How to Weaken Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform…One Bill at a Time

H.R. 1105, the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act, was introduced by Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia). The purpose of the Act is to exempt advisers to certain private equity funds from the new registration requirements required by Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Wall Street reform act that is supposed to regulate the practices of Wall Street to prevent another financial crisis. … [Read more]

Lobbying Part II: Where’d the money go?

K Street—the lobbying capital of our country. If you want something done, no matter what it is, you’ll be able to find someone on K street to lobby Congress on your behalf. But, is this a benefit to our political system?

It depends. If you’re a senior citizen, you probably belong to the AARP and like it that the AARP lobbies on issues concerning senior citizens.… [Read more]

Part I-The business of lobbying

Whether we like it or not, lobbying is part of our government. If it’s an issue that we like (education?) or one we don’t care too much about (taxes?), the fact remains that there is probably a lobbyist working on the issue. But, how big and pervasive is the business of lobbying? I know it’s a stupid question, but I get to ask it anyway because this is my post.… [Read more]

Fractured Government, Ideology and the Abuse of Power

This week the US Senate proved to every American it is fractured. The defeat of the United Nations Treaty, which would have  given to people with disabilities around the world, the same protections people in this country have under the Americans with Disabilities Act, was an act of defiance by 38 Republican senators.

Ex-Senator Bob Dole, the 1996 GOP standard bearer, was in the well of the Senate giving his support of the Treaty but that did not sway the Republican senators who voted no to the measure.… [Read more]