Wednesday, January 6, 2010

special interests

I read a pretty funny story today about the appearance of Michelle Obama in an ad for PETA. Reports from the white house indicate that the president and the first lady are not happy with here likeness being used. PETA felt that Michelle Obama's stance on not wearing fur justified using her picture for the ad. But statements from the white house say that PETA did not have their consent because the first lady shouldn't be seen supporting a special interest group. (WHAT!?) Obama has built his entire career (not that most politicians don't) on special interest groups. He has been trading favors with lobbyists and special interests since his days in Illinois. And nothing has changed. And he is still doing favors for these groups. Most notably workers unions like the UAW and teacher unions and the ethanol industry.

I do agree with the fact that the president, or his wife, shouldn't support special interest groups. In fact I don't think it should be allowed any politician to support special interest groups. But the fact of the matter is that it does happen right now and it is most definitely done by this president.

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