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Monday, May 26, 2014

Lobbying Congress while collecting a congressional pensions is "an insidious form of double dipping," Rep. Steve Israel of New York said. Israel, a Democrat who represents parts of Queens and Nassau County, has introduced legislation that would ban former members of Congress who earn more than $1 million a year as lobbyists from collecting their pensions. Republican Rep. Richard Hanna, who represents a swath of upstate New York around Utica, co-sponsored the bill. The measure would apply only to members who become lobbyists in the future, and would only impact registered lobbyists, a category that excludes many former members who provide "strategic advice" to corporations.

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Like the little exclusion at the end of what I cited above? It gets better:

The article notes "But as more and more lawmakers leave office for jobs on K Street, where they can earn salaries of $750,000, some current legislators say they have had enough."

The 'reform' proposed "...would ban former members of Congress who earn more than $1 million a year as lobbyists from collecting their pensions."

Gee, why not ban ALL pension payments as long as they work for lobbyists, Steve?

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No real reforms will ever come from a bought and paid for Congress. Only by citizens initiatives will anything ever change.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-25 04:31 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Lobbying in itself is not evil. I don't see why earning a living doing it should be penalized above any other occupation.

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-05-25 06:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

"It seems kind of an idiotic idea that at 68 years old I am not entitled to my retirement when I paid into the retirement system."

You are not retired jackdonkey!

The article doesn't say but implies that you would only stop seeing the pension while you were earning more than 1 million. If you are retired you are not earning 1 million working as an anything. Honestly it is a stupid bill but talk about a lame defense.

#3 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2014-05-25 06:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

Gee, why not ban ALL pension payments as long as they work for lobbyists, Steve?

Because not all lobbyists are created equal. Some make seven-figure salaries working for fat-cat industries and businesses. Some make considerably less, I'd imagine.

#4 | Posted by rcade at 2014-05-25 08:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

The first thing that came to my mind was when Newt Gingrich called himself a "historian" for Freddie Mac.

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2014-05-26 09:10 AM | Reply | Flag:

Pensions for elected politicians serve as financial motivation to remain in office. As leader of the Continential Army George Washington took no salary, seeing his service as civic duty. Anybody elected to office wanna emulate the General?

I guess not...

#6 | Posted by catdog at 2014-05-26 09:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

There are two congresscritters who will never work as lobbyists.

#7 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2014-05-26 10:20 AM | Reply | Flag:

very bad example
"As leader of the Continental Army George Washington took no salary, seeing his service as civic duty."
I learned in high school that his expenses came to far more then if he had been given a salary he gamed the system to collect more then he would have been paid.

#8 | Posted by THomewood at 2014-05-26 11:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

I like it. Git 'er done, congress.

#9 | Posted by squinch at 2014-05-26 12:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

How about outlawing them from lobbying for certain groups?

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-26 01:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

Lobbying in itself is not evil. I don't see why earning a living doing it should be penalized above any other occupation.
#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-05-25 06:19 PM

Unequal access, privileged and groomed - they should be not only penalized, but the sheer amount of monies exchanged through preferential treatment and the entire turnstile from representative to lobbyist is obviously criminal. Why would you feel these systemic traitors deserve pensions, let alone air to breathe?!

While lobbyists remain out of control this nation is represented by SCUM BANK INDUSTRY, WAR-MONGERING CONTRACTORS AND DRUG MONEY. Lobbying should be regulated with such ferocity that K Street turns into Detroit.

#11 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-05-26 01:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

Four years in office, and then 4 more in jail.

#12 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-05-26 07:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

Why not just setup a transparent online bribery system where congresspeople get to auction off their votes. It would be a bit like a telethon with people calling in their bribes, which are posted on the big board for all to see. It would be so much more efficient than paying all the lobbyists to obscure the bribery.

Congresspeople would not have to accept bribes.
They could also set minimums for a yes or no.
They could also set a ratio ie yes money has to be double the no money before they will vote yes.

The citizens would be left to vote for people that weight bribes in the direction they prefer.

#13 | Posted by bored at 2014-05-26 09:08 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

**** That's EASY! Just have the Lobbyist's money paid to a secret offshore account like the Senators and the US Supreme Court Judges do!!!

#14 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-05-27 02:33 AM | Reply | Flag:

These are arrogant, greedy, and above all, immoral people, who care nothing about the people (citizens in the United States) they are charged with representing! Why would anyone either trust of vote for anything. Its all BullS**T....

#15 | Posted by Postone at 2014-05-27 12:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

Expect to see future lobbyist salaries cap out at $999,999/yr.

#16 | Posted by bartimus at 2014-05-27 05:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

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