October 15, 2012
Was interested to read that a presidential candidate said that Teachers’ Unions shouldn’t be allowed to lobby, as they don’t have the best interests of the students at heart. Scoured the reports just to make sure that the quote wasn’t being truncated or monkeyed with, as it is fairly evident that any group who lobbies has more in mind than the public good. I thought that maybe the candidate gave other examples of groups that shouldn’t be allowed to lobby, but I found nothing.
Today, though, there’s an article about the food industry policing itself, leading to serious outbreaks of e. coli, salmonella and listeria.
The FDA is trying to regain control of food inspections, but the food industry lobbied for, and won, the enactment of a law that gave food auditors-for-hire expanded powers. Who hires the auditors? Often times, companies with ties to these auditors. The fox is guarding the salmonella-infested henhouse!
Excellent opportunity for a candidate, or both candidates, to proclaim his interest in protecting the country from ALL special-interest groups that run counter to the public well-being. (We know neither of you would mean it, but you’d sound good.)