'Uncharted Waters': DC Lobbyists Panic Over Possibility of Sanders Win

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      WillyT
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      ‘Uncharted Waters’: DC Lobbyists Panic Over Possibility of Sanders Win – CommonDreams

       

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      Federal government lobbyists told The Hill Friday that they are increasingly concerned that a Bernie Sanders presidency could be “uncharted waters” for their clients given the Vermont senator’s history of antipathy toward big business and the role of corporate power in U.S. politics.

      “In our lifetime we have not had a [presidential candidate] so openly hostile towards corporations,” said lobbyist Kevin O’Neill, a partner with D.C. firm Arnold & Porter.

      Sanders, the frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, regularly rails against big business and American capitalism on the campaign trail. The candidate has suggested raising taxes on corporations and instituting a wealth tax to pay for large public service plans like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.

      “That’s the whole crux of his message,” Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck lobbyist Al Mottur told The Hill. “Washington is rigged and it’s rigged in part from the wealthy and the powerful. You would expect businesses to have concerns with him.”

      The senator also plans to change how K Street, Washington shorthand for the city’s massive federal lobbying infrastructure, does business.

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      More: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/28/uncharted-waters-dc-lobbyists-panic-over-possibility-sanders-win

       

       

       

    • #276920
      David the Gnome
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      The reasons listed for the panic are just a few of the reasons I love him.  Hope those insiders are feeling the Bern.

    • #276930
      peacecorps
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      Talk is cheap – even endlessly repetitious lies – are cheap.

      They are called 'human' rights not "if politicians do not feel threatened" rights. Many politicians see national sovereignty/security as more important because they protect their power and wealth. Human rights often do just the opposite.

      National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not resolved with more national sovereignty.

    • #276943
      daleanime
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      My money is more important then your lives.

      When the going gets tough, the tough help each other.

    • #276944
      Yanath
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      that without billionaires and capitalism, society’s demand for goods and services would suddenly cease to exist, and that we would no longer have any reason to go on. What a bizarre, disconnected line of reasoning.

    • #277058
      KenTankerous
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      My heart goes out to them. Not.

      "If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States."
      - Henry A. Wallace
      (FDR's Vice President until he was forced out by the corrupt forces of obscene wealth.)

    • #277061
      Ohio Barbarian
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      They should be thankful they don’t see guillotines, and STFU.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

    • #277111
      Mick063
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      Yes…

      If your retirement fund is invested in the exploitation of parents with cancer stricken children, you should be panicking.

      "I welcome their hatred" Franklin D Roosevelt

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