I would never claim that Dems don't suck at Mammon's teat, (in every sense of the phrase;-), but c'mon! Hiring a lobbyist to be Chief of Staff for ALL of the House republicans sears them with a corporate logo.
the chairman of the House Republican Conference, composed of all the Republicans in the chamber, named a registered lobbyist for the Securities Industry Association as its chief of staff.
Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio) cited Rachel Robinson's experience, not only as a vice president of the securities trade group but as a director of operations for former Rep. Newt Gingrich when he was speaker of the House.
We are so past the 'have they no shame' point for this misAdministration and their minions in congress that while I am continually amazed at their anfractuosity, I'm never surprised. This move codifies their contempt for most Americans and enshrines their obeisance to corporations.
Yet another example from the NYT:
U.S. Royalty Plan to Give Windfall to Oil CompaniesRecord profits in the billions of dollars aren't enough for these oilymen, they need tax breaks too!?
by Edmund L. Andrews
WASHINGTON - The federal government is on the verge of one of the biggest giveaways of oil and gas in American history, worth an estimated $7 billion over five years.
New projections, buried in the Interior Department's just-published budget plan, anticipate that the government will let companies pump about $65 billion worth of oil and natural gas from federal territory over the next five years without paying any royalties to the government.