This Week's Debate: Money and Politics

Plenty of leeway this week to discuss all kinds of interesting tidbits and grand concepts. I was inspired by an issue involving some arguably unscrupulous debt collection tactics and the intense lobbying that's backing them up. (Details in an upcoming post.)

We'll get into proposed lobbying reforms and the influence of big money on politicians over the next several days.

Any specifics you'd like to discuss?

By Emily Messner |  May 2, 2006; 11:22 PM ET  | Category:  This Week's Issue
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How about the role the complacent press plays in all this? Certainly, if we had a better American press, less corruption would take place. Stephen Colbert's recent performance has shown what side the Washington press is on when it comes to big money and big politics. Some call it 'access journalism', some call it 'mouthpiece journalism', but regardless of what it is called, it s very transparent now that the press and the politicians they cover are too close for comfort.

Posted by: ErrinF | May 3, 2006 08:10 PM


there are a bunch of things that I would like to see brought up and debated, here is just a small sample. How about political ads that appear on TV that state that "This ad is paid for by XYZ Group" and when you try to research that group the difficulty you face trying to figure out exactly who that group is mainly funded by. Should this information be posted along with the ad?

How about different types of insurances ie: medical , car, home owners, malpratice, etc. Who sets the rates and how they are decided, the actual effect of lawsuits on insurance rates, especially medical malpratice and who is telling the truth the insurance companies or the lawyers? Who should pay for natural disasters, should insurance companies be able to just drop a client or group of clients even if they have never filed a claim?

How about earmarks or other laws that congress attaches to bills knowing full well that they will pass because say they are a stop gap spending bill to keep the government open or funding for the war/troops etc. that wouldn't be passed if they stood alone. Or like the prescription drug law that went into effect that your doctor/pharmacist is required to report to the DEA any and all prescriptions they write /fill for you. Even better yet Ethics in general. I have more, but right now I must take a sample to another lab about 5 miles away for an analysis that I can't do in my lab.

Posted by: Lab Rat AKA Jim Fox | May 4, 2006 09:56 AM

The "business as usual" crowd that serve in Congress is a disgrace to our system of government. Please help put pressure on Congress to stop the practice of huge contributions to Congressional Campaigns from Corporate PACs that profit from earmarks favorable to their business interests, provided by Congressmen whose campaign committees benefit.
This is not just the appearance of impropriety, it is impropriety!
Bribery of Congress has become a Cottage Industry in D.C.

Posted by: Roger Waun | May 4, 2006 11:54 AM

There's got to be a solution, an easy way out. I wonder what it is.

Posted by: Emilio | May 8, 2006 05:02 PM

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