THEN you need to do this. The life you save may be your own. And I am really really NOT exaggerating, here.
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“Progressive Block” Strategy: Is It Really Happening?
The Story of the Governor And IHSS(In-Home Supportive Services) As a result of all that they used wheelchairs to block the Governor's office over the budget cuts and demanded that the Governor find new sources of income
Why it is so hard to pass good legislation: This is how your government works
Hey Democrats!How Can We Believe You're Not Influenced By All The Money You Get From Insurance Companies? video at link
And the Washington Post occasionally does good journalism, like here: Familiar Players in Health Bill Lobbying Firms Are Enlisting Ex-Lawmakers, Aides
The nation's largest insurers, hospitals and medical groups have hired more than 350 former government staff members and retired members of Congress in hopes of influencing their old bosses and colleagues, according to an analysis of lobbying disclosures and other records.
Nearly half of the insiders previously worked for the key committees and lawmakers, including Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), debating whether to adopt a public insurance option opposed by major industry groups. At least 10 others have been members of Congress, such as former House majority leaders Richard K. Armey (R-Tex.) and Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.), both of whom represent a New Jersey pharmaceutical firm.
The hirings are part of a record-breaking influence campaign by the health-care industry, which is spending more than $1.4 million a day on lobbying in the current fight, according to disclosure records. And even in a city where lobbying is a part of life, the scale of the effort has drawn attention. For example, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) doubled its spending to nearly $7 million in the first quarter of 2009, followed by Pfizer, with more than $6 million.MORE
But its not just the money. Its the relationships
Suppressing your instinct to trust a former chief of staff and legislative director is a hard thing to do. Refusing to return the calls of favored staffers and colleagues goes against every social grain in our bodies. It should be easy to separate professional responsibilities and personal feelings. But it isn't.
Journalists consistently use this to our advantage: When you hear that someone is well-sourced, it generally means they have good personal relationships that make it more likely that insiders will tell them things. A big part of the job is leveraging social pressures to gain access to protected information. And, somewhat amazingly, it works. But the relationship between a journalist and a longtime source is nothing compared to the relationship between a senator and a longtime staffer. One of the secrets about lobbying in Washington is that money doesn't buy access. It buys people who already have access. And that makes it much more insidious.MORE
You CANNOT ignore this. This is going to affect you up close and personal for the rest of you life. Go hold your congress person's feet to the fire