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The Lobbying Problem and How We Can Fix It

Lobbying on K Street

We have a lobbying problem in Congress. Beginning in the early 2000s, the amount of money being spent to lobby Congress exceeded the amount of money taxpayers were spending to fund Congress: Corporations now spend about $2.6 billion a year

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Monsanto Lobbyist Insists Roundup is Safe to Drink ... Then Refuses to Drink Some

Roundup Ultimate Killing Machine

A Monsanto lobbyist interviewed on French television made claims that the flagship Monsanto herbicide, Roundup, is safe for humans to drink. Little did he know that the interviewer actually had a glass of Roundup right there ready to drink. Here’s

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Democrats Pretend to be Anti-Corporation but Hypocritically Support the Export-Import Bank!

broken bank

Democrats frequently accuse Republicans of being the party of big business, but the parties’ respective positions on the Export-Import Bank would seem to belie that narrative. In an op-ed for The Daily Beast on Sunday, Mercatus Center senior fellow Veronique de Rugy conceded that, “Republicans are indeed big supporters of

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Fannie Mae Is At It Again!

Fannie Mae

Mortgage giant Fannie Mae, the too-big-to-fail bailout beneficiary, is apparently at it again—doing everything in its power to sink the economy into another recession: The Federal Housing Finance Agency inspector general said its latest concerns involve Fannie Mae’s “haphazard” decision to

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The Direct Line Between Lobbying the DHS and Getting Defense Contracts

DHS palm greasing

The top five contractors for the DHS, in terms of the value of defense contracts, spent millions on lobbying and political contributions to receive almost $9 billion worth of DHS contracts: MapLight looked into the contracts awarded by the DHS

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Why Isn’t Anyone Angry Over Failing Vaccines from Merck?

measles Merck

In the wake of the recent measles “outbreak” that affected a few dozen people, pro-vaxxers got the anger machine churning over all the anti-vaxxers who have threatened the safety, health, and herd immunity of the whole population by their close-minded, superstitious,

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Feds Give $39 Billion A Year to Solar Industry; Only 0.5% of Power Generated by Solar

flying money

If “green” really was the way to go, we wouldn’t need any government subsidies to produce it. The market would demand it, and innovators would create the supply. The competition would naturally drive prices down, and the quality of the

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A Rock and a Hard Place: Civil Corruption and Crony Capitalism

crony capitalism

Should corporations be allowed to operate freely without government interference? Or do they need to be regulated by government to make sure corporations treat people fairly? Nope. Neither of these options are possible right now. We’re between a rock and

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IRS Hires CGI Federal, the Same Company that Flubbed Healthcare.gov!

CGI Federal Cron Gonnegtions Incorporated

What in the world? I know that civil government is famous for inefficiency, over-spending, corruption, larceny, and just plain stupid, but this beggars belief. After the feds fired CGI Federal for its very expensive and ultimately botched design of Healthcare.gov,

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The Majority of Current Congress Members are Millionaires

Congress Money Dome small

For the first time ever, the majority of Congress members are millionaires: Among the 534 current members of Congress, at least 268 had an average net worth of $1 million or more for 2012, the CRP said, citing disclosure forms filed

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Turns Out Sugar Isn’t So Sweet

sugar cubes

Added sugar in our diets might be doing more to us than just making us fat, according to a new study assessing the deleterious effects of sugar in our diets: “People are becoming literate about the toxic effects of sugar,”

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You’ll Never Guess Who is Fighting Against Labeling GMO Foods

GMO tomato

Portland, Oregon has proposed legislation for labeling GMO foods, and the party opposing the labels has raised nearly twice as much money as those in favor of it. I bet you can’t guess who the biggest donor against labeling is…

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