Monday, November 06, 2006

All About The Benjamins

This article in today's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal about municipalities and universities using lobbyists to secure national funding bothered me. I don't study business or politics enough to cite why, exactly, this feels just seems to me like yet another example of capitalism being our form of government more than democracy. When a lobbyist (professional ass-kisser, palm-greaser) can secure more funding than an elected official for these towns and universities, I can see why they'd want to hire one. Of course they COULD hire or train people within their own employ to write grants and work to secure funding. I don't just doesn't sit right with me, this notion of hiring other people to schmooze for public funding, essentially.

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