US lawmakers ‘cater to lobbyists, special interests’
Members of the US Congress do not represent the American people but rather they “cater to lobbyists” and “special interests” to get reelected, says the political director of the Libertarian Party.
“Democrats and Republicans don’t even seem to care that their approval ratings are in the gutter. So long as they can pass laws to marginalize other political parties and get themselves reelected, they’re satisfied,” Carla Howell said in a phone interview with Press TV on Monday.
Lobbyists and members of Congress have been rated as the least honest and ethical professionals in the United States, according to a new Gallup survey.
The poll, published on Monday, showed that only 8 percent of Americans rate US lawmakers as having “high” or “very high” honesty and ethical standards.
“It is no wonder that Democrats and Republicans in Congress, along with their lobbyists, are viewed so poorly by the American people,” Howell said.
“Democrats and Republicans are supposed to represent the people, but they don’t,” she said. “They cater to lobbyists who work for powerful special interests which profit from big government on the backs of the American worker.”
Howell criticized a recent two-year bipartisan budget deal in the House of Representatives. “[It] raises spending and takes the heat of off both parties and keeps their special interests masters content.”
“Leading Democrats and Republicans in the US House have voted to add another $60 billion in new federal spending for special interests, including defense contractors; add more to the US government’s $17.2 trillion national debt; eliminate much of their pathetically small, yet celebrated, ‘sequester’ spending cuts and raise taxes.”
The reason for such a hasty end-of-the-year vote was to avoid controversial budget negotiations at the time of elections, she said.
“Democrats and Republicans want to avoid dealing with heated budget negotiations next fall when many of them are up for reelection. So they’re trying to pass a two-year — rather than a one-year — budget now.”
Various opinion polls reveal a continued public distrust with US politicians.