r/antiwork Jan 14 '22 Silver 5 Helpful 16 Wholesome 10

So sorry, I'm broke so I can only pay you $77 for my food. You were great though.

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u/beforeitcloy Jan 15 '22

To be fair, that actually is how it works with politicians.

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u/elppaenip Jan 15 '22

Yeah, except they're not called bribes they're called lobbying

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u/LA-Matt Jan 15 '22 edited Jan 15 '22

The Supreme Court calls it “free speech.”

But it (lobbying) is just legalized bribery.

Edited to clarify for anyone who can’t follow a thread.

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u/elppaenip Jan 15 '22

Being paid to do one job while someone else pays you to fuck it up

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u/RazorRadick Jan 15 '22

So if I hand a Walmart employee a couple of bucks for helping me that should be free speech too right? If Walmart fires them over that it should be a first amendment case.

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u/LA-Matt Jan 15 '22

Oh boy. So you think the government should be run a like a WalMart. Good grief.

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u/RazorRadick Jan 15 '22

Nope. Just remarking on the absurdity of it all.

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u/LA-Matt Jan 15 '22

Ah. Sorry I may have been too touchy from previous comments.

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u/Outside_Effort_2833 Jan 15 '22

You cannot seriously be that stupid

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u/orgasmicstrawberry Jan 15 '22

Why is it stupid? Care to explain?

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u/MyAviato666 Jan 15 '22

Nope. Turns out you are the stupid one without reading comprehension.

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u/Prussian-Blue88 Jan 15 '22

What an idiotic comment.

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u/LA-Matt Jan 15 '22

Sorry it hurts your fee fees, Senator.

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u/Prussian-Blue88 Jan 15 '22

You equated free speech to legalized bribery. What did you expect?

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u/LA-Matt Jan 15 '22 edited Jan 15 '22

We’re talking about lobbying Congress. Maybe read the whole thread.

And I didn’t say lobbying was free speech, the Supreme Court did.

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u/ogscrubb Jan 15 '22

So people are partaking in their right to free speech to influence government. Should it be illegal for groups to have an opinion on politics and share it with their elected officials?

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u/LA-Matt Jan 15 '22

Of course not. But money is not speech. “Access” to Congresspeople should not be sold to the highest bidder.

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u/ogscrubb Jan 16 '22

Yeah so lobbying isn't bribery. Bribery is bribery. Shouldn't have to explain it.

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u/NoiceMango Jan 15 '22

Nah politicians legalize bribery through lobbying and bullshit "charities". What happens when the governments legalize crime such as bribery? Laws can be morally wrong.

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u/45willow Jan 15 '22

Called PAC. Political Action Committee.