There can be no doubt that too many special interests have too much access to decision-makers in Washington, D.C. But it is the height of absurdity to pretend that only registered lobbyists wield undue influence.
K Street has taken to the courts, insisting that somewhere in the Constitution it reads that lobbyists have a right to serve on government-established advisory committees that provide consultation to government agencies.
Eric Cantor's upset shows that big money doesn't always win, and that K St-bashing populism wins elections. Let's hope that Democrats across the country take that to heart and fight back against the big money flooding their races.
In government, that strength is a function of money as well as laws, and government's income is taxes. If a company, or industry, disagrees with a regulation, it should be able to be heard; but they shouldn't be able to write the rules.
The Texas Tribune has been hailed as a new journalism model to save the craft from collapse after the success of the Internet. But can a news outlet take huge donations from lobbyists and corporations and not be influenced?
What with the levels of dissatisfaction in the nation, Congress needs to start taking desperate measures to, well, woo the public once again. And what better time of year to pour on the charm than Valentine's Day?