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Saturday, November 22, 2003  

There's quite a debate going on about the Dems and gay marriage at Open Source Politics, should you care to weigh in.

Big doin's in Congress, which I've barely had time to consider. It looks to me like we're about to go into the One Year War. Salvos have been fired, lines have been drawn, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the cops called in again. Gonna be ugly and probably morbidly fascinating.

Prediction: this will arouse exactly no outrage or even interest outside the blogosphere:

More than three dozen of President Bush's major fundraisers are affiliated with companies that stand to benefit from the passage of two central pieces of the administration's legislative agenda: the energy and Medicare bills.

The energy bill provides billions of dollars in benefits to companies run by at least 22 executives and their spouses who have qualified as either "Pioneers" or "Rangers," as well as to the clients of at least 15 lobbyists and their spouses who have achieved similar status as fundraisers. At least 24 Rangers and Pioneers could benefit from the Medicare bill as executives of companies or lobbyists working for them, including eight who have clients affected by both bills....

The energy and Medicare bills were drafted with the cooperation of representatives from dozens of industries. Power and energy company officials; railroad CEOs; pharmaceutical, hospital association and insurance company executives; and the lobbyists who represent them are among those who have supported the bills and whose companies would benefit from their passage.

This is, of course, not unreported and has already failed to elicit a raised eyebrow from the average American (Nicholas Confessore has a great article about the power of K Street lobbying on exactly this topic). But somehow the flood of money back and forth between corporations and the White House seems wholly natural to most Americans. Care to lay odds that you'll hear about this as an election issue? I'll give you 10-1 against.

posted by Jeff | 6:22 PM |
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