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Congress Critters Kiss Wall Street Butt for Cash

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On the day before Halloween, the ethically-challenged members of our lobbyist-haunted House of Representatives did a perverse imitation of "Profiles in Courage," turning that body into "Profiles in Spinelessness."

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 7:42 am
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On the day before Halloween, the ethically-challenged members of our lobbyist-haunted House of Representatives did a perverse imitation of "Profiles in Courage," turning that body into "Profiles in Spinelessness."

In particular, they cravenly caved in to an outrageous and dangerous demand by Wall Street whiners. Such financial powerhouses as Citigroup just hate having their profiteering recklessness restrained by the regulatory reforms passed after their 2008 financial meltdown. Even though the shockwaves from that Wall Street collapse continue to devastate America's middle class, the banking elite have completely recovered – including recovering their swaggering arrogance and ability to sway money-hungry congress critters with rich campaign donations.

Thus, a majority of the House happily did Wall Street's bidding, passing a major bill that undercuts the reforms so banks can return to the risky casino games that wrecked our economy. Of course, the members insist that banker money didn't influence them. For example, Rep. Jim Himes, the second-largest recipient among Democrats of Wall Street cash, asserted after the vote that money "hardly determines, thank goodness, how legislators think about these issues."

Really? Then why did they let Citigroup lobbyists write the bulk of the bill? And why did they let Wall Street lobbyists orchestrate the debate by handing out talking points and questions for members to parrot during consideration of what became known as "Citigroup's bill?" Even a Republican staffer warned against simply mouthing the industry's lines: "I know that some of our members are inclined to whore," he wrote in an email," but we cannot be apes."

Yet, for this Halloween trick-and-treat show, the majority of House members did, indeed, pose as apes and parrots for Wall Street.

By: Jim Hightower | Jim |


JL A (281)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 7:45 am
I'm glad Hightower is watching and revealing the game. Rand Paul has introduced a bill that would require all in Congress to read bills. I'd like to see someone propose an amendment that would switch it to requiring all bills be written by Congress (and not by corporations, think tanks, lobbying groups, etc.).

Sue Matheson (79)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 8:23 am

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 11:02 am
This explains the poll showing that people have a higher opinion of witches, hemorrhoids and jury duty than they do of Congress. Of course, Congress doesn't care - They have sold their souls to the highest bidders and the rest of us are not even in their reality.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 12:37 pm
Yep, was mentioned and posted before. And Himes is also the chief fundraiser for DCCC and that's why I returned all email from them asking for a donation with a comment.
Arielle, you forgot the toenail fungus ;)

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 12:49 pm (for more info)

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 12:54 pm
There's also a TAKE ACTION included in above link-hope you will just do that!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 1:29 pm
Thank You, Kit~
Vielen Dank, liebe Angie, for the link. signed it...

Mike M (40)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 2:05 pm
N&S&T&FB above action

This class action the governments, banks and corporations against the people of America has got to stop one way or the other

Athena F (131)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 2:24 pm
thank you

Robert S (111)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 2:31 pm
These people feel immune from anything but the ire of Wall street. This must also pass in the Senate no doubt, but that not much comfort with those on our own side.. Dems like Schumer in there, who think of Wall street as his personal cash cow. Thanks for the info Kit, and thanks Angelika. I of course signed for whatever good it will do. One can hope.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 3:18 pm

Maybe Rand Paul should first learn to read his own speeches before he tells others what they should do.

Angelika - thanks for the petition.

We do need some important changes, lobbyists writing bills should cease. These bills are not for the people, rather just more favors for the elite and corporations.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 6:28 pm
Noted. Thanks, Kit. Seems like we lowly constituents are now left with absolutely no voice. Happened to have Rachel on right now, and she's explaining how this is the richest Congress ever! Many members are either heirs to fortunes, or married heirs. And, Congress is now at a 9% approval rating....the lowest ever in 40 years of polling by Gallup.

Jason R (67)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 9:00 am
JL A…Right friggin on!

Barbara K (60)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 4:40 pm
I hope the Wall Street Butt Kissing by Congresscritters ends soon. It is always astonishing to see how wealthy a Congressman becomes after just one year in Congress and only wealthier from then on.
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