Disturbing Number of Lobbyists
(See names and descriptions.)
(2008 Oct blog post)
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More lobbyist names and text and images may be added
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And, reportedly, about 84 of those lobbyists, including his campaign manager, have lobbied for the financial industry.
As McCain likes to say about "pork-barrelers", let's make 'em famous.
Below are some of the lobbyist names that bear looking into.
These are about half of the financial industry lobbyists (about 42) working for the McCain campaign --- which means that they are only about one-fourth of the lobbyists working for the McCain campaign.
(If I had the names of the others and the time, I would gladly add them.)
Each name is a link to a WEB SEARCH for more information on that lobbyist-person.
COMMENTS on the list above :
My initial source of these 40-plus names of lobbyists --- and the total numbers of lobbyists --- was a series of Doonesbury cartoons (2008, Oct 6-11).
I wish I could find and add the names of most of the other lobbyists in the McCain campaign to this list.
I hope to find time to do follow-up web searches on these names --- to post information that would be helpful in determining what specific damage, if any, these people may be doing to our nation and our planet --- similar to my comments on Gramm and Weber above.
For now, each name above is a link to a WEB SEARCH query on the full name --- example: "vin weber" --- and the word "lobbyist". Simply click on the link to get a list of articles, blog posts, and other such web pages in which the name is mentioned, in conjunction with the word "lobbyist".
Of course, you can then refine the WEB SEARCH query, in case you get too many extraneous "hits" from the query.
I tried each query with Google and posted the number of "hits" that I got, on 21 Oct 2008.
As you can see from the numbers in parentheses above, for most of these people, there are at least 1,000 documents for perusal. So there is really too much reading for a busy person to pore over to find out what all these people are up to.
This is what they count on, to escape public scrutiny.
Unfortunately, even the government cannot follow up on these people --- not only because the lobbyists have 'friends' in federal agencies who help them escape scrutiny, but also because, even if federal agencies WANTED to investigate them and had a mandate to do so, it would require a lot of time and expense.
Like a bunch of cockroaches when the lights are turned on, the lobbyists can scurry out of sight and count on the low odds of their being one of the few that gets caught.
The problem really gets out of hand when regulators are told not to regulate --- which happens whenever the Republicans gain the Presidency.
It takes a while --- before the over-de-regulation takes effect --- but, usually, within 8 years after the start of a Republican presidency, an economic meltdown occurs.
Let's see . . . Trump started super-de-regulating
in 2017 . . . so, before 2024, we should have
Personally, as I indicated above in the comments on Vin Weber, I think most of these people are traitors to this country and they do not deserve to be called "fellow citizens".
By their actions, they have given up their right to citizenship.
They should be given a parachute and a canteen of water and a plane trip to an Aleutian island, over which they will be required to bail out. Then it is Survivor time, for the rest of their sociopathic lives.
They deserve to have their names and pictures posted on walls-of-shame all over this country.
Their images should be classified along with such historical personages as Hitler, Stalin, Sadam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, and various serial killers.
In fact, I may add images (or links to images) beside the names above --- as I find time to find photos of them.
It is very sad to think that there is a very real chance that these Republican lobbyist people may be in control of the federal government for another 4 years.
The last 8 Bush-years (2000-2008) have been a debacle.
I do not see how history could judge the Bush administration to be anything other than the Worst Of All Time (WOAT) --- up to 2008. (There may be worse coming, folks.)
For more info:
To find more information on lobbyists in the 2008 John McCain Presidential campaign --- and in other Republican Presidential campaigns, you could try some WEB SEARCHES on keywords such as :
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