Legislation and Lobbyists…

There are many people taking notice of modern politics for the first time in their lives. There is also some confusion noticed between two groups who talk above and around each other. Two groups communicating from two entirely different sets of understanding.  Perhaps it is valuable to reset the larger frames of reference and provide clarity.

Many, heck, most people think when they vote for a federal politician -a representative- they are voting for a person who will go to Washington DC and write or enact legislation. This is the old-fashioned “schoolhouse rock” perspective based on decades past.

There is not a single congress person who writes legislation or laws.

In 2017 not a single member of the House of Representatives or Senator writes a law, or puts pen to paper to write out a legislative construct. This simply doesn’t happen.

Over the past several decades a system of constructing legislation has taken over Washington DC that more resembles a business operation than a legislative body. Here’s how it works right now.

Outside groups, often called “special interest groups”, are entities that represent their interests in legislative constructs. These groups are often representing foreign governments, multinational corporations, banks, financial groups or businesses; or smaller groups of people with a similar connection who come together and form a larger group under an umbrella of interest specific to their like-minded affiliation.

Sometimes the groups are social interest groups; activists like climate groups, environmental interests etc. The social interest groups are usually non-profit constructs who depend on the expenditures of government to sustain their cause or need.

The for-profit groups (mostly business) have a purpose in Washington DC to shape policy, legislation and laws favorable to their interests. They have fully staffed offices just like any business would – only their ‘business’ is getting legislation for their unique interests.

These groups are filled with highly-paid lawyers who represent the interests of the entity and actually write laws and legislation briefs. In the modern era this is actually the origination of the laws that we eventually see passed by congress. Within the walls of these buildings within Washington DC is where the ‘sausage’ is actually made.

Again, no elected official is usually part of this law origination process.

Once the corporation or representative organizational entity has written the law they want to see passed – they hand it off to the lobbyists. The lobbyists are people who have deep contacts within the political bodies of the legislative branch, usually former House/Senate staff or former House/Senate politicians themselves.

The lobbyist takes the written brief, the legislative construct, and it’s their job to go to congress and sell it.

“Selling it” means finding politicians who will accept the brief, sponsor their bill and eventually get it to a vote and passage. The lobbyist does this by visiting the politician in their office, or, most currently familiar, by inviting the politician to an event they are hosting. The event is called a junket when it involves travel.

Often the lobbying “event” might be a weekend trip to a ski resort, or a “conference” that takes place at a resort. The actual sales pitch for the bill is usually not too long and the majority of the time is just like a mini vacation etc.

The size of the indulgence within the event, the amount of money the lobbyist is spending, is customarily related to the scale of benefit within the bill the sponsoring business entity is pushing.  If the sponsoring business or interest group can gain a lot of financial benefit from the legislation they spend a lot on the indulgences.

Recap: Corporations (special interest group) write the legislation. Lobbyists take the law and go find politician(s) to support it. Politicians get support from their peers using tenure and status etc. Eventually, if things go according to norm, the legislation gets a vote.

Within every step of the process there are expense account lunches, dinners, trips, venue tickets and a host of other customary financial way-points to generate/leverage a successful outcome.  The amount of money spent is proportional to the benefit derived from the outcome.

The important part to remember is that the origination of the entire system is EXTERNAL to congress.

Congress does not write laws or legislation, special interest groups do. Lobbyists are paid, some very well paid, to get politicians to go along with the need of the legislative group.

When you are voting for a Congressional Rep or a U.S. Senator you are not voting for a person who will write laws. Your rep only votes on legislation to approve or disapprove of constructs that are written by outside groups and sold to them through lobbyists who work for those outside groups.

While all of this is happening the same outside groups who write the laws are providing money for the campaigns of the politicians they need to pass them. This construct sets up the quid-pro-quo of influence, although much of it is fraught with plausible deniability.

This is the way legislation is created.

If your frame of reference is not established in this basic understanding you can often fall into the trap of viewing a politician, or political vote, through a false prism. The modern origin of all legislative constructs is not within congress.

“we’ll have to pass the bill to, well, find out what is in the bill” etc. ~ Nancy Pelosi 2009

“We rely upon the stupidity of the American voter” ~ Johnathan Gruber 2011, 2012

Now, think about this reality against the backdrop of the 2016 Presidential Election. The entire system within DC was not structurally set-up to receive a Donald Trump presidency.

If Hillary Clinton had won the election, her Oval Office desk would be filled with legislation passed by congress which she would be signing. Heck, she’d have writer’s cramp from all of the special interest legislation that would be flowing to her desk.

Why? Simply because the authors of the legislation, the special interest and lobbying groups, were spending millions to fund her campaign. President Hillary Clinton would be signing K-Street constructed special interest legislation to repay all of those donors/investors. Congress would be fast-tracking the passage because the same interest groups also fund the members of congress.

President Donald Trump winning the election threw a monkey wrench into the entire DC system…. The modern legislative machine was frozen in place.

The “America First” policies represented by candidate Donald Trump are not within the legislative constructs coming from the authors of the legislation. Congress has no bills to advance because all of the myriad of bills and briefs written are not in line with President Trump policy.

That’s why congress has not passed any substantive legislation for President Trump to sign. There was simply no entity within DC writing legislation that was in-line with President Trump’s economic and foreign policy agenda. Exactly the opposite is true. All of the DC legislative briefs and constructs were/are antithetical to Trump policy.

There were hundreds of file boxes filled with thousands of legislative constructs that became worthless when Donald Trump won the election.

Those legislative constructs (briefs) representing tens of millions of dollars worth of time and influence and are now just sitting there piled up in boxes under desks and in closets amid K-Street and the congressional offices.

Any current legislation must be in-line with an entire new political perspective, and there’s no-one, no special interest or lobbying group, currently occupying DC office space with any interest in synergy with Trump policy.

Think about the larger ramifications within that truism.

That is also why there’s so much opposition.

No legislation provided by outside interests means no work for lobbyists who sell it. No work means no money. No money means no expense accounts. No expenses means politicians paying for their own indulgences etc.  Politicians are not happy without their indulgences.

However, no K-Street expenditures -because of the futility of it- also means more money available for opposition and activist activity.

Lastly, when you understand this reality you begin to see the difference between legislation with a traditional purpose and faux-legislation with a political agenda.

Remember, politicians don’t write laws – outside groups do.

If you asked a DC Senator or House Member to actually write a law they’d look back at you like a cow just licked them on the forehead. The politician would have no clue what you are asking them to do, and would immediately look to their staff as their closest reference point (the go-betweens) for outside lobbyist assistance.

This helps to understand when Mike Lee or Ted Cruz are “pitching” a “bill they’ve written”, it’s a gimmick -a ruse- a fundraising ploy, nothing more. That’s why the bills they talk about (ie. El Chappo, Clean Repeal etc.) never actually materialize…. they are raising campaign money, not legislation.

And that’s why Trump’s legislative inbox, based on election platform priority, was empty.

Staffers with nothing to do…

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136 Responses to Legislation and Lobbyists…

  1. wheatietoo says:

    There was also that thing in Podesta’s emails…”uninformed and compliant”.
    I think that was it.
    Someone please correct me if I’m remembering it wrong.

    Keeping us ignorant and in the dark about what is going on, has been an integral part of the evil Plan.

    Liked by 29 people

    • Gil says:

      MF Podesta the molesta:

      “Well, we all thought the big problem for our US democracy was Citizens
      United/Koch Brothers big money in politics. Silly us; turns out that money
      isn’t all that important if you can conflate entertainment with the
      electoral process. Trump masters TV, TV so-called news picks up and repeats
      and repeats to death this opinionated blowhard and his hairbrained ideas,
      free-floating discontent attaches to a seeming strongman and we’re off and
      running. JFK, Jr would be delighted by all this as his “George” magazine saw
      celebrity politics coming. The magazine struggled as it was ahead of its
      time but now looks prescient. George, of course, played the development
      pretty lightly, basically for charm and gossip, like People, but what we are
      dealing with now is dead serious. How does this get handled in the general?
      Secretary Clinton is not an entertainer, and not a celebrity in the Trump,
      Kardashian mold; what can she do to offset this? I’m certain the
      poll-directed insiders are sure things will default to policy as soon as the
      conventions are over, but I think not. And as I’ve mentioned, we’ve all
      been quite content to demean government, drop civics and in general conspire
      to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry. The unawareness remains
      strong but compliance is obviously fading rapidly. This problem demands
      some serious, serious thinking – and not just poll driven,
      demographically-inspired messaging.”

      https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/3599

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      • wheatietoo says:

        Thanks, Gil!

        “…conspire to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry.”

        That was it — ‘unaware and compliant’.
        That’s how they want us, unaware and compliant.

        In other words, easily fooled and easily led.

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        • tdwesselman says:

          That someone had the balls to put that is writing just blows my mind. that the press did nit pick up on that and start screaming about it just shows where their loyalties lie.

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          • dbobway says:

            Well I needed a kick in the pants this morning. Thanks Wheatie and Gil.

            “unawareness remains
            strong but compliance is obviously fadiing”

            My lovely Wife is in this category. She is the perfect example of a citizen,
            Loves here job and her job sort of loves here back.

            I believe the Congress is fully aware, if even the skinniest O’care repeal and replace would have hit my Wife (a medium size company accountant) up side the head, immediately taken out of the group above. The tax bill that passed house yesterday will have the same affect If passed, with the mandate clause, It will change here business overnight. More pay, more growth and most important a huge boost in moral, which may be more important than anything. Every person she works with, will experience the same reality.

            The Federal Government will be changed forever by more voters getting out of the ‘compliance’ category! God bless President Trump.

            I see this gigantic industrial shop Vac as big as a Home Depot,
            Sucking all of the slimy sludge out of Washington.

            Good Friday, all!

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        • NvMtnOldMan says:

          Wheat–Like the prof that crafted the obozocazre bill.and the other Emanual in the DC swamp. Rahm’s brother/

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          • signer1 says:

            Ezekiel/ Mr. Big Pharma and Rahm both made millions from Obamacare. I’ve noticed legislature(if you want to call it that) centers around proclaiming recognition to sport figures or their local
            heroes, a day of honor, is quite the thing to do. While our Reps rely on corporations to write our laws, finding something to do, besides lunch or tying their staffer to a chair (for fun), is a challenge.

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      • MAGA-choose-it says:

        While that is an excellent email to spotlight, it is very important to note that John Podesta the torturing molesta did not write it. Podesta did not have the mindset and foresight to think about that email’s contents, write it, and implement it, or else the witch’s team might have beaten Trump. Instead, it was Bill Ivey who wrote it *to* Podesta. Ivey is a fake “cultural art$” guy whom Slick Willie appointed to head the National Endowment for the Arts back in the day. Thank God, Podesta wasn’t and isn’t an intellectual, but was and is primarily just a brownshirt passed off as an intellectual.

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    • backwoodsgirl123 says:

      I believe it was pretty well explained in Legally Blonde! LOL!

      Liked by 4 people

    • backwoodsgirl123 says:

      Put us in the closet, shovel manure over us, turn out the light and close the door!

      Liked by 4 people

    • doug says:

      close enough:

      …unaware and compliant citizenry…

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    • Founding Fathers Fan says:

      It’s been going on longer than that. President Garfield was right in 1877, when he pointed out the mess in America is our own fault by saying, “Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.”

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  2. what we the people are dealing with, IS ONE BIG GIANT CORRUPTED, CRIMINAL, TREASONOUS ENTERPRISE CALLED GOVT.
    and if WE THE PEOPLE DON’T HELP OUR PRESIDENT, IT’S GOING TO BE THE DOWNFALL OF ALL OF US.

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    • CBNC says:

      Damn right – DRIAN THE DAMN SWAMP
      It will be ultimately up to us – all of us who believe in freedom and liberty, not the damnable federal government. Anger is growing at a rapid pace with all of these talk and do nothing asshats.

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    • Paco Loco says:

      Half of the US citizens are brainwashed into believing that government socialism will take of their every need. The other half understand that the government is the problem not the solution. I can’t see the socialists who get the free government benefits now ever wanting to give them up. They really have no incentive to change as long as the benefits and entitlements keep on coming. If the flow of benefits stops they will revolt and maybe that’s what we need. A good old fashioned civil war.

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      • jonvil says:

        IF ONLY it was half!!!
        After eight years of the worse president this country has ever experienced, this is how ‘We the People’ responded:

        Of all the eligible voters, in the last election roughly
        27% voted for MAGA (and some of those were ‘the lesser of two evils’ voters)
        27% voted against MAGA and for the continued destruction of their country
        46% didn’t give a rip what happened to their country and stayed home.

        Come the midterms, will two years of the best President this country has ever experienced make a dent on that 73%, those willfully ignorant, selfishly indifferent voters?

        We have been going downhill for decades, this 75 year old curmudgeon is not optimistic about an overnight change in stinkin thinkin.

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    • CaptainNonno says:

      Vote them out every cycle. Take out the trash!

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  3. Dixie says:

    Washington is basically at a standstill (except for those who choose to be activists and obstructionists) because congress is so inept, it no longer remembers how to do its’ job.

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    • wheatietoo says:

      It’s at a standstill by design.

      They don’t want to have to do anything that might help Pres Trump.
      So they keep coming up with new ways to waste time…to sabotage him and keep from passing any of the legislation that his supporters want.

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      • backwoodsgirl123 says:

        They don’t want Trump to make waves and rock their boat!

        The more waves he makes, the more it shows what’s really going on in our government. Something we weren’t supposed to figure out!

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      • starfcker says:

        We can thank Bill Clinton Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay for that design. The K Street project

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      • Blacksmith8 says:

        but they’re NOT at a standstill are they?
        the congress critters ALL OF THEM continue push payments for unconstitutional EOs, foreign bribes, and they’re own agendas while whining to any camera that passes that those other guys are so angry and belligerent it’s hard to accomplish the people’s business.

        I challenge anyone to show one actual thing any critter has actually done that was the people’s business.

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    • filia.aurea says:

      We pay these incompetent scumbags on a full time basis. They pass a health insurance bill (written as Sundance described), refuse to repeal it, and unlawfully exempt themselves from it. They are present less than half the time, and spend every minute on the job either in those shams called hearings & debates or they stay busy dialing for dollars to reach the quotas set by their party.

      The money is needed for spending primarily with the Ministry of Propaganda, so they can con We The People during the next election cycle into return them to office. It’s a circle jerk. This is not a time to be selective, we have to kick ’em all out . And this should be the end of the line for dual-citizens in the Congress. Choose your American citizenship and formally rescind the other, or get the he!! out of our Congress.

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  4. fleporeblog says:

    Folks this post by SD is why you are seeing all the sexual harassment coming out in Hollywood and now DC! There are trillions at stake.

    All of this has one intended target 🎯! That is our President. They realize that he is getting stronger and stronger each and every day. The Economy is on its way and there is absolutely nothing that is going to stop it. Once the trade deals are renegotiated, you are talking about 4% to 5% GDP annually. The Senate is set up for Republicans to have 55 to 58 Republicans after 2018. There is nothing the current a Senate can do to stop that reality.

    Come this summer he gets to replace another SC Justice when Kennedy retires. Ruth Ginsburb could literally pass away at any point. ISIS is being destroyed, North Korea 🇰🇵 is showing signs that the end is near. Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 is cleaning up their house which is destroying the money for terrorist and dirty politicians. Iran 🇮🇷 has been put on notice by our President and the GCC.

    All of this guarantees another four years. The one thing they believe that can take him out is more allegations during the lead up to the 2020 reelection campaign. That is the ultimate target 🎯. Every one that has to pay is collateral damage.

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    • Beverly says:

      Yep, but hey. Anything the Drats come up with now (or the Repugs) is a lot of bovine fertilizer, because they went through the man’s sock drawer trying to find anything, Anything! that they could throw at him LAST year. Talk about extreme vetting! Also, Donaldus Magnus, like U.S. Grant, FIGHTS. Even though they’ve done their utmost to hamstring him, he still has a lot of power as the President. So we shall see what we shall see.

      But it will come down to us, the American Citizens — only we have the power in the end to take our Nation back from the Looters and Tyrants.

      Liked by 14 people

    • NC PATRIOT says:

      They tried that before the last election—he countered that pretty well. He probably anticipates that and may try to get out head of it.

      Liked by 2 people

    • hypnotique59 says:

      I think if that is the case they are wasting it by harping on it now. I am already pretty sick of hearing about “sexual” misconduct from 10 or more years ago. I am also pretty sure I am not the only one, and people will start to tune it out after awhile. I think they are doing it so we will tune out, so when the/more pedo’s start getting arrested we won’t be paying any attention.
      Can someone please explain to me why these folks are always going on about sexual matters??

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      • Hypnotique59: I believe that flepore did a good job explaining the strategy of the swamp critters.
        I agree this ‘sexual matters’ issue is not really sex matters, at least from my perspective. It appears to me it is more of a propaganda or brainwash the deplorables strategy. These idiots, (whoever dreamed up this scheme) truly believes, we, the people, are complete dolts and are going down the rabbit hole of teaching us what is respectable, acceptable behavior in our society. Give me a break! This is more Victorian than the societal standards of the Victorian Age!
        We are to shun Moore for (possibly) dating a woman in her early years, 16-18, which makes no sense, b/c in the 20th century we elected a POTUS who not did the very same thing(and much worse, i.e. rape, exposing his genitalia),prior to taking the oath of office and after the oath of office.
        In fact, in the 20th century we learned (thanks to MSM) that discussion of oral sex, semen, rape, breasts, and any other sexual matter was perfectly fine to be aired at the 6 pm hour for family dinner theater and parents had the golden opportunity to explain to little Johnny and Susie what oral sex meant, etc., etc. So, our society accepted this change in behavior b/c the majority of sheep nodded their heads and shrugged their shoulders and just didn’t give a rip about the deterioration of the moral fabric in our country.
        The government raised taxes, which forced Moms back into the work force and the disintegration of the nuclear family went full speed ahead.
        You know the rest of the story.
        Now, the 21st century, we have Donald Trump on the scene and he worked with these criminals for about 40 years.
        Most likely has a file on everyone of them and their families.
        He’s also known worldwide for his honesty, his loyalty to family, employees, seals deals with a handshake and then takes it to the attorneys for a contract.
        He has always stated his philosophy publicly, even in Senate hearings, so there is no excuse for no one NOT knowing or understanding who he is or what he believes.
        He was put through the wringer
        many times during his 2 divorces BUT one thing everyone knew, (esp. the gossip reporters)…he was not a pervert, he was not playboy…he had his private life and he had his public life. There’s no ‘there’ there, so they gotta make it up as they go along. And the writers of these plays have no talent whatsoever.
        So, bottom line, they gotta take him out…b/c they are very afraid and he’s outsmarts them at every turn.
        PDJT learned many lessons working in NYC with the criminal factor in the government and the Mafia controlling the building industry and the unions. I do not believe for one second that he does NOT know what he’s doing or what the swamp critters are doing. He knows their playbook and I repeat myself, it was written by some real idiots.
        They are working so hard at this fake outrage that it’s laughable. I could care less if Al Franken stuck his tongue down some chick’s throat 20 years ago…or whatever…why didn’t she poke her fingers in his eyes and give him a knee and scream like hell, after she beat the crap outta him? This is all fake outrage built on a mountain of lies.
        They want us to believe they have the moral high ground; when in fact, they are the most immoral creations I have ever come across in my 68 years of living life, with 30 years in politics. 98% were scum in the 20th century and still are in the 21st century.
        If you want to know who destroyed our culture of family, of Christianity, of patriotism, look no further than the 20th century of politics in DC.
        It sure as Hell is not the fault of President Donald J. Trump.
        (I apologize for the lengthy rant but this is really beyond anything I could ever imagine and I have a very strong mind’s eye.)

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        • oldtoenail says:

          Very well said. We know their ultimate plan is to get around to President Trump with the same crap. There is two reasons the left will fail in their attempts to stop President Trump. The left including the RINO republicans are really stupid and President Trump is really intelligent.

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        • dbobway says:

          A agree with you to a point abigail,
          I just think these insane people are throwing every slimy trick in the book at the light of an on coming train. They didn’t want these sexual truths to come out and ruin lives of their own. It is just more proof the Communist left will cannibalize and murder for the sake of their sick ideology.
          This is just the tiny tip of the ice berg of what these reprobates have been doing with to much power at their disposal! But they won’t quit. They would rather we be destroyed than to keep this great nation governed as it was founded.

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    • elleb77 says:

      I’ve said this from day one. Do not get all excited about the Hollywood sex allegations ( it’s HOLLYWOOD – actors)… it’s a sham and it’s all to take down Trump.

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    • Coldeadhands says:

      Flep, nice succinct assessment. I’ve been struck from the outset of the Franken “saga,” especially with him calling for an investigation of himself, that he could be sacrificed without the danger of loss of a senate seat. The far left governor of Minnesotastan would simply replace him with another of his ilk.
      Just as you point out, this is all building to a UniParty attack on PDJT. Spit!

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      • dagnyshrug says:

        And last week the Senate decided to pass a Resolution, to resolve that it will partake in non-sexual harassment classes to learn how to keep their hands to themselves–‘coincidentally’ on the very same day the Judge Moore story broke, no less. Given they had done nothing else to that point this year, the timing is telling.

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      • fleporeblog says:

        Sad but true! They have nothing left in their arsenal!

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  5. Archie says:

    Sundance, can you make a list of ‘essential reading’ posts and maybe put that on the right side of the front page? When I want to school people on other blogs it would be nice to be able to point to a central location. Topics can be your summaries of: health care scam, tax reform scam, this article, the UniParty construct, the deep state construct, and on and on.
    Thanks.

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Archie, look at the right-hand side of every page towards the top.
      A couple three lines below the flickering candle is a search box, which works incredibly well.
      The line below the search box is a drop-down list, which allows selection of everything you requested.
      Utilize that. Will keep you busy for hours on end of joyful reading.
      P.S. These folks here are pretty smart. They know what is needed on a successful blog. One just need look around a wee bit.

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  6. I am somewhat sceptical of many of the things that read in the media (but faithful to CTH long before Trump joined the race. But I stumbled upon this article (listed below) and it is very troubling. Do the writers at CTH have anything to say or refute this possibility of this $5 Trillion ‘slapdown’ (their words, not mine) coming in the next year. Will Mr. Trump ever get a break from this swamp madness?

    http://dcwhispers.com/globalists-preparing-economic-shake-up-to-defeat-trump-in-2020/#TemmydfySDfGjLwy.97

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    • backwoodsgirl123 says:

      A market correction will eventually occur. There’s no doubt about it.

      And I’ve said for decades that the Stock Market is run on rumor mills, not facts!

      If the Tax Cut bill goes through, and I imagine it will, it could depress real estate markets in those states with outrageous property taxes.

      However, where there is no state taxes to deduct, it won’t affect them at all.

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      • dagnyshrug says:

        We will see what comes out of reconciliation. Right now it looks like what we think of as the ‘working class’, will benefit, but those firmly in the ‘middle class’ will be lucky to break even. Many of us will pay more. We know it’s a shell game.

        I don’t see how Trump get’s a win out of this. By the time 2020 rolls around–three tax filings from now–people who don’t already know it will figure out they’ve been had. The corporate tax rate reduction is badly needed–but I don’t see it gets the economy roaring back in time to compensate, especially if they depress the housing market at all.

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        • backwoodsgirl123 says:

          State Welfare has to come to an end!

          The Governor’s of those states have to get their acts together. WE THE PEOPLE shouldn’t have to pay for YOUR property taxes!

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  7. tonyE says:

    As you wrote months ago.. this gets fixed easy.

    Trump hires people to write bills… he publishes them and pushed them into the Congress.

    I wonder if he can posted them in an Uber Tweeter… or maybe just put a link in Tweeter to the White House’s web site with a copy of the proposed bills.

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  8. joeknuckles says:

    Tom Donahue looks like one of those goblins Alex Jones is always talking about.

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  9. Beverly says:

    “THAT’S where all the white people are!!!”

    Gadzooks, that photo is hilarious — I’m a honky myself, but really; I haven’t seen so much whitebread since I was last at the Club. 😉

    Re legislation: yep, that’s about the size of it. Donaldus Magnus has ripped the mask off of ALL of Washington, and we are staring amazedly at our very own Phantom of the Opera Congress! Eeeeek! If he did Nothing else, this alone would be a huge public service to our nation. God bless the man.

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  10. USA loves Melania says:

    Excellent article. One of the best, clearest, sharpest articles on sausage making I’ve ever seen. I will have to send this to everyone I know and maybe print out a few copies and leave them around town, in doctors and dentists waiting rooms, on the billboard at the library, etc.

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    • MTeresa says:

      “There were hundreds of file boxes filled with thousands of legislative constructs that became worthless when Donald Trump won the election.

      Those legislative constructs (briefs) representing tens of millions of dollars worth of time and influence and are now just sitting there piled up in boxes under desks and in closets amid K-Street and the congressional offices.”

      This just makes me smile. Let’s just hope and pray that they end up there forever! If we the people could elect DJT – anything is possible. We need to continue to stand behind this man and he will MAGA! I believe in him.

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  11. Fake Nametag says:

    If you look at the photo of Wienermobile Ryan, he’s got his thumb right on the breast of that young lady in the white shirt. When is this groper going to step down?

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  12. mj_inOC says:

    So informative and true, sd, as former senate judiciary subcommittee staffer. This is why Stephen Miller and team so valuable.

    Re $5T attack in DC whispers before 2020, NOTHING will turn our Trump Train back… the swamp doesn’t understand God’s sovereignty.
    Pray for them…

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  13. Sharon says:

    ………..and then, once their bill is safely “passed” – it is eternally funded with an automatic increase of 4% every year.

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  14. A2 says:

    The electorate the actual taxpayers, not the excused, need to raise holy hell and tell their reps, that it is no longer business as usual. They tried with the tea party, but they were stymied at every turn by the Zero cabal and their running dogs the media.

    If ‘transparency’ and ‘accountability’ is still the coinage of the realm, then expose these financial relationships as assiduously as the ‘sex, groper,’ scandals that has captured the emotions pushed by the media and really do a service to the Republic.

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  15. yakmaster2 says:

    Congress is a banquet for swine at an extravagantly laid table courtesy of special interest groups and eagerly served up by obsequious lobbyists. Still all those fancy swine eating off fine china are no better than pigs gorging at a trough. It’s just the surroundings and food is better. Oh, and they have staffers and volunteers to tell them they’re way better than average.
    Therefore, the symbol for both political parties should be a PIG. A red pig and a
    blue pig. 🐷🐖🐖🐖

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  16. scott467 says:

    Couple of questions.

    “When you are voting for a Congressional Rep or a U.S. Senator you are not voting for a person who will write laws. Your rep only votes on legislation to approve or disapprove of constructs that are written by outside groups and sold to them through lobbyists who work for those outside groups.”

    ______________

    I am convinced, by the unanimous Senate Republicon vote to prevent DJT from making recess appointments, that every single Senator is corrupt and must be booted (physically, if possible).

    Are there not any House members who are trying to do the right thing? It SEEMS like there are a few, but I have no way of really knowing.

    For example, Dave Brat (who ousted Eric Cantor), who is on Lou Dobbs from time to time, is not a lifelong political-class traitor. He is a former college professor, and seems like a regular guy who cares about the Constitution and the rule of law.

    Is that impression wrong?

    Is the House of Representatives as wholly corrupt as the Senate clearly is?

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    • Only a few good representatives and senators; they are by far in the minority, scott.

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      • scott467 says:

        I’m sure they ARE a tiny minority, lol!

        Rather than having some ambiguous concept of “a few good men” in the cauldron of corruption we call government, shouldn’t we identify the good guys?

        Don’t the good guys deserve recognition?

        And wouldn’t that recognition serve to identify the bad guys, by omission?

        Wouldn’t that help to get rid of the bad guys?

        How do we ever get rid of the corrupt, if we won’t identify who the corrupt are?

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        • Isn’t that what Bannon is doing? For the 2018 primaries, identifying good. MAGA candidates? That would mean the people those candidates are to replace are corrupt.

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          • scott467 says:

            I suppose so, but why isn’t there a list of names published far and wide?

            I am better informed on current events and politics than average, certainly at least a quarter-step ahead of the scholars routinely interviewed on Watters’ World…

            Paraphrasing the lunatic, Hillary Clinton… You may ask yourself… why DON’T I know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are?

            This is just crazy.

            Why the smoke and mirrors?

            Why the innuendo and intentional obfuscation?

            Why does NOBODY speak plainly?

            Is it fear of lawsuits?

            WHAT?!?

            If you use cretin Levin’s website to score the criminal political-class, that’s not acceptable to many (and with some good reason). What other scoring system is there?

            How can it POSSIBLY BE that we ‘all know’ that most of the Congress is corrupt, but there is no LIST of ‘good guys’?

            Are we TRYING to lose the country?

            It’s incredible…

            It’s like the mysterious missing list of globalist billionaires who spend their time and wealth influencing world events. A group of literally 10s of people have an immense effect on the lives of the other 7+ billion of us, and yet these people, who are guilty of the equivalent of crimes against humanity, remain safely ensconced in obscurity (besides Soros).

            Why aren’t these people on the 21st century version of ‘Most Wanted’ posters all over the world?

            Why does no one talk plainly about these things, and identify who the bad guys are?

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        • They are all so shifty that I do not believe we can identify a single person as corrupt. If they came up in politics and are in the D.C Swamp, they are corrupt–100% of all of them.

          Our only hope was to elect an outsider like P Trump. This seems to be working and we are going to have to continue this.

          NO professional politicians in office. Primary them all and elect newcomers from the professions and the business leaders.

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        • Well Sundance has a post with the names of those who got bought off for NAFTA. That’s a start.

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      • Founding Fathers Fan says:

        Only 7 of 100 Senators and a handful of 435 Representative have a Liberty Score of 80% or higher. https://www.conservativereview.com/scorecard

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    • mj_inOC says:

      McConnell is the evil Never Trump Senate leader, who tries thru the NRSC [https://www.nrsc.org/] to only support incumbents; [that’s when Cruz lost my support by joining this group… then left too late]. Rand Paul [prayers for a speedy recovery] may be the only principled, ‘not bought,’ US Senator, sadly…

      Yes, Dave Brat and the House Freedom Caucus, seem trustworthy… But remember, getting re-elected is necessary every two years in House… [six in Senate], another reason for citizen legislators/representatives a la George Washington [and now President Trump] and term limits!
      Pray harder…

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      • G. Combs says:

        Rand Paul is one of them. He refused to campaign for Tea Party members because that was what he was told by the Congress critters. Sundance had a article on it last year when he was running against President Trump.

        Before that Paul was my second choice so I was paying attention.

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      • Founding Fathers Fan says:

        Who is responsible for McConnell being in office? The people of Kentucky who refuse to vote that incumbent RINO out in his primary. Those self-righteous stay at home ‘talkers’ just aren’t doing what is necessary for Our Republic.

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  17. scott467 says:

    “Simply because the authors of the legislation, the special interest and lobbying groups, were spending millions to fund her campaign. President Hillary Clinton would be signing K-Street constructed special interest legislation to repay all of those donors/investors. Congress would be fast-tracking the passage because the same interest groups also fund the members of congress.”

    _______________

    They paid to play. They paid a LOT to get the influence-peddling promised by the crook, Hillary Rotten Clinton.

    How is it that the Klintons are still alive, if they did not return the money (Klintons NEVER return money, it would be like a mammal giving back air after inhaling, it is stripped of the oxygen the way Klintons strip value).

    Who gives cumulative billions of dollars for services to be rendered, and doesn’t receive those services, and just says “oh well”?

    NOBODY.

    People get killed for pocket-change in this world.

    The Klintons — very bad people — absconded with billions of dollars from a lot of other very bad people.

    So if the criminals who committed the proffer of bribery cannot get their money back, why are the Klintons still breathing?

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    • redridge45 says:

      Well, the uranium was sold, so $145MM is clear; the corrupt KSA purse strings were cut and the rest are probably scrambling around trying to keep their rear-ends out of the pokey (in more than one country). With MS13 on the way to being knocked out and deported, the assassins-for-hire are few. Rats are the first ones off of a sinking ship and by now I’m sure they sense the storm.
      Like MJ_inOC says, pray harder…whatever we suffer as a result of getting rid of the swamp will be far less painful than if HRC had won that election.

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  18. mncarrypermitholder says:

    Invoke Article 5.

    Amendment 29: Congress shall not consider, deliberate upon or pass any bill or amendment which has not been hand-written, by pen, on paper, or upon which any mark has been made by anyone who is not an elected representative or Senator who is not also one of the named co-sponsors.

    Why did I skip 28? To repeal the 17th.

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  19. scott467 says:

    Last question:

    “However, no K-Street expenditures -because of the futility of it- also means more money available for opposition and activist activity.

    Lastly, when you understand this reality you begin to see the difference between legislation with a traditional purpose and faux-legislation with a political agenda.

    Remember, politicians don’t write laws – outside groups do.”

    __________________

    Why doesn’t DJT begin to explain ALL of this, as simply as Sundance, in a series of “fireside chats”?

    It would be difficult to do by Twitter because of the character limitations… though with thoughtful and careful planning, he could lay it all out with a few tweets on the subject each day over the course of a couple weeks.

    He could do it by radio, he could do it by buying full page space in the NYT and other national birdcage liners, and he could do it in a series of televised addresses to the nation.

    Not only do the American People have a RIGHT to know and understand the depth of corruption of our government, the American People NEED to know, and as the leader of our nation, DJT has an obligation to inform the American People on the gravity of this matter.

    He is in the position to do it; he has the bully pulpit; he is the President of the United States of America.

    He can do this, he is in a unique position to do this, where no one else could.

    And it needs to be done.

    Is he waiting until after he wins the 2020 re-election?

    Is he holding it as leverage, in case Swamp rigs visible control back to the Demonrats in the 2018 elections, at which point?

    As long as Republicon-cons have a ‘majority’, the possibility presumably exists, at least in theory, that DJT could coerce SOME votes needed to advance the MAGA agenda.

    If the Republicrooks arrange for the Demonrats to take majorities in the House and Senate, then will DJT start the scorched-earth approach and expose ALL of these liars, cheats and traitors?

    It has to be done.

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  20. cbjoasurf says:

    “If you asked a DC Senator or House Member to actually write a law they’d look back at you like a cow just licked them on the forehead. The politician would have no clue what you are asking them to do, and would immediately look to their staff as their closest reference point (the go-betweens) for outside lobbyist assistance.”

    Sundance, you’re the best at putting what is real into words that a hillbilly like me needs to read! Thanks so very much for your perspective simplification.

    I hear the SUCK of the Swamp DRAINING!!

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  21. CC says:

    This article brings to mind, the speech given yesterday, by the House Speaker, aka “the charts guy”, Paul Ryan. I am no fan of his and don’t trust that his agenda aligns with mine…yeah…I am only one of 330 million so I don’t matter that much.

    The delivery of his speech made my skin crawl…not sure if he was begging or lecturing, bordering on giddy… that he was so convinced that he alone knows what is right for us little folk. Desperation to appease the citizenry but pass legislation for big companies…corporate welfare?

    Ryan was long winded and I may have missed it…but it seemed the emphasis is on young families, who are big consumers of everything almost….not much talk about savings…just letting us keep more of our money…time will tell when all is said and done.

    When it comes to simplicity, “lobbying” is nothing more than a highly crafted form of bribery, that is protected. K Street won’t go away, willingly. Just like the swamp is in self preservation mode.

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  22. trapper says:

    And because it works the way Sundance describes, the “tax reform” and tax reduction bills are a complete scam. Answer me this: where in either bill are US corporations required to invest their tax savings within the United States? What would prevent American corporations from using their tax savings to immediately begin building replacement manufacturing plants in Mexico or China or Viet Nam or South Korea?

    Without requirements for domestic investment, the reduction of corporate taxes will just kick into hyperdrive the off-shoring of American jobs. It is gasoline on the globalist immolation of the American middle class, with some little scraps tossed to the middle class to divert their attention from what is about to happen to them.

    Wake up. Think about who wrote both bills.

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  23. elleb77 says:

    Do the American working, taxpaying citizens have a lobby?

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    • Founding Fathers Fan says:

      Yes, we do. It’s called the ballot box. If there were really as many conservatives as they claim, no incumbent RINO would ever win another primary. There would be a 75% voter turnout in the Republican primaries instead of about 17%. There was less than 15% (14.64) voter turnout in Paul Ryan’s last primary. There’s lots of talk, talk, talk, but very little action.

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    • woodstuff says:

      We The People do have a lobby. Sadly it consists of letters and demands and does not include monetary benefits to these cretins. Politicians are bought and paid for by the highest bidder. Our letters, phone calls, and deafening noises don’t matter unless it threatens their reelection. The public should become more involved, of course. But the most powerful lobby we have is our Creator (who is awesomely powerful).

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  24. Jeff says:

    As I understand things through reading at the CTH , president Trump is working on creating a parallel legislative writing body to forward AMERICA FIRST LEGISLATION .

    Considering an entire NEW MAIN STREET business foscus financed ( CAPITALIZED ) by the parallel banking system utilizing COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS .

    It is my speculation that we will see a return of the CD rates for SENIORS to park capital to jump start this process . Instead of seniors risking capital in the Las Vegas gambling casino market subject to planned attack ( THE SECRET WEAPON by Kevin Freeman ) by the GLOBALISTS .

    When the UNIPARTY works FOR THE SPECIAL INTERESTS there will be NO POLITICAL SOLUTION . SAME as there will be NO ” end the FED ” or even ” Audit the FED ” the FED ultimately OWNS CONgress !!

    The only way to defeat them is to COLLAPSE them with a competing alternative system .

    I wonder if the support and association by Peter Thiel of PAYPAL fame and now PALANTIR ownership is a tell on a NEW CRYPTOCURRENCY to compete with the not federal and no reserve FIAT CURRENCY ???

    Wading through the DEEP STATE SWAMP looking for WHITE HATS to help restore the republic to #MAGA is what is happening right in front of us . Even as it’s NOT reported by the FAKE NEWS

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    • Patriot1783 says:

      I remember back in the 80’s how high rates on cds of bank accounts (10-15% annually) & paid amazing monthly interest figures. When the decades shifted to 90’s nothing, elderly had to start withdrawing full principal to live on.

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      • Jeff says:

        During the campaign I invested the time to read all the lengthy position papers the Trump campaign posted . He outlined how interest rates had to eventually settle to a position where CAPITAL could be saved in a risk adverse account to promote CAPITALISM again .

        The range of a 5-7% interest in parked Capital was his goal . The FED held rates artificially low so as to make the GLOBALIST POLICIES appear to be successful to the unwashed .

        The FED is out of magic bullets when interest rates are near ZERO !!

        it matters NOT how much capital is in the system but WHO GETS paid the INTEREST ON THE DEBT . Right now it’s the owners of the FED who collect that interests .

        It needs to be restored to constitutional currency . Even the case of an AMERICAN CRYPTOCURRENCY with a parallel paper TREASURY DOLLAR .

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  25. America First says:

    Not surprised my Rep Drew Ferguson’s name was on there. Former mayor of a small town who got suddenly catapulted into Congress by US CoC $. Sent him an earful.

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  26. Publius2016 says:

    Take for example Tax Reform! Instead of rewriting everything for the “lobbyists” a simple doubling of the brackets, elimination of AMT and Death Taxes, and 20% for C and S corps would’ve made every American happy knowing they got a tax cut…of course, not to be because K Street owns Congress.

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  27. i'm just sayin'.. says:

    The problem isn’t necessarily new Representatives and Senators going in, it’s what they become when they get in the Swamp. There are a few, some, maybe even more than a few that are elected because they are “Mr. Smith” to their constituents. The problem seems to be that few can withstand the onslaught of the Swamp; the allure, the intimidation, the threat, the fear, the overwhelming press of persuasion in myriad forms, the bribery, the blackmail, the appeal to ego, the seeded self doubt, the minimization of the single man or woman being able to make a difference etc. etc.
    We are mere flesh and blood and fallen in nature. The Swamp is not primarily the men and women, the Swamp is the system, the environment, that eats men and women and makes them its’ own. Because of our weakness and as long as the Swamp exists as a devourerer, it may not matter who we elect because they will be at best cannon fodder and at worst new recruits.
    Removing Swamp creatures alone does not give long term resolution or comfort. The Swamp must be drained, the system exposed so that when we do send good men and women to govern wisely and lightly we can expect that they can and will do so with they expectation they will not be aberrated.
    Thank you Sundance, President Trump and Deplorables. God help us all!

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  28. Jeff says:

    There will be NO tax reform bill just as there was no repeal of Obamacare or a budget bill passed . SUNDANCE ‘splained all that perfectly .

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  29. G. Combs says:

    I am going to reproduce most of E.M. Smith’s eye opening comment that is a complement to what Sundance has just written. (I am doing this since many people, including myself, read a comment but not the link.)

    E.M. Smith has a degree in economics and is a ‘Weaponised Asper’ 😁 He does a good job of explaining WHY corporations HATE CAPITALISM. This is the source of much confusion since the left has Capitalism = Corporations and then uses the evils caused by transnational corporations to bash capitalism. These comment turns it around and shows why Corporations LOVE Socialism.

    link

    …. to answer the implied question “why would capitalists destroy their own markets?”:

    Realize that the capitalist urge is not toward a competitive market. It’s the very LAST thing any profit maximizer wants. Even in Adam Smith’s “The Wealth Of Nations” he recognizes that ~’Rairly do men of means gather, even for merryment and {discourse?} but that the conversation turns to ways to {restrict competition and raise prices}’.

    What a profit maximizer wants is a monopoly where they can achieve the profit maximizing price point. Not competition. No “market” with many sellers.

    So watch what GE does, as an example. It is always on the hunt for a market it can “dominate”. It uses political leverage to get its products mandated and the competition banned. It doesn’t want a market, it wants a ‘company store’.

    Internalize that, and a lot of things “fit” better…

    Monsanto pushing legislation to ban private traditional seeds and seed sharing, and promoting GMO products. (Why would a seed company want to ‘destroy’ a seed market? So you must come to the company store…)

    EPA is used to forbid all sorts of things that can be done easily and cheaply, and where the alternative is very expensive (and available from very few, or one, supplier). So, want to make your own “trash to fuel FT machine”? Well, better check out all the “regulations” on fuel refining and production … if you don’t have a few full time lawyers to fill out the paperwork and a few more to defend against the EPA suing you, it’s a no-go. And who DOES have those lawyers? AND the already established refineries? Oh yeah…

    Once corporations figure out that it is cheaper and easier to get the competition banned and them mandated, than to create new products; and that they can make lots of money as the sole provider of a crappy product but not that much making good products in a competitive market; well, lets just say that the campagne contributions flow…

    Oddly, you can look at Communism as the “limit case” where there is ONE corporation and it IS the government. At the other extreme is “laissez faire” with huge numbers of competitors. As you move toward Communism you pass through stages of ever more “concentration” of control. Just shy of communism is Classical Socialism with it’s state planning boards and commissions. A bit more toward L.F. you get “Market Socialism” (with some sub-types in between).

    The USA until about 1990 was a “Mixed Economy” with some “natural monopolies” under government “control” via “regulation”; and with many competitive markets. We’ve moved to more central planning and more central “regulation” (in some cases as a cover for the “planning” word that has gotten tied to Socialism… so is political to some extent). With the nationalization of GM and the bank “bailout” / “rescue” that was really more of a ‘take-under’ in some ways; we moved to a Lange Type Socialism.

    The result of the last 50 years has been more companies in markets with Oligopolies that are essentially guaranteed by the government. Who dominates the Home Mortgage Market? Fanny & Freddy – Gov’t Corporations. Who dominates the Student Loan Market? Sally Mae – a Gov’t Corporation. Who dominates US Autos? GM – a Gov’t Corporation via Nationalization, but now being sold off. (Though Ford is doing well too.) And who “Calls the Tune” for the Banks in America? ALL of them? The Federal Reserve Bank – a Gov’t sponsored corporation. And there are a whole lot more of them. Try taking a train from coast to coast for example…

    At the next tier down, we have Gov’t dependent Oligopolies. Say you wanted to make airplanes. First off, you need that dozen lawyers to work the FAA for you. Next up, you need some friends in the Military to feed you contracts. Don’t think so? When Boeing gets a $B contract to ‘study’ or ‘develop’ and you need to design your new tech from scratch on your own money: Who do you think will win? So the government basically decides how many companies it wants, and who they will be, then funds them “to plan” with contracts. (This is NOT a hypothetical… I’ve watched them flat out announce “We’d like Lockheed and Martin to merge” or “we don’t want…” usually when one of them is ‘having issues’ and the topic is raised. Then the gov’t casts the one vote that matters…)

    And so it goes…

    This is, dare I say it…. basically the same way the Fascist “Third Way” worked. (And it DOES work). FDR and Wilson both had high praise for The Third Way and you can see how they shifted America from a ‘free market’ toward “Third Way” government – corporation “cooperation” … It was this same process / tendency that Ike warned about in the “Military Industrial Complex” speech.

    So we’ve moved away from straight up competition (and with good reasons… it is less profitable and more destructive in some ways and it is prone to monopoly practices) and toward that Classical Socialist end of things; with exact placement varying over time. And we called it a “Mixed Economy” at the ‘tepid’ end; as the name “fascist Third Way” got a bit tainted during W.W.II …. that tendency for Mussolini and Hitler to stir in a load of Nationalism and for the Nazi’s a double helping of Racism spoiled the soup for the Third Way “Socialist Lite” folks like FDR.

    And the propaganda worked.

    We’ve now got a “Progressive” and a “Third Way” government that IS a form of Socialism. (Now being rebranded as “Market Socialism” in the Eastern Block and Euro zones; called “Regulation” in the USA and sometimes poking it’s head up under “Rescue” as well with the most recent bits called “Social Justice”… all the pieces as slices of salami, but no overall Big Picture of it… we like to keep our socialism hidden in tiny bites with different names.) But just don’t ever point out that it’s basically the same “Third Way” process, using what’s properly called “Corporatism”, to achieve the Socialist agenda; that was first innovated by the Fascists… After all, it doesn’t fit the propaganda paradigm “Fascists bad, WORLD Socialists good” put out by Stalin…

    And that is the root cause of your pondering. Corporations are very happy under a Socialist Third Way / Progressive / Market Socialism / Fascist / “Government regulated Coopetition” (whatever you name you like to apply to the same beast) system. They are not very happy with wide open competitive markets. See all of Europe for an example of “Managed Markets” (yet another name…) The French are masters of this technique, and the Germans not far behind. The Japanese innovated the Keiretsu as a way to limit competition to manageable chunks with government supervision.

    Like I said, it DOES work. What galls me is just that we run around putting 20 different names on the same process and that just hides what’s really going on. All for political reasons. Very “un-tidy”… You’d think these folks had something to hide…

    At any rate, I’d like our economy to move back more toward a “Mixed Economy” with less of it “regulated and rescued” and be a bit further from a Lange Type Socialism and more like the Socialism Lite we used to be. Somehow some folks think that means I want laissez faire (which is prone to other evil failures); even more folks think Corporations must be laissez faire machines and tools of the Evil Right Wing; when the reality is that they are much more useful to the Third Way Socialists of the world… and make much more stable profits under them.

    Hope that helps you see why “corporations would want to destroy their own markets”… Just need to change it around a little and it makes a lot of sense:

    “Why would corporations want to destroy the competitive nature of their own markets?”

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    • Jeff says:

      “Realize that the capitalist urge is not toward a competitive market. It’s the very LAST thing any profit maximizer wants. Even in Adam Smith’s “The Wealth Of Nations” he recognizes that ~’Rairly do men of means gather, even for merryment and {discourse?} but that the conversation turns to ways to {restrict competition and raise prices}’.”

      I can’t help but be reminded of John Adams quote ;

      ” “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people”. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

      – John Adams

      It is NOT the nature of CAPITALISM per say to gravitate toward collusion and limiting competition . THAT is the nature of MAN ! ESPECIALLY men taken to rejecting what our nation was founded upon . CAPITALISM was a word the Soviets made up to project an EQUAL negative connotation at the MARKET ECONOMY inception of William Bradford .

      William Bradford being the first governor of THE PLYMOUTH COLONY . THIS is exactly what we celebrate in THANKSGIVING !!

      The celebration and recognition of an entirely new concept of economy . Replacing the collectivist European model that followed in the minds of the Pilgrim explorers .

      The entire process of DIVINE PROVIDENCE is chronicled in Bradford’s ” OF PLYMOUTH PLANTATION ” A difficult Old English read but a worthy one none the less . My $,02

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  30. Donna in Oregon says:

    What we need are the lists of Lobbyists and the Corporations that hire them.

    We should focus on where the money comes from and apply extreme pressure. This would include the CoC and Donahue.

    Why should they be comfortable?

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  31. alliwantissometruth says:

    The ridiculous thing about all this is we the people are supposed to be & could be the biggest & most powerful lobby group in the country. If not for voter fraud, it’s us who truly elect those that go to Washington

    Yet we the people can’t seem to get it together, to get informed & organized in order to flex our superior muscle & take back what is ours

    Our awakening has come, but being awake isn’t enough. We need to turn our cold anger into results

    But how?

    Imagine 70 million voters all on the same page. Imagine the pressure we could bring to bear. Imagine the money we could raise. Imagine the things we could accomplish as a unified & organized army of citizens

    But right now that’s not happening to any real extent. Too many decent yet uninformed citizens don’t understand the need for action. Too many still believe what the MS Media tells them. Too many still trust the RINO’s & believe the Swamp has their best interests in mind

    While we slowly work to gain traction, the Swamp works feverishly to thwart our agenda, & right now it seems to be working for them. There will come a time when we reach a point of no return

    We can talk about President Trump doing this & that as he goes about his official duties, & yes, he’s accomplished a lot, but I still say one of the most important tasks he could set in motion is setting up a call to action website, a place where 70 million citizens could go to learn the facts & find direction on what needs to be done to flex our muscle

    If we the people do not get organized & start tacking action as a unified voice, I’m not sure we’ll be able to take back our government in time

    Many need to know whom to vote for, where to send emails, letters, faxes & phone calls, where to send donations, etc. We need to organize our own protests, our own lobby groups that go to Washington

    President Trump & a few of his loyalists cannot fight this on their own, especially when time is a major factor

    If we don’t flex our muscle & flex it soon, we may never be able to do it again

    How can we organize ourselves into a major lobby group?

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  32. G. Combs says:

    The original lobbyist was a law firm tied to Monsanto. I will look it up when I get back from town.

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  33. Another gem of an article. Extremely well written. Love the photo captions. 🙂
    This should be mandatory reading for all. Thank you.

    I completely got the visual on this line…
    “If you asked a DC Senator or House Member to actually write a law they’d look back at you like a cow just licked them on the forehead.” LOL!

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  34. sbScott says:

    +1 for a well written piece. I had to laugh (wanted to cry) when Toomey said that “congress” would be writing the tax bill. The swamp critters know how the system works but refuse to be honest with the electorate about how the sausage is made.

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  35. dagnyshrug says:

    Great article! The question remains; what to do about it? Seems short of DC being sucked up by the mud at the bottom of the Potomac, there isn’t a way to fix it anytime soon. We’ll just have to keep chipping away at it. I have said from the start that if Trump accomplishes nothing else, he has A) Kept Hillary Clinton from becoming President and B) Awoken a sleeping giant. He’s already earned his keep.

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  36. Jim in TN says:

    Are politicians just a bunch of lazy slobs happy to turn their backs on America as long as the goodies keep rolling in? Yes and no.

    They have not given up their power. They just lease it.

    Of course they insist that the purchaser does their work for them. But they do not EVER make a permanent sale.

    And should you think you can get along without them, or worse, try to work against them, you will find yourself suffering the full wrath of the massive government power they control.

    And when it comes to politicization of an issue, the only recourse any company has is to change itself to conform with the politicians and to cooperate so they can make money in the new system.

    Everything is being politicized because that gives politicians more power, which they promptly sell and keep reselling, election after election, with constant shakedowns in between.

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  37. REAPER says:

    We are not dealing with a swamp. We are dealing with a cesspool. You would think we could find 535 good men within a country of 330 million. I fear not. The republic died many years ago. We are already living in the ruins. The flame of liberty still lives in individuals but has been snuffed at the federal level (and the state level). President Trump (God bless him) can’t stop it alone.

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  38. TheWanderingStar says:

    K Street along with Political Action Committees need to be burned to the ground.

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  39. Excellent article…thanks Sundance.

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  40. YvonneMarie says:

    “Highly paid lawyers”
    “junkets”
    “The origination of the entire system is EXTERNAL to congress.

    Keep the American Reformation alive folks.
    VOTE right.

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  41. jeans2nd says:

    “If you asked a DC Senator or House Member to actually write a law they’d look back at you like a cow just licked them on the forehead.”

    Time for us to start writing laws as well? There are more of us than there are of them. Plus –
    We haz lobbyist.

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  42. deplorable says:

    You are so right … lobbyists write our laws, not legislators.

    Consider the TPP trade agreement was 5,554 pages long! It was a huge Trojan horse – who knows what lurked within it – and how could any responsible legislator possibly vote for it without knowing what was in it.

    Thankfully, Sen. Jeff Sessions was at the forefront of resistance against this lobbyist written trade agreement:

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/10/sen-jeff-sessions-tpp-does-not-protect-interests-of-the-american-people/

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  43. Wee2low says:

    It’s probably too late to put the infrastructure in place but it seems like the common American taxpayer needs a lobbying group. If that’s the way the system works well… 60 million Americans voted for President Trump. $100 a piece. Think about it…

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  44. PgtSndThinker says:

    Again, my analogy from last week: we find a baby bird that appears to have fallen out of its nest. We innocently cradle it and contemplate how to reunite it with its family. It is fluttering and pulsing, seemingly alive. Then a fly comes out of the beak and a maggot crawls out of the eye. We drop that thing and go wash our hands. Shudders. If the US congress is like the nestling, the corrupt influences like the harmful parasites, what can we do? A gifted healer with unlimited resources MAY be able to restore life to the bird. (Miracle) What other options can you think of?

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  45. GAPTOG says:

    The whole scheme is just sickening. God help us

    God bless President Trump.

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  46. jbrickley says:

    So in other words, the entire concept and political process is outlawed in the private sector! People have gone to prison for conducting business in this fashion. I have to take mandatory courses through my employer explaining in great depth how I can in no way conduct any business in this manner. I have to report all money and gifts including dinners, tickets, etc. I have to also report any political activity even if it’s personal in nature. So if I volunteer to work on an election campaign, or make donations, I have to report all of it through my employer because, God Forbid, it doesn’t get associated with my employer! Say hello to election reform laws…

    So I simply do not volunteer nor make donations in my name because I don’t want my employer knowing my political party, etc. It’s none of their damn business but by law they have to track it and report on it to protect themselves. If I don’t report donations or political activity, I risk losing my employment. I absolutely HATE these laws…

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  47. grandmotherpatriot says:

    I am happy with the ” Monkey Wrench” in the WH over Hillary and thank God every day.
    Great article Sundance. Bravo

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    • Jim says:

      Great article. It is right on point. Try this on for size.
      A number of years ago I heard Bill Glass talk. He was a lineman in the NFL and then became a Professor of History. He said if you study History all of the great civilizations in history {Greeks, Romans, etc} When they fell from power they all fell in EXACTLY the same way.
      They all fell from within and within one generation.
      None ever lasted much over 200 years
      First came a breakdown of the family unit
      Next came free sex, loose morals – whatever you want to call it
      Next came civil disobedience
      and in EVERY case – the final straw that broke the camels back was
      RAMPANT HOMOSEXUALITY
      This is not just my opinion – look at history. And I ask you where does that put this country’
      I am sad – not so much for me – I am no spring chicken – but I worry for my grandsons.
      What kind of country am I leaving for them???????

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      • grandmotherpatriot says:

        Rome fell when its leaders became arbitrary and failed to follow its Constitution.
        “In the question of power, then,” Thomas Jefferson warned, ” let no more be heard of confidence in man but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.
        Jefferson feared the government would become arbitrary. He had seen even his good friend and fellow revolutionary John Adams yield to the authoritarian impulse.
        He, Jefferson would trust no one in power again. Jefferson knew that Rome’s Republic fell when its rulers began to ignore its Constitution, and he worried the fate would befall America. He feared a lawless empire bestriding the world, a government contemptuous even of its citizen’s just claims, a basically republican system degenerating into tyranny.
        His fears were well-founded.
        Only the Voters is left to tether federal officials.
        I read history.
        Good read: Who Killed the Consitution? by Woods and Gutzman

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  48. Lucille says:

    I’m just testing something out…has nothing to do with subject matter…or maybe it does…

    Forget about the ones who don’t

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