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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Jack Abramoff - corruption at the heart of Government

US lobbyist Jack Abramoff has pleaded guilty to fraud, paving the way for him to co-operate in an inquiry into corruption in Congress. But what are the ramifications of the affair?

Washington is like a giant beehive in which the buzz comes from lobbyists seeking access to the queen bee - the US Congress and government.

The business of Washington is government. You either work in it or around it.

And Washington's business is the world's business.

Everybody - businesses, industries, professions, trade associations, environmentalists, human rights activists, political parties, citizens groups, the media, the lot - has an interest in Washington, which is where the lobbyists come in.

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Methinks he'd have a better chance if he'd turned against the mafia. Time will tell ...


Blogger Moni said...

Lobbyists make me ill! They don't give a hoot about the causes they lobby for. They're just interested in padding their pockets. Whether or not an issue gets the proper attention it deserve depends on sheer numbers and how hard these guys lobby.

The fat cats have money to throw at them while us less lucritives fall be the way.

Yep, I would say he'd have a better chance if he'd turn against the mafia. At least the government provides mafia snitches with a witness protection program.

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