Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The FELL Act

Full Employment for Lobbying Leeches
The Obama administration has gone right to work to fight the rise in unemployment.

They began with the high-risk group…LOBBYISTS.

Here in Elgin we have an ace-in-the-hole. The City of Elgin hired an ex-Obama staffer to represent the interests of the city in Foggy Bottom (DC). The price tag? $60K a year.

Why? Well, we’ve got to muscle in to our place at the trough.

There are THREE TRILLION DOLLARS worth of pork to be had.

We’ve got to get our share of ...the foreclosure money.
…and green intiative money
…and school money
…and Internet superhighway for the disadvantaged money
…and road money
…and bridge money
…and mass transit money

As Charles Krauthammer wrote in the op section:
“The Age of Obama begins with perhaps the greatest frenzy of old-politics influence peddling ever seen in Washington. By the time the stimulus bill reached the Senate, reports The Wall Street Journal, pharmaceutical and high-tech companies were lobbying furiously for a new plan to repatriate overseas profits to yield major tax savings. California wine growers and Florida citrus producers were fighting for a windfall new "bonus depreciation" incentive.”

As a former community organizer, Obama is familiar with the way federal money is thrown around. If he’s forgotten he can ask his gal Valerie Jarrett to explain it.

And he knows that public projects involve lobbyists, waste, and a certain amount of loss due to corruption. (Again, Jarrett can fill him in there.) Not to mention…
…prevailing wage laws
…affirmative action clauses
…rules and regulations on safety and environmental impact

But Obama has learned well from Harry Reid. If the deal stinks, rush it. (Watch for Rule 14 and clay pigeons.)

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