How to stop lobbying
Posted by aogFriday, 12 December 2003 at 07:47
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CounterSpin was on the radio last night as I was falling asleep, but it almost woke me up from laughing. The moderator was going on about the recent prescription drug legislation. Several of the comments were just bizarre:
- It turns out that spending $400 billion on prescription drugs will benefit the drug sellers. Imagine that - buying a corporation’s products benefits the corporation! Apparently CounterSpin lives in a world where buying products should hurt the people selling them.
- Big Pharma donated money to legislators who voted on the bill. Honestly, my first thought was “how could they donate money to legislators who wouldn’t vote on the bill?” Should Big Pharma look at absentee records and only donate to legislators who don’t show up for votes?
- The moderator was upset that other media hadn’t reported that legislators who voted for the bill received more money from Big Pharma (on average) than those who didn’t before the bill passed. Is it really so unreasonable to withhold judgement on who voted for a bill until after they actually vote?
The overall bizareness was the viewpoint that it should be the case that the federal government could decide on whether to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on some industry’s products without that industry doing some big time lobbying. It seems to me that if such lobbying is a problem, let’s just not spend the money. But that thought never seems to occur to the left side of the aisle.