Who writes the laws? The lobbyists.This isn’t completely true, but it is true to a very large extent as this article explains.
The thicker the law, the more opaque the legislation, the more opportunities there are to make money. There’s a reason Obamacare is a stack of papers taller than a man, same for Dodd-Frank. Both laws deal with impossibly complex areas of the economy best left to market mechanisms. To a very large extent the problems which both Obamacare and Dodd-Frank seek to address, access to healthcare and a corrupt banking system respectively, are problems created by prior government involvement in the marketplace.
Bloomberg reports that after the teachers unions the postal unions, give more to congressional Dems than any other group of unions, $9.6 million over the past 5 years. There’s a post office in each congressional district after all.
This is a nice little tool provided by Wired Magazine and Maplight.org. It’s easy to use and very illuminating. Feel free to use the information at any town hall gatherings you may be attending in the next couple of weeks.