According to a CBS News/New York Times poll, 92% of Americans DO NOT WANT THEIR MEMBER OF CONGRESS RE-ELECTED.
Because 2009 was a record year for lobbyists, who basically have usurped the decision-making that Congress is supposed to be doing.
The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics tallied lobbying income data from tens of thousands of disclosure filings, and the data show that special interests of all stripes spent $3.47 billion lobbying the federal government in 2009, up from $3.3 billion the previous year. How did the influence industry manage such a banner year despite a battered economy? The simple answer is that the Obama administration’s aggressive change agenda has prompted businesses to open their wallets to an unprecedented degree in the hope of preventing reform.According to Robert Reich,
Washington is paralyzed by snow and partisanship. Nothing is getting done — even as the Great Recession pulls more Americans into its maw.
In the midst of this paralysis, the President was asked about the giant pay packages of Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase & Co. ($17 mullion for 2009) and Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs ($9 million). “First of all, I know both those guys,” Obama said. “They’re very savvy businessmen. And I, like most of the American people, don’t begrudge people success or wealth. That’s part of the free market system.”
Free market system? As I remember it, American taxpayers forked out hundreds of billions to keep JPMorgan, Goldman, and other big Wall Street banks afloat through most of 2009. Had we not done so, Dimon, Blankfein, and most other top executives on Wall Street would not have earned a dime last year. In fact, some would be out on the street, reather than sitting pretty on the Street. The free market system has been unleashed instead on average Americans.
Why do 92% of Americans want to kick their Members of Congress to the curb?
Because we’re not being heard.
63% of Americans want substantial healthcare reform. A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that 73% of Americans say not enough has been done to regulate Wall Street. 75% of Americans believe that gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the military, a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Friday shows.
Terrible things are happening on Main Street: homes are being foreclosed upon, jobs are being lost, families are in financial crisis and now we have the looming collapse of the commercial real estate market…
What is Congress doing?
What is Congress NOT DOING?
Serving the American People.
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