The best Congress lobbyists could buy

A lot of ink, paper and broadcast time has been consumed trying to trace the origins of the current economic collapse, with a lot of the blame being placed on government’s failure to regulate effectively.

Personally, I think that trail ends right here:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Here’s a peek at e-mails popping into lobbyists’ inboxes these days offering quality time with members of Congress:
—A weekend at the Clearwater, Fla., spring training home of the world champion Philadelphia Phillies with Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., including a game, a meeting with players and a ballpark tour.
—Golf at a Montana course designed by Arnold Palmer and fly fishing on the state’s Madison, Gallatin and Yellowstone rivers with Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.
—A “Saint Patrick’s Day on the Rio Grande” reception at a Tex-Mex restaurant near the Capitol with Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas.
There’s a catch: Be prepared to contribute plenty of money.
Though it’s early in a non-election year, politicians and special interests are blasting out daily e-mails by the truckload, beckoning lobbyists and other would-be donors to fundraisers ranging from the mundane to the exotic. A look at scores of them, provided by recipients, shows they share a straightforward message: Members of Congress would like your help getting in re-elected, and contributors can spend time with them….
A list (of fundraisers) compiled by the Democrats’ House campaign committee runs 22 pages and includes 190 events slated for 2009 for House Democrats alone, with some already planned for October.
With the stalled economy drying up contributions, Republican fundraiser Monica Notzon says she might send 500 to 5,000 e-mail invitations per event.
“I probably get 10 to 15 a day,” said lobbyist Butler Derrick, a former House member. “I’ve gotten so I can recognize them and I just kill most of them.”
Hosts compete to draw crowds. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., planned an event this week featuring Muhammad Ali, while Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., is inviting donors to go skeet shooting. Others invite contributors to a Bruce Springsteen concert, a wine-tasting weekend in Oregon, baseball and NCAA basketball tournament games, and weekends in New York or Palm Springs, Calif…..

Congressional re-election campaigns can cost millions of dollars. Defenders call fundraisers a harmless chance for contributors to exercise their rights to support and meet with legislators. They say the charges of undue influence are exaggerated.
“Put your money back in your pocket if you think it’s going to buy you something other than a club soda and a Swedish meatball,” said Michael Fraioli, a veteran fundraiser for some House Democrats.
The solicitations are effective. Lobbyists contributed $34 million to federal candidates in 2007 and 2008, ranking them 16th among more than 80 industries studied by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
“You go there with a check in your hand and that’s your opportunity to meet with the member” of Congress, lobbyist John Meredith said of fundraisers. “That’s kind of how it works.”
Even so, some lobbyists are resentful.
“When you have both parties during election periods come up and bash lobbyists, and then you have the audacity to send me a fax asking me to attend your fundraiser, I think it’s hypocritical,” said lobbyist Paul Miller.

227 comments Add your comment

Shawny

March 24th, 2009
3:54 pm

What did Chris Dodd get for this financial scandal?

Mrs. Godzilla

March 24th, 2009
4:00 pm

Here’s another interesting Lobbyist story – from the great orange Satan:

Highlights:

“Irate over the demonization of their profession, lobbyists say they will push back against a new White House directive aimed at limiting lobbyists’ influence on how the government doles out $787 billion in stimulus funds.

The Obama administration memo released Friday says lobbyists cannot meet or speak with executive branch officials regarding specific stimulus projects or applications.

Instead, lobbyists are relegated to submitting written comments about stimulus funding, which will be posted publicly within three business days…….

I am particularly struck how these lobbyists, like Wall Street bankers, think they are entitled to the trappings of privilege. But while Wall Street feels entitled to their wealth, these guys feel entitled to their access to power. What seems like common sense restrictions on their access to government — access no regular citizen enjoys — to them is a personal affront.

Read the whole piece here:
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/3/24/712350/-Those-poor,-demonized-lobbyists

Davo

March 24th, 2009
4:03 pm

“A lot of ink, paper and broadcast time has been consumed trying to trace the origins of the current economic collapse” well thank God Bookmans not adding anything more to that; recycling is so much easier.

DB, Gwinnettian

March 24th, 2009
4:06 pm

“What did Chris Dodd get for this financial scandal?”

Yawn. The GOP’s current poutrage over Dodd is about 98.6% about clinging to their one (1) halfway decent opportunity to unseat an incumbent Democratic Senator in 2010, and maybe 1.4% legitimate. and that’s being generous.

Jay

March 24th, 2009
4:14 pm

Commie, Midori, et al:

Discuss the issues, not each other. We’re not going there again.

Pogo

March 24th, 2009
4:22 pm

There are very few, if any, members in our government that can take the high ground on this issue. Democrat or Republican. From the local, state and federal level’s all of our corrupt politicians have fed and continue to feed from this trough. This includes the anointed one, Obama. Our politicians use the fog created by the “us against them” mentality which is so readily used by both the Republicans and the Democrats (a mentality which is very apparent here on this blog) to keep us from really seeing what is going on and to keep our minds on everything except what is really happening. A Bait and switch scam if you will. It is high time for another political party in this country rather than the same tired two which continue to take so many of us for granted. It would at least take a couple of years before this third party would succomb to the pressure created by the money and the power. But hey, a couple of years is better than what we have now.

The Corporal

March 24th, 2009
4:24 pm

Jay:

You are correct on this one. It’s where 95% of Congress (Republican and Democrat) prostitute themselves. They should be ashamed but of course they are not. I see only one solution since Congress will NEVER regulate itself ………. term limits (which includes no close family member can fill your spot)!!!

Bosch

March 24th, 2009
4:29 pm

It’s a viscious cycle that will never be broken, until someone passes a law that makes it illegal – which, again, will never happen.

At least Obama made an effort to raise money from ordinary citizens. I gave him some money which I’ve never done before, but so far, I think it was a good investment.

Bosch

March 24th, 2009
4:30 pm

Corporal,

Good point – if they are calling for regulation in the private sector – then they should be practicing what they preach. No?

Bosch

March 24th, 2009
4:32 pm

Pogo,

I don’t think there are two political parties anymore – just one – the two parties are not defined by their principles anymore.

DB, Gwinnettian

March 24th, 2009
4:32 pm

I see only one solution since Congress will NEVER regulate itself …term limits

It sounds reasonable, but in practice, imposing term limits on Presidents and Governors (as some states have done) hasn’t really ushered in a golden age of selfless service for those offices, either.

Nobody likes to hear this, but I think publicly funded elections, and pretty serious bans on political advertising outside of a stringent election season, seems the only reform that could really be a game changer. But frankly I think it’s even less likely to happen in any significant way than term limits, so… grab some popcorn, enjoy the show, I guess.

DB, Gwinnettian

March 24th, 2009
4:33 pm

Meant to give that Corporal quote the teh slanties @ 4.32, my bad.

CommunistAJC

March 24th, 2009
4:33 pm

Jay, I was on topic. Besides, you should have included Bosch in your comment.

Midori

March 24th, 2009
4:33 pm

DB, Gwinnettian

March 24th, 2009
4:35 pm

Midori, looks more like a shuffleboard court than, well, you know.

Midori

March 24th, 2009
4:36 pm

OOps, Jay –

I didn’t see your comment before i posted the above off topic story.

If that were my kid, I’d make him scrub it off while listening to loud, VERY loud heavy metal.

Midori

March 24th, 2009
4:38 pm

Taxpayer

March 24th, 2009
4:39 pm

I wonder how long they negotiated with that batch of Republicans in Congress. I’ll give you ten “No’s” for $10,000. No, that just won’t do. You can have one term plus $5,000 for ten “No’s” and 60 days of “Do Nothing”. SOLD! To the highest bidder!

Bosch

March 24th, 2009
4:40 pm

DB,

Oh yes, some very serious bans of political ads – say, only ones that tell the candidates take on the issues – can’t mention the other candidate at all.

The Corporal

March 24th, 2009
4:41 pm

Bosch:

I posted this on a previous thread but just in case you missed it, it’s a little sad but will help regarding your pet ………

http://www.indigo.org/rainbowbridge_ver2.html

Kamchak

March 24th, 2009
4:41 pm

The “us against them mentality” is a binary program developed by commercial talk-radio thirty five years ago, and now any media outlet not employing this digital mind-set is immediately accused having a liberal bias.

Lobbyist aren’t the problem-many in this country do not have access to their representatives, so they hire a voice. For those looking for a silver-bullet to solve our political problems, campaign finance reform is the direction. This is the purpose of Mr. Bookman’s thread.

CommunistAJC

March 24th, 2009
4:42 pm

Bookman, I guess Midori can’t read after all. She obviously couldn’t interpret: Discuss the issues

Taxpayer, why are you worried about the Republicans? They have no power. Your party can pass any piece of legislation it wants.

The Corporal

March 24th, 2009
4:43 pm

DB G:

I hear you but I want term limits because I just get sick of seeing most of them year after year. Enough is enough. They all need to get a job and work the rest of their life. Part of what is wrong is that it was never intended to be a full-time deal. They lose touch with the public, most have never run a business or anything close to it. Fewer and fewer have served in the military and most of them have been born with that “silver spoon” in their mouth.

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 24th, 2009
4:49 pm

Like Bosch and Corporal, I think we might as well be peeing at the moon as thinking anything will be done about this. The Incumbents (D & R) have a vested interest in seeing that the game isn’t changed. About the only way to get rid of an entrenched Congressman now is to convict them of something. Only a few of them are stupid enough not to cover their tracks, although we do get to perp walk one every now and then.

The other day when Jay was on TV he made a comment about the “old culture” and the “new culture” when referring to Wall Street. While I wish he was right about that I don’t think he is. Wall Street and Washington as well as the lobbyists are all in this game together. It’s mutual back scratching. They all have an interest in protecting the status quo. So they’ll say the right things, make a few small changes, and repackage things. Then it’ll be right back to business as usual. Every person who can change the system is a beneficiary of the system.

Bosch

March 24th, 2009
4:50 pm

Thanks Corporal,

I’ll show that to my kids too.

Brad Steel

March 24th, 2009
4:51 pm

No wonder why the effective tax rate for rich guys is only 17%. They have to use theri money to create those lobbying jobs.

Midori

March 24th, 2009
4:52 pm

Commie,

I hear you knocking, but you can’t come in.

Try REreading my 4:46.

DB, Gwinnettian

March 24th, 2009
4:54 pm

“They all need to get a job and work the rest of their life. Part of what is wrong is that it was never intended to be a full-time deal. They lose touch with the public, most have never run a business or anything close to it. Fewer and fewer have served in the military and most of them have been born with that “silver spoon” in their mouth.”

I think that’s wrong on several levels.

I have no problem with someone deciding that they want to be an elected official for a living.

I also don’t get where people think this wasn’t intended to be a full time deal (I hear that a lot)–if a legislative body has enough work that they need to be in session most of the year, big whoop.

I also don’t see why it’s especially important to have “Background X”–you mentioned running a business or serving in the armed services, but those vocations don’t insulate people from later corruption as a politician.

I’m not trying to be a contrarian, I’m just challenging these conventional wisdoms, is all.

(As for those being born with a silver spoon in their mouths, I don’t know that that’s really the case–is there more inherited wealth involved in Congress than, say, that Top 25 CEOs list I’d linked before?)

CommunistAJC

March 24th, 2009
4:55 pm

The Corporal, you mean like:

Robert Byrd (50 years, 2 months, 13 days)

Ted Kennedy (46 years, 4 months, 9 days)

Daniel K. Inouye ( 46 years, 2 months, 13 days)

Ted Stevens ( 40 years, 10 days)

Ernest F. Hollings ( 38 years, 1 month, 25 days)

Joseph R. Biden, Jr. ( 36 years, 13 days)

Joey

March 24th, 2009
4:59 pm

It is not the Lobbyist who are to blame. It is the Senators and Representatives who feed at the table Lobbyist set? Senators and Representatives build the tables and open their doors to these bribes.

Yes we need regulation, but Congress will never restrain itself. And this includes Dodd, Reid, Frank, Pelosi, etc. I am sure there are a few exceptions, but damn few.

Midori

March 24th, 2009
5:03 pm

excellent post, Joey.

I try not to be critical of congressional dems, but they sure make it mighty difficult.

however, I think it’s safe to say that lobbyists aren’t going anywhere. Why should they when the gettings so good.

Wer’e going to have another Jack Abramoff scandal – only this time it will include Democrats, as they are the party in power.

i hate vicious cycles.

The Corporal

March 24th, 2009
5:10 pm

Bosch:

10-4. Hope it helps.

Taxpayer

March 24th, 2009
5:10 pm

Jay,

You and I both know that there is much more to Congress than just the funding used to buy a season ticket on one side of the aisle. In fact, there are clearly many approaches used to accomplish a given ‘influence’ goal ranging from electing officials that have a greater liklihood to appoint persons with certain philosophies to publishing targeted research near election time that is intended to steer the vote, etc. The fact that politicians have to get out and beat the Bushes for campaign funds is just a sign of the economically depressing times. Anyway, it’s about time that they had to work for a little of their money. Here’s a little more on the subject:

…Interest groups generally do not explicitly sponsor their own members as candidates for elected public office (though they often do seek to put their own members into appointed public office, particularly where economic regulation is concerned). Interest groups generally do not embrace explicit party labels that voters use as cues to identify their political orientation. However, some groups of voters may associate specific interest groups with particular parties in a more general way. Also, recent years have witnessed an increasing number of ideologically driven and public interest groups (Citizens for Tax Justice, Christian Coalition, Moveon.org, and others), whose orientation is either explicitly spelled out, or otherwise widely known. Narrowly focused private interest groups, in contrast, tend to downplay ideological labels…

Then, there are the multitudes of activities that occur behind the scenes such as Newt being hired to write an opinion piece or even hookers used to blackmail, etc. Oh, what a tangled web.

CommunistAJC

March 24th, 2009
5:12 pm

If anyone is interested in reading the entire list of longest serving senators.

http://www.senate.gov/senators/Biographical/longest_serving.htm

The Corporal

March 24th, 2009
5:14 pm

OFF TOPIC:

I’m reading an excellent book entitled “If Not Now When” about the life of Colonel Jack Jacobs (Medal of Honor). It’s about Vietnam but this quote is certainly applicable to 2003 and probably what is going on right now as I type this ………..

“The failure of the American adventure in Vietnam occurred mostly by omission, not by commission ………….. and the truly tragic aspect of the debacle was that many experienced military officers at the pinnacle of the chain of command failed this country because they didn’t offer their best advice. Oddly, many of them were browbeaten, letting themselves get overwhelmed by McNamara and his staff to the pont that they were too intimidated to speak frankly. This was nothing new. Even Napoleon despaired of such creatures: ‘The people to fear are not those who disagree with you,’ he said, ‘but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.’ To our great sadness, we would see these officers again in 2003.”

I read another account where Commandant Greene (USMC) said his only regret was that the Joint Chiefs of Staff did not resign en masse during V.N. Their careers were already accomplished and they talked about it ….. but they did not have the courage of the very troops they were supposed to be commanding ………..

Ditto 2003 and today? …. well, the jury is still out.

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 24th, 2009
5:15 pm

George Washington –
- Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

getalife

March 24th, 2009
5:26 pm

Yes lobbyists are legal bribery but look no further than the billions donated by these bailed out institutions to see the real corruption.

Both parties are corrupt yet they still get reelected and will continue to get reelected by using the billions these bailed out institutions give them.

Dusty

March 24th, 2009
5:29 pm

Could we picture a world without lobbyists? A world where a member of Congress makes up his/her mind on the facts and what the constiuents tell the elected one and with personal INTEGRITY?

I can’t tell whether the kidnappers for votes and money are the legislators or the lobbyists. But I know you can dump lobbyists by choice and legislators by vote.

The greatest governing bodies we have in our history had NO lobbyists. Need I mention Washington, Jefferson and the Adams? They pulled us forward with no help from the clutches of lobbyists.

Our Congress must be led by the individuals we elect, not the paid individuals who offer endearments for voter acqusition. Is personal honesty now outdated?

CommunistAJC

March 24th, 2009
5:30 pm

For Jay Bookmans political correctness circus: OFF TOPIC

More proof that President Teleprompter is socialist.

U.S. Seeks Expanded Power to Seize Firms
Goal Is to Limit Risk to Broader Economy

The Obama administration is considering asking Congress to give the Treasury secretary unprecedented powers to initiate the seizure of non-bank financial companies, such as large insurers, investment firms and hedge funds, whose collapse would damage the broader economy, according to an administration document.

The government at present has the authority to seize only banks.

Giving the Treasury secretary authority over a broader range of companies would mark a significant shift from the existing model of financial regulation, which relies on independent agencies that are shielded from the political process. The Treasury secretary, a member of the president’s Cabinet, would exercise the new powers in consultation with the White House, the Federal Reserve and other regulators, according to the document.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/23/AR2009032302830_pf.html

I Report/ You Whine

March 24th, 2009
5:36 pm

Oh yeah, now that Impeachment Boy has finished hiring his kabinet, it’s once again safe to whine about lobbyists.

Is there nothing about the Constitution that you libs like?

It calls it the right “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Lobbyists are people hired to do that for you, so that you can actually stay home with the kids and remain gainfully employed rather than spend your life in the corridors of Washington.-Krauthammer

Although I will give you one point that you didn’t make clear in your screed, usually it’s the lobbyists that pass out the goodies, not the Congressman.

We are a pretty stupid country anymore, aren’t we?

getalife

March 24th, 2009
5:46 pm

“We are a pretty stupid country anymore, aren’t we?”

I think that line proves we are.

Taxpayer

March 24th, 2009
5:50 pm

I wonder how many lobbyists are out there looking for politicians that can help with reducing their client’s taxes. I mean, after all, these billions of dollars in bailouts must surely fall into the 30% tax category, don’t they. Then again, insurance payouts are considered as taxable income. But, what about credit default swaps. They are not REALLY insurance even though they appear to be. Such taxing issues. Whatever, the correct answer, I doubt that it favors we the people. We have got to become more effective lobbyists. Then again, maybe we have. We’ll just have to wait and see if Obama delivers. So far so good.

Taxpayer

March 24th, 2009
5:52 pm

Oops. That should have said that insurance payouts aren’t taxable at least up to the amount of losses.

@@

March 24th, 2009
5:54 pm

Now that’s what I call hob-knobbin’!!!!

…or as they say in Chicago — PAY TO PLAY.

Dusty:

I answered your question on Petreaus downstairs.

@@

March 24th, 2009
6:06 pm

As far as the term-limits go, there’s a lot that can be said for inexperience /BIG SNARK.

Taxpayer

March 24th, 2009
6:10 pm

@@, were you one of those that got re-hired.

Dusty

March 24th, 2009
6:15 pm

@@

I found it after I went back. That’s a problem here for me. I can’t stay too long and then when I come back, Bookman has started a new subject and there I go. Soo..It’s not my fault!!! Ah ha!! Nope!

Anyway, I could vote for Petraeus for President with ease. In fact, right now, if only….

@@

March 24th, 2009
6:18 pm

Actually, Taxpayer, when I was working in local politics, I was re-hired (at their request) three times. I’d get fed up with all the bs, tell ‘em so and quit. They’d call me to come back several months later.

Democrats into S&M….whodathunkit?

NRB

March 24th, 2009
6:18 pm

I noticed some Dems in that list. Say it ain’t so.

http://unearthlywisdom.com/

@@

March 24th, 2009
6:27 pm

Taxpayer:

And ‘ya know what straw broke the camel’s back? My boss made it his personal mission to fire one of the hardest workers in sight while giving the deadwoods a pass. THAT, I would not tolerate. I testified in her behalf before the Civil Service Board. She won.

Then my boss seeks retribution by telling me he’s MY boss?

Done…..finished…..finito!!!!

I don’t work for people for whom I have no respect.

PJ

March 24th, 2009
6:39 pm

Dusty said that Washington, Jefferson, and Adams weren’t influenced in their day but that’s not true. Why do you think Slavery was still allowed to exist even after something as perfect as our Constitution was written. The dollars and cents of the time (including their own except for Adams) had a great effect on the treatment of the Slave issue.

Money and the want of more has and always will be a direct consequence of political thinking. Public finance of elections will help but will never keep monetary funds from being a part of our system. We must hold them accountable with our votes. Also, I feel there is nothing wrong with re-electing the some individual to public office if they are doing their job and their constituents are happy with them. I thought the 22nd amendment was a big mistake on Congress’s part limiting a President to two terms (that is until GW Bush) as did Dwight D. Eisenhower (the first President this law effected).

Adams had his own problem with influence with his signing of the Alien & Sedition Acts of 1798. He did not want to sign this bill but was pressured by his fellow Federalist to do so and in doing so lost his bid for re-election. Therefore, history teaches us that if what an elected official does, does not please us, he can and will be ejected from office.

@@

March 24th, 2009
6:41 pm

I went into that unearthlywisdom.com link and read some of the comments about the AJC’s bias. There was this response from Julia Wallace, writer of the piece:

In homefinder, you’re right, we need to find a balance. Stories about beautiful homes remain popular. I suppose it’s a welcome break from these tough economic times. Those are some of most clicked-on photo galleries on ajc.com. However, there are many people facing much more serious home issues, and we need to provide that information as well.

A friend pointed out to me years ago, that those home gallery photos fed the class-envy crowd — essential to the AJC.

Makes sense.

Chad Harris

March 24th, 2009
6:44 pm

Thanks to then Senator Gramm, Greenspan, Paulson and Bush the House of Cards is down. The Congress until 2006 was totally Rethugnut dominated.

Last night Constitutional Law expert Johnathan Turley outlined the reasons for investigation into the war crimes of Numnut Bush and Draft Dodger Cheney.

Instead of debating crimes with Cheney he should be indicted and forced to defend them. It’s way overdue for a Special Prosecutor to investigate the war crimes.

Case for Prosecuting Cheney and Bush for Warcrimes

Chad Harris

March 24th, 2009
6:50 pm

Chad Harris

March 24th, 2009
7:04 pm

Dusty is still PO’d that Washington, Jefferson and Adams wouldn’t listen to him when they were in office.

david wayne osedach

March 24th, 2009
7:08 pm

Dodd is making out like a bandit. Even though he is from Connecticut he lobbied for the Big Three auto bailout. Between that and his kickbacks from AIG – he is making out big time.

G

March 24th, 2009
7:16 pm

I was watching Bill Moyers a while back, and his guest, I can’t recall the name, gave a very detailed account of how the lobbying industry began.

It started with universities wanting to secure money for themselves and then it spiraled out of control to become what we have today. Lobbyists are a fairly recent development in our two hundred and thirty three year history so I don’t see why people think that lobbyists are necessary.

If our cities and states need to petition for money that is what our representatives and senators are there for.

G

March 24th, 2009
7:22 pm

The GOP is a lobbyist group for the religious nut wing.

Dave R

March 24th, 2009
7:24 pm

And the Dems are lobbyists for all the other nuts out there.

CommunistAJC

March 24th, 2009
7:28 pm

G gives us a whole new meaning to the word stupid.

remedy

March 24th, 2009
7:28 pm

Solution – term limits (snowball’s chance!!!)… Just wish the media and public outrage would focus on these boondoggles!!!

But wait, we get yet another opportunity tonight to listen to Mr. “cut taxes for a taxpayer who pays no taxes” or is it Mr. “limits deductions and increases tax rates for high-income earners” tonight.

Wonder what Mr. “most transparent president” is planning to pass in the dark of night this time….

CommunistAJC

March 24th, 2009
7:28 pm

CHAD HARRIS IS NOT A REAL DOCTOR BUT HE PLAYS ONE ON AJC.

CommunistAJC

March 24th, 2009
7:29 pm

The DNC are lobbyists for the satanist nut wing.

G

March 24th, 2009
7:30 pm

Lobbyists who campaign on behalf of defense contractors, high risk financial institutions, and greedy corporations who care less about the health and safety of consumers have helped to ruin our country, our economy and our security.

I’d be willing to legislate away campaign contributions from all interest groups and only allow individuals to donate to campaigns with a cap on how much they are allowed to give. That way their corporate lobbying efforts will be on equal footing with the lobbying efforts of groups who represent the average American i.e., community organizing groups.

Everyone’s voice is heard and everyone’s right to free speech is not violated.

AmVet

March 24th, 2009
7:30 pm

Just the facts ma’am:

Over four thousand, six hundred political action committees

Nearly 12,000 registered lobbyists.

$1.2Billion to influence politicians.

The worst government money can buy…

G

March 24th, 2009
7:31 pm

Communist loves gestation terminations.

@@

March 24th, 2009
7:31 pm

Environmental lobbyists.

Lobbyists in education.

Union lobbyists.

Down with lobbyists!!!!

CommunistAJC

March 24th, 2009
7:33 pm

G, you may want to calm the name calling down a bit. Jay will ban you.

G

March 24th, 2009
7:35 pm

Communist, how many times do I have to flush to get rid of you?

G

March 24th, 2009
7:36 pm

Communist, Jesus just called. He hates you after all.

G

March 24th, 2009
7:38 pm

Communist, people come and people go, the sooner you’re gone, the better.

G

March 24th, 2009
7:40 pm

Communist, nature played a cruel trick on you – you lived.

G

March 24th, 2009
7:43 pm

The Rushpublicants are losing their pitiful minds over President Obama, he has enacted one of the most progressive agendas since LBJ.

Fact is, President Obama has a huge approval rating and most Americans want him to succeed except for the bitter Rushpublicants who spend more time trying to win elections than governing and leading.

This will come back to haunt them next year in the midterms, guaranteed.

Gotta go watch my President!

@@

March 24th, 2009
7:45 pm

“Bundling up” with lobbyists.

Just say you’ve got B.Ooooooooooo

@@

March 24th, 2009
7:46 pm

Gotta go watch my President!

and……..??????

I Report/ You Whine

March 24th, 2009
7:48 pm

So ask yourself, how come the Urinal, a “news”paper that would send a team of ten reporters out to cover two or three goony moonbats throwing their feces at some capitalist building, won’t mention even a peep of the 5000 people gathered at all of the Tea Parties going on around the country?

Hmmmmmmm?

Julia?

Taxpayer

March 24th, 2009
7:56 pm

My favorite tea is the peach-flavored iced tea. It tastes really good but I don’t think I’d throw a party over it. That would just be weird.

Joe Matarotz

March 24th, 2009
7:59 pm

Congressmen are hypocrites? Of all the nerve…

herbK

March 24th, 2009
8:01 pm

Congress and senate have been corrupt and virtually anti-American Citizen for decades. Nothing new to see here. We need more jails for the low-rents in DC who have no business having a job. The quicker we can sweep trash out, we’ll get new trash in. Keep the brooms handy.

BDAtlanta

March 24th, 2009
8:09 pm

Bring on Jindal!!

They are going to trot him out again? If he falls on his face again will you put him back on the shelf and grab another silly puppet for the next press conf? Please?

BDAtlanta

March 24th, 2009
8:11 pm

Hey, where is O’s teleprompter?

hehehehehehehehehehehehehe

Lucid, isn’t he?

RW-(the original)

March 24th, 2009
8:14 pm

I bet PresBO is going to go back to the two screen prompter. He had a really tough time reading that single screen straight in front of him. It’s kind of funny seeing him talk without his head on a left right swivel though.

CommunistAJC

March 24th, 2009
8:14 pm

G, are you the next Lewinski? I just hope that President Teleprompter doesn’t misuse his crack pipe the way Clinton misused his cigar.

BDAtlanta

March 24th, 2009
8:15 pm

Wow, he used “sustainable” and “ingenuity” in the same sentence!

W to Laura: “What the hell is engine nudity?”

CommunistAJC

March 24th, 2009
8:16 pm

G, how many baby daddies do you have? Is President Teleprompter one of your baby daddies?

Midori

March 24th, 2009
8:17 pm

lol

Obama makes more sense using a teleprompter than Bush ever did with someone using flip charts in front of him.

and you wingnuts can’t stand it.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Watch the man use subjects that agree with verbs!!

Listen to that syntax!!

Listen to his pronounciation!! Without someone having to spell words out for him phonetically!!!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Y

Midori

March 24th, 2009
8:18 pm

BD,

Think he will put food on our families?

Midori

March 24th, 2009
8:19 pm

WOW!!

Telly Prompter sure is doing a great job!!

He will have to provide snacks at our next meet up.

*snicker*

BDAtlanta

March 24th, 2009
8:20 pm

Midori,
Our gynecologists can practice their love with women all across this land.

Midori

March 24th, 2009
8:21 pm

I’ve never noticed this before: Obama sure has big ears!!

maybe Telly Prompter can do something about that too.

after all, we all know that Telly Prompter is ALL POWERFUL!!!

Midori

March 24th, 2009
8:21 pm

Bad BD!!!

BAD!!! :lol:

BDAtlanta

March 24th, 2009
8:38 pm

Oh no, he called on Fox News?

I knew Obama was a fascist!!

CommunistAJC

March 24th, 2009
8:39 pm

G, you so elegantly wrote: Communist, Jesus just called. He hates you after all.

Let me get this straight, someone, who you don’t believe existed and someone who spreads love, called you up to tell you that he hates me.

G, you have some serious issues. I suggest getting help soon before you hurt yourself or your parents. I mean, living in your mom’s basement has indeed taken its toll on you.

Midori

March 24th, 2009
8:39 pm

relax, BD — FOX is full of fish.

that’s why they and Obama can coexist peacefully. :)

Obambi's TelePrompter

March 24th, 2009
8:41 pm

I wanted to watch American Idol but no, my little tard wants to hog the camera some more.

ew

RW-(the original)

March 24th, 2009
8:46 pm

If Obama is so smart why is accepting this reporters absurd premise that 1 in 50 children in the US is sleeping under a bridge?

Obambi's TelePrompter

March 24th, 2009
8:50 pm

I did not say “uh” dammit, it is not me!

Stop it saying “uh” you cripple!

Somebody please help me!

RW-(the original)

March 24th, 2009
8:51 pm

This is the second answer where he’s talked about how hard his job is. Are you libs going to lampoon him for the rest of his term or reflect and realize GWB was right?

Obambi's TelePrompter

March 24th, 2009
8:54 pm

Enter your comments here

Obambi's TelePrompter

March 24th, 2009
8:56 pm

Enter what you want the president to say here.