Crooked lobbyist Jack Abramoff explains in 60 Minutes how he “owned” Congress for years, and how such corruption continues today despite ethics reform. Must be said that even before #Occupy Wall Street, we actually had #Occupy Congress. Except unlike #OWS where everybody’s welcome, Occupy Congress was a nice get together for the deep pockets and their lobbyists, for the buyers and the bought, for the owners and the ownee– who could not admit they were owned and paid for (just listen to Mr. Nye).
At the end of the interview, Abramoff says: “If you make the choice to serve the public, public service, then serve the public, not yourself. When you’re done, go home. Washington’s a dangerous place. Don’t hang around.”
You think our elected public servants in Congress would listen to that advice given their 9% approval rating?
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database of all privately financed trips taken by members of Congress
and congressional staffers.
Now, if only they can start a database of dangling job offers, we’ll know who’s been shopping and who’s been bought before they go through the revolving door.