Should we start Taxing Lobbies?
Lobbyists don't promote democracy, and I cannot think of a single good thing that it has given us. Would there be any downside to taxing lobbies? I know it's rather unrealistic to have such a tax passed but would it be for good or for worse?
Guys, the tax would apply to unions too.... This isn't a partisan issue. And I'm just sayin, there are many companies that pay more in lobbies than they do in taxes.
- wyomugsLv 78 years agoBest Answer
Lobbyists.... hmmmm... One downside is that it would be unconstitutional to tax them.
Don't promote democracy? Not a single good thing? Dare I say you have a very slanted view of lobbying. I, on the other hand, have a realistic view.
1. Lobbying is a CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT (Amendment #1)
2. What "good" or "bad" comes from lobbying depends upon whose ox is being gored.
Now, please refer to the link below for a complete list of REGISTERED lobbyists of the US government. Just a brief glance down this list shows some fairly "NICE" lobby groups that should make libbies just CREAM with delight... such as (just taking ONE listing from each letter of the alphabet):
AIDS Action Council
Born Free USA
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Defenders of Wildlife
Earth Island Institute
Farm Animal Rights Movement
Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)
Hispanas Organized for Political Equity
International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
The Keystone Center
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.
Marijuana Policy Project
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
People for the American Way
Rainforest Action Network
Socialist Labor Party of America
Trust for Public Land
Union of Concerned Scientists
Violence Policy Center
Workers World Party
Zero Population Group see Population Connection
Now... you tell me... do you want THESE organizations to be taxed or THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to LOBBY Congress taken from them???
<wyomugs steps off her soapbox... "I rest my case.">
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- 8 years ago
comparing unions and lobbies is like comparing apples to oranges
lobbies work for unions the same way they work for corporations
and yes tax all lobbyist organizations 99 percent. that will get them to stop and any politician who votes against that will be seen as corrupt
- Anonymous8 years ago
We should just nationalize wall street and end the confusion as to where the government stands, already.
- 8 years ago