronicles a "fund raiser" in Washington, D.C. for Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia. Isakson, the only Republican legislator from Georgia for which I had any respect, is on the Commerce, Science and Transportation and the subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The people attending this "fund raiser" were connected to telecommunications and the Internet.

When Huffington Post asked Isakson who was attending the party he replied, "It's people interested in America and democracy and peace and the economy," he said. "Thank you for your time." Right, and they just happen to be people from the industries that his committees oversee. These people are financing his next campaign and expecting positive votes from him on their issues.

Isakson happens to be a Republican. However, party membership means little in this sleazy world of lobbying. Democrats and Republicans alike benefit from the huge amounts of money that lobbyists drop into their campaign coffers. They enjoy the golfing trips, resort vacations, overseas junkets and whatever else the lobbyists use to buy their votes.

There is a website that you might be interested in checking out from time to time. It is called "Party Time," and it tracks parties thrown for politicians in Washington. We, as voters, need to keep up with this facet of the Washington underworld. Lobbying is the worst part of the political world. Politicians are bought and sold daily and there is nothing we can do about it, other than to vote the abusers out, regardless of party politics. Unfortunately, I suppose, this is a sleazy process that is universal to politics. whether in a democracy or a dictatorship.

A new LobbyBlog from Huffington Post.


Dirk said...

As with a lot of things, the intent of lobbying has gone far afield of the original intent. This is part of the "Washington system" I blog about from time to time, & anyone elected to office that refuses is ostracized, excluded, & any legislation they introduce isn't supported. That system is totally corrupt for sure. Wonder what happened to Obama's campaign promise to put a stop to it? Personally, I'm for voting out just about all of them.


Diane J Standiford said...

I think I can name some politicians who are not corrupt in this way. 1. Patty Murray, Senator from Washington State ---because "everyone is doing it" doesn't make it right or OK with those of us who elected them in. THAT is a child's excuse for bad behaviour. GROW UP. I will bookmark that site and keep my puke pail handy. So sorry your trust has again been dashed. Desperate people do desperate things---look at Palin.