Framing the Dialogue

The Forest For The Trees

“Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt contended that the president has not broken his promise on [taking money from] lobbyists, saying in a statement that the Times analysis “misses the forest for the trees.”

The accusation has to be particularly hurtful to Obama since it came from their long-time pubic relations firm, The New York Times.  If you factor in “liberal-speak” there is a missing word in the quote from Obama’s spokesman and that would be the word  “directly.”  Once the money is bundled and rebundled and given by lobbyists, but from their personal accounts it’s all mixed up.  Who could follow it.  You would have to be as naive as a mass media journalist to believe that lobbying money doesn’t make its way into Obama’s coffers. 

Besides what’s the big deal about lobbyists money?  It is just money from people representing special interests.  Is that really any different from money from unions for special favors like pushing card check or NLRB pushing the union agenda?

“Since 1990, labor unions have contributed over $667 million in election campaigns in the United States, of which $614 million or 92 percent went to support Democratic candidates. In 2008, unions spent $74.5 million in campaign contributions, with $68.3 million going to the Democratic Party. Already, unions have contributed $6.5 million to the 2010 elections, and $6 million has gone to Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C.”

Or different from money from Wall Street firms?  How sleezy to take quietly take their money while haranguing them to the common folk.

“That would include the man who is arguably Wall Street’s biggest detractor and an OWS sympathizer—Barack Obama. A study by the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation’s Influence Project finds that Obama has received more in campaign donations from the financial sector than any other politician in the last two decades.  So far, the president has received $16 million in Wall Street contributions. The amount, which accounts for 20% of Obama’s total campaign funding.”

Or different from money from trial lawyers?  Obama was able to siphon off one of John Edward’s cash cows as trial lawyers supported Obama and what did they get in return?

“AAJ [trial lawyers association] President Anthony Tarricone wrote, “I am very pleased to report that the health care bill is clear of any [such] provisions. … While there is a provision for demonstration projects, it provides an absolute opt-out clause for plaintiffs at any time.”  In other words, now plaintiffs effectively get even more power because they can pick and choose whichever system they think is most likely to get them the most cash. The demonstration projects – for ideas such as specialized “health courts,” where expert panels replace random juries – therefore become not a real alternative that levels the playing field, but instead just one more tool in the lawyers’ arsenal.  Here’s more from Mr. Tarricone’s letter: “Here are some of the highlights of AAJ’s efforts and the obstacles we overcame: In the House, AAJ defeated tort-reform amendments that were offered in all three committees that amended the original bill. … In the Senate, 28 tort-reform amendments were defeated in the two committees that marked up the bill. On the Senate floor, AAJ decisively defeated a cap on attorneys’ fees.”

Or different from money from big health care?  Perhaps big health care and pharma have done well supporting Obama?

“President Barack Obama has raised more money from the health care industry than Republican candidates, according to an analysis conducted by the Center For Responsive Politics published in National Journal.  Obama has raised $1.6 million from the health sector, more than the $920,000 raised by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and the $494,000 raised by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Pharmaceutical companies gave Obama $230,000 versus $161,000 for Romney and $43,000 for Perry.  Drug companies won more protections for brand-name drugs against cheaper drugs in Obama’s health care reform law. Proposals to have Medicare negotiate drug prices and to allow importation of drugs from Canada did not make it into the final bill. An estimated 32 million new Americans with insurance also means more business for pharmaceutical companies.”

Or money from other countries?  One website suggests that the lax nature of Obama’s online donation site would permit illegal donations from other countries.

“Palestinian brothers inside the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip are listed in government election filings as having donated $29,521.54 to Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign.  Donations of this nature would violate election laws, including prohibitions on receiving contributions from foreigners and guidelines against accepting more than $2,300 from one individual during a single election, Bob Biersack, a spokesman for the Federal Election Commission, told WND in response to a query.  The contributions also raise numerous questions about the Obama campaign’s lax online donation form, which apparently allows for the possibility of foreign contributions.  Last week, the Atlas Shrugs blog outlined a series of donations in 2007 made to Obama’s campaign from two individuals, Monir Edwan and Hosam Edwan, totaling $29,521.54.  In an online form on Obama’s campaign site, the Edwans listed their street as “Tal Esaltan,” which they wrote was located in “Rafah, GA.”  Rafah is not a city in Georgia. The Atlas blog immediately raised concerns that the money may have been donated from the Gaza Strip town of Rafah.”

How clever to use the name of your city and claim it is from an American state.  One has to wonder if there were donations from Tehran, Idaho, Caracus North Dakota, or Havana Pennsylvania.  Everyone gave money to Obama because he was the presumptive winner over a lackluster John McCain.  Bet on the winner and your rewards will be reaped.  Gibson guitars donates to Republicans and they get rewarded by armed federal agents storming their factories while their competitors who donated to Democrats fared much better.  Nor should we forget the campaign bundlers who got so much tax money for “green energy” [green perhaps because they get sooo much of our tax dollars as a return in campaign contributions…allegedly] projects like Solyndra, Fisker, or SolarReserve.  There is still no proof that Mexican drug cartels donated money to Obama for guns in the Gunrunner scandal

If we had no lobbyists where would former politicians get jobs after they “retire” or decide not to run to “spend more time with their families?’

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