Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Juice

Kaus sees the debate over the Employee Free Choice Act as welfare for Republican lobbyists:

A "juice bill," in California parlance, is a bill that is so important to monied interests that lawmakers are showered with contributions from interested parties and lobbyists all find work representing one side or the other."Card Check" is the Odwalla of juice bills. It's a proposal that terrifies virtually all of American business, which has responded--as Politico's Ben Smith first chronicled--by a massive program to employ out-of-work Republican lobbyists. The problem with "juice bills" is that so many people have a vested interest in keeping the fight going. Politicians, most obviously. The longer they're undecided, the longer corporate and union interests will try to subtly influence them with large campaign contributions.