I agree. This is his toughest Ad yet.
Tough ad (and a good one, too).
Yet more throwing stones in glass houses.
How many lobbyists does Obama have as advisors?
And let’s not forget Daniel Shapiro, Moses Mercado, Buffy Wicks, Steve Hildebrand, etc.
And Obama is complaining about hate ads by McCain?
The lobbyists issue has been too over-simplified for my taste. Lobbying by itself isn’t bad. A small group of citizens could theoretically band together, contact their representative, and lobby him or her for something without paying a dime.
The problem is that this is mostly theoretical. They are unlikely to get access to their representative without donating a lot of money and hiring a lobbyist with personal connections to get them in the door.
Money is power, and restricting lobbying doesn’t do much to change that equation. To make real reform, you need to find a way to reduce the power of money.
One good idea that I have heard is to require all campaign contributions go through a blind trust. The money would be released to the politician in even-sized amounts and on a time delay to mask the original donator. If a politician has no idea who gave him the money, then he doesn’t owe anyone a favor.
Another idea is to multiply small campaign contributions with public financing dollars. So for every dollar you give up to $200, the politician will get 3x in return. That will increase the power and value of small contributions, and thus lessen the power of wealthy corporations and rich donors.
Alex, Obama is no angel regarding lobbying, but he is far better than McCain on this issue. For one, he’s taken $0 from registered lobbyists. That is something McCain was unwilling to do.
Money is power. You can’t get access to your representative without donating money or hiring a lobbyist.
You have given up before you even start. Don’t you know you elect these guys?
The United States has sold its governance off without objection from its people.
Your proposal is nothing more than a half-assed plan to try and help the little guy buy access too.
I saw this one twice over the weekend, and although I like the message, the pace is really off — that first screen introduces the theme with a clip from the convention, but it is such a small segment. So when the slides run through the various badguys, it’s hard to understand why I should care, unless I’m personally already carrying around the “John McCain is against Lobbyists” meme. It’s an insider’s ad, good for us beltway dwellers, but I’m pretty sure it falls flat on Sarah fans.
I don’t think Sarah fans were ever going to vote Democratic anyway. What choosing her has done is to bring the Republican base out of its funk over not getting a candidate they like. Now they focus on an imaginary future in which a conservative outsider knocks heads together to reduce government spending, appoints judges who will overturn Roe v. Wade and racks up wonderful “victories” against scary people abroad.
Obama and Biden need to remind the rest of us how delusional that vision is: McCain and Palin aren’t talking about real spending cuts, just cosmetic ones; their anti-choice judges would in fact overturn Roe v. Wade (Palin’s “respect” for others’ views notwithstanding) AND (less well-known), continue asserting that corporations have far more rights than people do; and the big surge-to-an-expensive stalemate isn’t much of a victory (even Palin calls victory “in sight”, not accomplished — expect that “in sight” status to continue indefinitely) and fighting in Iran and Georgia would require conscription to say nothing of threatening nuclear war.
Complex governance continues even when simple minds occupy the White House. What troubles me most about the choice of Palin is that K Street is basically thumbing its nose at us. It literally doesn’t matter which American Idol we install at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave: K Street lobbying will continue running the show regardless of the figurehead smiling at us on the TeeVee.
I was pleased when I saw this ad; it’s something that definitely needs to be pointed out.
I’m not so pleased at the McCain ad calling Palin/McCain reformers who fight Republicans. So freaking hypocritical.
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