Monday, March 07, 2005

A Tale of Two Men who Miraculously win Money from Casinos Every Time

A recent article in the Star detailed the, rrr, financial gains of representatives based on the, um, generosity of the gambling industry. And that's only the beginning of the story. While lobbyists are private citizens and are free to give whatever gifts they desire, it is frightening when these gifts translate into actual power. I would like to conduct a study on how much time legislators spend with lobbyists contrasted with the time spent with constituents. My educated guess is that the ratio is about 7:1. These lobbyists draft legislation and then explain it to the legislators, who take their word for it. The problem is not that money is being spent. The problem is that trust is being gained by lobbyists and independent thought by legislators goes out the window.


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