Special interests line up to defeat Obama's proposals
It will be interesting to see how the Obama administration handles the special interests that the Republicans and Democrats have been giving taxpayer money and breaks to for years. Hopefully, after the shameful behavior of the Republicans over the last 8 years, the Democrats and honest Republicans will not be as easily bought by big business.
Lobbyists Line Up to Torpedo Speech Proposals - WSJ.com
The day after Mr. Obama formally laid out his policy goals in his first address to Congress, the former chief executive of HCA Inc. unveiled a $20 million campaign to pressure Democrats.
The agriculture lobby quickly recoiled Wednesday against President Obama's vow to "end direct payments to large agribusinesses that don't need them," though industry leaders and farm-state legislators weren't sure which government payments they'll have to defend.
Meanwhile, an alliance of electric utilities, coal and mining companies said it will spend as much as $40 million to make sure Congress approves a global-warming plan with funding for technology to reduce emissions that includes carbon capture and storage at coal-fired plants.
Even before Mr. Obama's speech, the defense industry had stepped up its advertising and lobbying efforts this week in response to the president's vow to crack down on defense-project cost overruns, and to separate proposals in Congress to cut off certain expensive weapons programs.
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