It All Depends On What The Meaning Of “People” Is…

July 9th, 2010at 07:00am Posted by Eli

Ah, Republicans. (Not that the Democrats are much better.)

It was barely a month ago that House Republicans announced the launch of a new website, America Speaking Out, that was designed to “craft a new agenda” based on input from real Americans.

Said a spokesman:

“There’s going to be a months-long period of engaging with the American people, asking for their ideas and [gauging] what their priorities are, and that’s going to take time,” Buck said. “Most people come up with an agenda in a back room in Washington, put it forward and say here’s what it is, take it.”

And today House Republicans are opting to be most people:

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) have invited senior Republican lobbyists and top officials from several large trade groups to the Capitol next week to provide their suggestions for a new GOP agenda.

The meeting is part of the House leaders’ initiative called America Speaking Out, which is intended to draw broad input to create a new policy agenda for the party to launch in the fall.

An e-mail invitation sent to more than 20 trade representatives and obtained by Roll Call summoned guests to Boehner’s second-floor office on July 16 “to discuss House Republican efforts to produce a new policy agenda with a small group of trade association leaders.”

Actually, given the kind of bizarre pronouncements Republicans usually make about what “the American people” want, or what’s good for “the American people”, it’s really not surprising at all to find that they’re thinking of the corporate lobbying community.

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Politics,Republicans,Wankers


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