You gotta give it to Republicans. They paint themselves as the party of family values and all things wholesome, and millions of Americans fall for that line, voting in lockstep with the GOP when elections roll around.
But then that same group of moral hypocrites decides, as some GOP state legislators in Missouri have done, to introduce a bill that would make it a law for sex with a lobbyist to be disclosed and recognized as a “gift.” As the bill states:
The term ‘gift’ shall include sexual relations between a registered lobbyist and a member of the general assembly or his or her staff. Relations between married persons or between persons who entered into a relationship prior to the registration of the lobbyist, the election of the member to the general assembly, or the employment of the staff person shall not be reportable under this subdivision. The reporting of sexual relations for purposes of this subdivision shall not require a dollar valuation.
No, how could one ever hope to put a money value to the sex act? Also, would such a valuation be based on the time spent on the act or on the pleasure derived by the parties? Thankfully for all of us, the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Bart Korman, decided not to wade into those treacherous waters.
Still think this is all a bad joke taken from the Onion as some form of satire, dear reader? Then take a look at this news report:
Kinda gives new meaning to “The ‘Show Me’ State, doesn’t it? Yeah, I’ll show you mine, but can you fill out this official gift received from a lobbyist form? And do you happen to be a Notary Public, too?
While it may be easy to dismiss this as just the highly bizarre plan of a few politicians to embarrass their colleagues in any manner possible, it is also a larger indictment of what is really taking place in the American political system: Lobbyists and politicians are getting into bed–figuratively and literally–on a daily basis across this country, and the only people being screwed are the ones they’re supposed to be representing: the voters.
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