Thursday, November 26, 2009

Many in the House spoke with the voice of the Lobbyists

In the US debate of overhauling the health care system. If one cares to describe it that way?
It should be mentioned that many of the lawmakers spoke in similar manners.
Almost as if echoing, one another?
Or were they parroting a line delivered to them by an outside source?
If you picked the "parroting a line" you were correct!

Lawmakers spoke in the same voice as the lobbyists working for Genentech!
One of the world's largest biotechnology companies.

Genentech, a subsidiary of the Swiss drug giant Roche, estimates that 42 House members picked up some of its talking points — 22 Republicans and 20 Democrats, an unusual bipartisan coup for lobbyists.

E-mail messages obtained by The New York Times show that the lobbyists drafted one statement for Democrats and another for Republicans.

The lobbyists, employed by Genentech and by two Washington law firms, were remarkably successful in getting the statements printed in the Congressional Record under the names of different members of Congress.

Remarkably succesful? An unusual bipartasan coup?
As if this is some kind of mistake, or suprise? Something unexpected?
Not likely.

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