I kind of wonder why nobody ever proposes banning foreign lobbying. I assume it’s because Members of Congress enjoy being wined and dined by foreign lobbyists. But a ban seems like a pretty easy populist argument that is also a good government argument. Foreign lobbying means that other countries aren’t using the State Department to communicate their positions and interests to us, and they should be doing that. That Donald Trump seems to prefer foreign lobbyists to the State Department really says a lot. I don’t think all of them are necessarily as crooked as Michael Flynn. But ultimately this is just a way around a well-working process with accountability, which invariably means corruption as a result of the opacity. Sort of like the opacity which keeps us at war for some reason year in, year out…just a coincidence, I’m sure.

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