Originally Posted by Gmash
Lobbying in this country is totally out of hand. What a cesspool of blatant corruption.
A favorite old boss use to say: "do not come to me with a problem unless you also have a solution." So let me ask you, how would you change things? We cannot get rid of them and we should not get rid of them all.
Consider: the ARRL has lobbyists and they help our hobby which in turn helps all of us. Among other things, they (try to) protect our band assignments so they are not allocated to other things. Amateurs do more good with the frequencies than HBO or some cell company.
Many lobbyists do good works but their efforts are not often reported. Not like the big oil or tobacco company lobbyists that are always evil and always perverting the system and always bashed in the press.
So how would you change the system to eliminate the "bad" lobbyists and keep the good ones? Perhaps you should not even try because you will run up against the lobbyists hired by lobbyists to protect lobbyists.
One problem is lobbying is constitutionally protected. Any activity protected by the constitution is very hard to eliminate. A very good thing indeed.
Because they have so much power, you had better have their permission before you try to make substantial changes in the system because they can likely stop you before you begin.