Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Lobbyist Liaisons vs. Meals on Wheels

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Democratic Minority Whip Jeff Roorda challenges freshman Republican Scott Largent (not seen on camera) on his amendment to eliminate funding for legislative liaisons in cabinet agencies and put the money towards the Meals On Wheels program.
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With Roorda obviously taking the upper hand in the debate over the newly minted State House member from Clinton, attorney and GOP pitbull Rep. Tim Jones comes to the rescue BELOW.

Roorda argues that Republicans never had a problem with these "liaisons" during the Blunt administration; Jones pushes back and dares Roorda to vote against an amendment that would transfer money from "lobbyists" to meals for the needy. In the clip immediately below, Jones begins his argument with the premise that department liaisons should not be taking positions and lobbying lawmakers to support or oppose any particular legislation.
Roorda, referring to the GOP's budget proposals, answers: "Because they're crazy."
GENTLEMEN, PLEASE
MUST-WATCH BACK & FORTH BELOW
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WHO WON THE DEBATE -- ROORDA or JONES?

1 comment:

James said...

The problem here is Roorda is arguing the budget from three years ago. Set aside the argument of whether these liasons are legitimate uses of taxpayers dollars and make the difficult decision - Give the governor more lobbyists and staff or fund other social services.

Nixon wouldn't understand that being the executive means chosing, often times between multiple worthwhile causes. That's the problem with electing the AG of 16 years as Governor.