Comcast, government corruption at its finest

Discussion in 'Politics and News' started by Modelworks, May 26, 2010.

  1. Modelworks

    Modelworks Lifer

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    Why are governors involved with a decision the FCC should be making based on the established laws ? I guess they are there to hand out the white out for any parts the FCC has problems with. And just for good measure they have another 54 former government employees to help the FCC make the right decisions.
    Sickening.



    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5icJPApficgSpTZmSPbIylqgYnyrAD9FU2E1O4





    http://mobile.politico.com/story.cfm?id=37772&cat=topnews

     
  2. Patranus

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    What is corrupt about a company buying another company?
     
  3. child of wonder

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    Lobbying should be made illegal.
     
  4. Patranus

    Patranus Diamond Member

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    Free speech should be illegal?

    Thanks for making your position clear.
     
  5. MotF Bane

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    If Patterson supports it, it's probably a fucking terrible idea.
     
  6. child of wonder

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    Weak.

    You know damn well what I mean: people who are paid to influence politicians through whatever means necessary. Not constituents who want to make their opinions or beliefs known to their elected officials.
     
  7. Patranus

    Patranus Diamond Member

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    Companies are the government constituents as well.
     
  8. child of wonder

    child of wonder Diamond Member

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    Sure. They're free to contact politicians via the same channels as everyone else.

    They should not, IMO, be able to hire someone who roams the halls of Congress for the sole purpose of pimping whatever agenda the company wants at Congressmen/women and Senators from other states.

    Lobbying is allowed to exist because it appeals to the vanity of people in power and helps those with the most dollars have the most say.
     
  9. Patranus

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    The ACLU, SEIU, teachers unions, and the NRA all do the same thing when representing certain groups of citizens. Companies hiring someone to do it is not different.
     
  10. nonlnear

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    It's silly to think that there is ever a way to end lobbying. The best we can do is make government much more transparent. What I'd like to see is a law that makes every second of every government employee's professional life public record, starting with Congress. Make it a felony for a government employee to discuss any government business over which that employee has any influence with anyone who is not a government employee or who has an interest in some extra-governmental concern without being knowingly recorded and published. Leave exceptions for specifically privileged conversations, and for a representative/Senator's own constituents when not representing corporate interests.

    Also a ban on fundraisers within 100 miles of DC except for those Congresscritters whose districts are within that circle wouldn't hurt.
     
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  11. Circlenaut

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    Still a stupid idea. Each citizen (not entities or companies) should have equal power to influence their representatives and senators.
     
  12. Circlenaut

    Circlenaut Platinum Member

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    Best Idea I've heard. I posted about this before:

    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=314301&highlight=government
     
  13. nonlnear

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