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Morning Bell: Real Change Through Conservative Principles
Posted By Conn Carroll On February 18, 2008 @ 8:17 am In First Principles | Comments Disabled
The Washington Post Magazine  yesterday published a must-read look at how Washington, D.C., really works. Far too often the Post and other media focus far too much attention on how election campaigns are financed and not nearly of attention on how lobbying campaigns are actually run. This type of coverage leads to meaningless regulation  that assaults the First Amendment  and goes by silly names like “the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate .”
Jeffrey Birnbaum’s Feb. 17 piece tells the story of how the chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Jay Rasulo, almost secured $200 million a year in corporate pork from Congress for the “Holy Grail” of the travel industry: a permanent government-funded overseas tourism ad campaign. The article details Rasulo’s savvy and complex lobbying campaign that convinced the likes of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) to sign off on spending taxpayer dollars to help underwrite advertising for the third largest media and entertainment company in the world .
The only thing standing in the way of shelling out $200 million in corporate pork to a $63.6 billion company? Birnbaum writes:
Conservatives in the Senate led by South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint saw the advertising program as an unwarranted giveaway to wealthy corporations. “It’s not a legitimate federal role,” DeMint said.
That is how real change is made in Washington: when public officials ask basic questions based on sound conservative principles. Isn’t this a activity better coordinated by the private sector? Can the government really do this better? Is this new program really a legitimate federal role? Making sure we have the officeholders that ask these questions is the only way to bring real change to Washington. Not more laws and regulations that limit the First Amendment and only increase the power  of establishment Washington players.
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URLs in this post:
 The Washington Post Magazine: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/13/AR2008021302837_pf.html
 meaningless : http://wonkette.com/politics/ask-a-lobbyist-dept
 regulation: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/03/washington/03lobby.html?_r=1&ex=1357102800&en=8d2871a236a74cd1&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&oref=slogin
 assaults the First Amendment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipartisan_Campaign_Reform_Act
 the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate: http://www.barackobama.com/2007/02/10/remarks_of_senator_barack_obam_11.php
 the third largest media and entertainment company in the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Walt_Disney_Company
 only increase the power: http://www.foundry.org/2008/01/09/morning-bell-january-9-2008/
 condom on a banana: http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20080217_Sex_education_led_by_teens_divides_parents.html
 backed off from threats: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080217/ap_on_bi_ge/venezuela_us_oil;_ylt=AjqdYVzgpJ88ysc6iBybHWCs0NUE
 culprits: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jTjewaSVBHqU3bSz_EksG-1TNoIwD8URAEFO2
 evolving on their own: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/17/AR2008021701687.html
 The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/16/washington/16satellite.html?adxnnl=1&pagewanted=print&adxnnlx=1203334459-4mCwIHqZVigWgkPdpuXnHA
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