The main role of lobbyists is to convince congress to increase government spending. Certain groups like the gun lobby and a few others are are concerned with other things but they make up a very small portion of lobbyists activity. Economic intervention, is a favorite of the lobbyist persuasion. Q.E. for example, elevates profit margins and maximizes what citizens pay for goods and services. Lofty explanations of the lobbying function are easy to find. In the United States, most of what citizens believe about government is not true.
Whether rich or poor, government is approached for the purpose of personal gain. Any exceptions are so tiny, they don’t need to be explained. Citizens fantasize otherwise. All institutions are what they are but they are given lofty definitions. Citizens assume the lofty definitions are accurate. Toward the end of an economic expansion, virtually all life is based on fantasy and lofty definitions of what they do.
Here is part of a lofty dictionary definition. The lobbying profession is a legitimate and integral part of our democratic political process that is not very well understood by the general population.
I am not suggesting criminalizing lobbying activities. All that is necessary is for citizens to understand what lobbyists actually do. After that, it would be quite productive if folks could grasp the the incentive to serve is only imaginary. It would go a long way towards improving the country if ordinary people would stop wearing kick me signs on their backsides.The truth is a hard sell. Fantasy Free Economics gains readers one at a time. Major search engines simply do not list blogs which disagree with their political agenda. As long as folks share the link to this blog and others speaking out against the grain, the truth will at least trickle into the public consciousness.
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