Chipping Santorum - Show Me The Money and Political Power Behind The PAWS Bill
Money Can Buy Love - And Congress
It's true - Congress is for sale. Convicted on federal bribery and fraud charges, lobbyist Jack Abramoff was a very busy boy, indeed, spreading BIG FAT green wads of cash to good little House Reps and Senators (as long as they did his bidding).
So blatant in his bribery and influence peddling, Dirty Jack even paid good little congressional wives, leaving BIG FAT green checks under their firm, yet soft pillows, encased in crisp 700 thread count Egyptian cotton, for vague but highly valuable "services". Now that's creative financing. Meanwhile............
How Dirty Boys Get Clean
Puppy champion Rick Santorum was amongst the recipients of that Dirty Jack Abramoff money. The infamous author of the so called "anti-puppymill bill - The PAWS Bill - SB 1139/HB 2776 - scrambled to dump the dirty money some charity in an effort to cleanse himself just in time - he's trying to keep his seat in the Senate.
But look closely at his photo. Notice that both sides of Santorum's mouth are open? That's because the talented Mr. Rick is blessed with the ability to speak from both sides of his mouth at the same time.
On the left side of his mouth, Rick's saying we need lobbying reform, so in a laugh-out-loud spin move, Santorum is leading the GOP charge for ethics reform, along side of John McCain, holding just-in-time hearings to "clean up Congress".
Now on the right side of his mouth, Rick is thanking all those generous lobbyists for contributing to his 2006 reelection campaign. In fact, Rick Santorum is soooo popular with lobbyists, he's been named as the country's top recipient of campaign contributions from lobbyists for the 2006 election cycle. I wonder - is there any lobby money behind PAWS???????
Bribery In Washington - Business As Usual
Not without reason, a whopping 77% of Americans think bribery is "the way things work in Congress", according to a CBS News/NY Times poll, and 61% disapprove of the job Congress is doing.
What About The PAWS Bill?
What about Rick Santorum and the PAWS Bill? What were the motivators behind SB1139? Do you think there's big money and big political power behind SB1139/HB2776? Or do you think Rick Santorum feels the love and just wants to help the puppy mill puppies?
American citizens have lost faith in our system, and for good reason - because members of Congress have broken our trust. The very people we've elected to office to represent us and our ideals have behaved dishonorably - and some have even acted criminally.
American citizens have the right to know the truth of what goes on in Washington - we have the right to demand accountability from our elected representatives - like what PAWS is REALLY about....
How To Restore Faith In America
No one is above the law - not even the President himself. That's why American citizens deserve a plan to track all legislators on campaign finance and influence peddling - a plan to track those who shill for lobbyists and big money.
We need a plan that will restore the public trust in our government and restore faith in the guiding principles upon which this great country was founded. We need a plan restore our faith in democracy and restore our faith in America.
To restore the public trust, we need to see which elected officials are taking money or favors - who's schmoozing it up with lobbyists for campaign donations, then doling out fat cat government contracts to their contributors and their clients . We could start with the PAWS bill.
Great sites like OpenSecrets.org , run by nonpartisans at The Center For Responsive Politics, do a great job tracking campaign finance - but it's all reporting AFTER the fact.
The (Brilliant) Plan!
Lucky for you, dear readers, I have a plan, and it's brilliant, even if I do say so myself :-)
This brilliant plan can track all that money and all that political power. It can save millions of dollars in time wasted by the Justice Department investigating bribery, fraud and other wrongdoing. This brilliant plan can save thousands of hours of wasted time spent on hearings on lobbying reform.
It's a plan every brilliant legislator in the land will no doubt support in the interest of a transparent government! It's a plan that we can roll out immediately, starting by...........