The lobbying reform that enriched Congress

Lobbying is the big prize at the end of the line for many members of Congress. If one is already rich one can stick around as Senator or Representative. If however one is not rich K Street and the life of Gucci Gulch is always there. No one (it seems) leaves. No one quits. They shift, and they shift from Capitol Hill to Downtown a few blocks to the south and west.

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AG Loretta Lynch Can’t Make Her Mouth Say: ‘Driving 65 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone Is Against the Law’

Is it against the law? Well, I suppose that depends on what the definition of “is” is.

She didn’t say this but she might as well have.

(From PJMedia)

During Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s exasperating appearance before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, she refused to answer the simplest of questions put to her by Republicans on the panel. Rather than answer basic questions, she repeatedly suggested that the answer depended on the circumstances.

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Uber happy to help Dems in Philly, Won’t do business with GOP in Cleveland

Both conventions will no doubt be ridiculous spectacles. But Uber feels that the spectacle in the City of Brotherly Love is more politically advantageous than hanging with Republicans. This despite the fact that Democrats across the nation have fought Uber’s efforts to expand at every turn and that both Clinton and Sanders have been highly critical of the company. (This is actually one of the main reasons Uber is passing on Cleveland of course. They are intimidated and figure Clinton will likely win so it’s not worth being “tarnished”

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Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown learned Friday that she could face more than 300 years in prison (for fraud)

Well, we’ll see what happens with Ms. Brown. Looks like she was a bit too blatant in her efforts, but the courts will decide that. However I think this quote from the article is very telling,

“The government’s decision to treat Congresswoman Brown like a common criminal instead of a member of Congress shows that this is a politically motivated prosecution,” she said.

The beef here seems to be that Ms. Brown is not getting the customary treatment for Representatives.

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Did you know that taxpayers continue to fund an office and staff for former Speaker John Boehner? Yep, that guy. (VIDEO)

What kind of “conservative” quits Congress but continues to have the taxpayers pay for an office and staff? No wonder we could never get spending curtailed with Speaker Boehner in office. He didn’t and doesn’t care about the money we send to Washington. Clearly in his eyes such funds are spoils not a precious resource.

Sadly it appears the same can be said for Speaker Ryan.

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(Just don’t call it a bailout) House passes Puerto Rico rescue

How great of the House. Thanks for setting a precedent for states like Illinois, and California which will soon see shortfalls due to overly generous government worker pensions and will soon also be begging Washington to save their overspending posteriors. By which we mean Cali and Illinois will be begging Washington to force US taxpayers to save them. I mean if lowly Puerto Rico can get a “rescue” surely mighty California can get one.

You bet.

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Rep. Mulvaney weighs in on the Pentagon’s massive overseas slush fund

Why are we writing the Pentagon a nearly blank check? It’s just not very smart.

“Conservatives,” open ended military spending is not very conservative at all.

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Did Paul Ryan just agree to a bailout of Puerto Rico?

As we’ve said before Puerto Rico is Detroit with palm trees. Its massive patronage system, its army of “public” employees and big government generally bankrupted the island. Now the Dems want the government employees to get the pensions for which there is no money, all the while stiffing the people who lent Puerto Rico the money it now owes.

There are pretty much no good guys here. The government workers are to blame. The bondholders knew they were buying sketchy stuff but assumed they’d be indemnified.

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‘It’s far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification’ – Congressman ‘X’

Looks like we might have a good book to take with us to the beach this year. It’s short, fewer than 100 pages, but it looks full of goodies. The Daily Mail reports that he (or she?) has much to say. It’s all stuff we know of course, but it’s a member of Congress saying it.

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FDA Defies Congress, Slips Money to Hospitals, and Stiffs Consumers

It is important for Americans to understand that the FDA is in partnership with industry. The two giants work together. What may appear to be some consumer friendly “reform” almost always ends up benefiting some company or group of companies. The FDA is a deeply crony agency. In fact facilitating cronyism is a key part (if not THE key part) of its mission.

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