I remember, back in the 103rd Congress (the last time the Dems controlled things), a bill was introduced to force any average citizen, with an issue concern, to register, formally, as a lobbyist. Without registration and the concomitant registration fee, members of congress would be free from pestering constituents and issue-oriented, non-profit groups. Cool, huh? Thankfully, it didn’t pass, primarily due to meddlesome constituents causing a congressional switchboard meltdown.
Although U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) is taking a slightly more incremental approach, this time – targeting the Executive Branch and special interest groups like, say, the National Right to Life Committee – his bill, H.R. 984, however “ethical” the language and the veil, is sinister. The eventual goal is similar, if not broader, than that of the 103rd Congress.
Read all about it, then call, e-mail, fax, whatever. Methinks another meltdown is in order.