Thursday, March 16, 2006
Drafted largely in response to the wide-ranging investigation involving lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the proposed ban drew quick fire on Wednesday both on and off Capitol Hill.
And some Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives complained that the moratorium proposed for them would restrict their ability to attend educational conferences and give university commencement addresses.
Such a sad state of affairs! I know this will be rough. After all, members of Congress only make $165,200 a year. A tragedy! It'll be tough to afford a a few plane tickets a year...tho I was able to afford plenty of tickets on a much lower salary. Huh.
It's not like bribes, or attempted bribes are being tossed their way. They are professionals, elected to serve their constituents, unwavering in the face of such galling attempts of woo. Right?
In his plea, [lobbyist Jack] Abramoff admitted he showered golf trips, meals, sports tickets and other gifts on lawmakers in return for actions that would help his clients. Lobbyists are prohibited from funding trips by members of Congress, but can help arrange those financed by outside groups.
Huh. Sure he's guilty, but what about those lawmakers who accepted the bribes?
Yup, I have complete faith that my elected officials have the welfare of the general public (i.e.- not just the wealthy) in the forefront of their minds...