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You are the Problem with Congress? 25 January, 2007

Posted by stoptaxing in Action Item, federal.
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First a quote from the Washington Times 

The ethics bill before the Senate not only cracks down on lawmakers, but also subjects politically active ministers and neighborhood groups to the same rules as K Street lobbyists.
    Under the legislation, grass-roots organizations that attempt to “influence the general public” to contact members of Congress would have to register as lobbyists and file financial reports — or face a $200,000 fine. The requirements could apply to a preacher who goes on TV or radio and tells listeners to call their congressman in support of a particular issue, such as a constitutional amendment against homosexual “marriage.”

Analysis 

“Congress shall make no law respecting …. to petition the government for a redress of there grievances”, says the first amendment. So why do the new guys in Congress want so mightily to attack grassroots lobbyists? For all the talk about listening to the People, this Congress seems dedicated to muzzling us. http://washingtontimes.com/national/20070118-122242-2071r.htm

Here is what the ACLU thinks about the efforts of their normal allies. http://www.aclu.org/freespeech/gen/24423leg20060307.html

When National Right to Life and the ACLU agree on something, I pay attention. Some Congressmen got caught with their hands in the cookie jar so restrict normal people getting information about what is going on in Washington. Sounds logical. Not. Just get rid of earmarks and mke people put their pork in the old fashion way. Then enforce the laws we already have. The problem is not that we need new ethics rules. The problem is that Congress allowed itself to lose accountability by not having names attached to spending line items. That opens itself to corruption. The Democrat approach is to use ethics reforms to insulate themselves further from the public.

What we need are more informed taxpayers standing up for the people’s interest.

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