“It's a choice between having a debate with the other party about who has the most experience in Washington or about who can change Washington, because that's a debate that we can win."
When you read that and then see stories like this you really feel like you have been punched in the stomach:
Main Street has had a tough year, losing jobs and seeing little evidence of the economic revival that experts say has already begun.
But K Street is raking it in.
Washington’s influence industry is on track to shatter last year’s record $3.3 billion spent to lobby Congress and the rest of the federal government — and that’s with a down economy and about 1,500 fewer registered lobbyists in town, according to data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Many lobbying firms have escaped the worst of the corporate belt-tightening, thanks, in large part, to the ambitious agenda set out by President Barack Obama — who, ironically, came to Washington with a pledge to break what he considered the undue influence of special-interest lobbyists.
More than $600 million has been spent so far this year trying to influence U.S. lawmakers working to overhaul the health-care system, reports show.
The health industry spent $396 million through Sept. 30, more than anyone else and up 9 percent over the same period a year ago, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group.
Those numbers don’t include spending on lobbying by insurers such as the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, which spent $16.7 million in the first nine months of 2009, compared with $16.2 million in all of 2008.
President Obama’s first term is almost 25% over. It’s time for that “change we can believe in”. Sadly though that change has been in him, not Washington.