Should Private Lobbyists Get Publicly Funded Pensions?

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This article discloses disturbing facts: in at least 20 states, We the People are funding the lobbyists that work against us as our representatives at state legislatures. Yes, government associations and commissions and agencies hire lobbyists to promote what we are paying those entities that our elected officials have appointed.

Government has just grown too big when government entities need lobbyists to represent the interests of the unelected bureaucrats in Congress or in a state legislature.

TotalLobbyingSpending-thumb-250x398-10385The number of lobbyists in Washington and on the state level has grown so large, it is a swamp. In DC, Open Secrets documents that there are over 10,000 registered, actively engaged lobbyists. In 2012, over $3 billion was spent. The all-time high was in 2010 at $3.52 billion, presumably because that was the infamous year of the passage of the largest, most costly piece of legislation to the American people of all time: ObamaCare, the Unaffordable Care Act.

Some conservatives, especially in the Tea Party, are determined to make sure all Americans know, and that their children are taught, what type of government America has. “It’s not a democracy. It’s a Republic!” they assert. “Democracy is another word for socialism!”

Well, yes. On paper, when the Constitution was established, Benjamin Franklin did answer that question: “It’s a republic.” And his colleagues would have asserted the same.

How odd.  Within the last century, there once was the Weimar Republic and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. And there’s still the Republic of China. All countries we know as socialist-communist (meaning degrees to which the government owns or manages the enterprises and economic decisions.

The hallmark of socialism is not so much whether it is called a republic, but whether its government has become so big it requires an unelected bureaucracy in order to function, a bureaucracy built by the people (a democracy) that wanted more of it.

Look around. What say you of the United States of America? What has it become?

It’s time for this excellent video again. If you or your children haven’t seen it, take 10. It’s worth it.

Then examine current public policy against this list that Karl Marx and Frederick Engels compiled as their goals for utopia.

You’ll know what form of government you have, not by the name of your country, but by the number of government employees it has, plus the number of lobbyists it employs.