Originally Posted by jterrell
That is both untrue and comical.
These special interest and lobbies are paid for by big business to get around the fact the government monitors, regulates and polices them.
I will grant you wouldn't have them if we had a laissez-faire approach but then we'd also have only a handful of mega-corporations running our entire world.
Government power does far more to prop up monopolies then it does to discourage them.
But that is besides the point. The fact is our special interest industry is a direct result of the democratic platform to strip power from the states or the people and give it to the federal government.
in 1780 our federal government spent $5 for every man, women, and child in the country. In 1910 we spent $8. In over 140 years the figure went up only $3 per person.
During the reign of terror known as the FDR years we made all kinds of changes that gave the federal government power to take care of us from crade to grave. By the end of his term we were spending $68 per man,women and child.
Corporations certainly took notice - and the lobbiest indiustry was born. Today we spend $10,000 per man,women, and child.
FDR created is problem and until you hear Edwards or the other statists admit it, don't expect them to solve the problems they created.