That might have been true at one time but there do MUCH more damage then they do good now with the way they expect favors for the money they throw around. You really need to research this these and see what the various watchdog groups have to say on this. The staff politicians would be a good source of information vetting. There has GOT to be a better way. How about these companies the lobbyists represent are not allowed to contribute to any political campaign. Maybe give them a tax break or something. Chuck -----Original Message----- From: cpf0000-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:cpf0000-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Booth Martin Sent: Saturday, November 11, 2006 4:41 PM To: Open discussion among iSeries Users Subject: Re: [CPF0000] Universl Health Care (was election post-mortem) Lobbyists have a function that has immense public value. These are the people, like professional salesmen, that do the teaching. Without their specialized knowledge politicians would be making decisions based on emotions and in ignorance. Can you think of a better way for politicians to get the knowledge they need? "Do their homework" is not an answer because they don't even know what their homework is without an interested party telling them. Can lobbyists get it wrong or go bad? Sure, but thats true in any profession.
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