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21. The Iron Triangle prevails, lobbyist delegates will support the candidate protecting their interests
Fri May 13, 2016, 09:04 AM
May 2016


Corporations don't lecture congress, they buy them the fuck off. Each one has a price.

That's how the IRON TRIANGLE works - Lobbyist => Legislator => Bureaucrat (The public is shut out)!

In the United States, power is exercised in the Congress, and particularly in congressional committees and subcommittees. By aligning itself with selected constituencies, an agency may be able to affect policy outcomes directly in these committees and subcommittees. This is where an iron triangle may manifest itself. The picture above displays the concept.

At one corner of the triangle are interest groups (constituencies). These are the powerful interest's groups that influence Congressional votes in their favor and can sufficiently influence the re-election of a member of Congress in return for supporting their programs. At another corner sit members of Congress who also seek to align themselves with a constituency for political and electoral support. These congressional members support legislation that advances the interest group's agenda. Occupying the third corner of the triangle are bureaucrats, who are often pressured by the same powerful interest groups their agency is designated to regulate. The result is a three-way, stable alliance that is sometimes called a sub-government because of its durability, impregnability, and power to determine policy.

An iron triangle can result in the passing of very narrow, pork-barrel policies that benefit a small segment of the population. The interests of the agency's constituency (the interest groups) are met, while the needs of consumers (which may be the general public) are passed over. That public administration may result in benefiting a small segment of the public in this way may be viewed as problematic for the popular concept of democracy if the general welfare of all citizens is sacrificed for very specific interests. This is especially so if the legislation passed neglects or reverses the original purpose for which the agency was established. Some maintain that such arrangements are consonant with (and are natural outgrowths of) the democratic process, since they frequently involve a majority block of voters implementing their will through their representatives in government.


So you paid Murdock to read that? Interesting. synergie May 2016 #1
so the WSJ wants bernie. big deal. not too good on math tho nt msongs May 2016 #2
Apparently the WSJ didn't get the new talking points memo DLCWIdem May 2016 #25
She may just be the most unelectable candidate in history when you factor in all her baggage. coffeeAM May 2016 #3
If you enjoy RW manufactured baggage and hate math and do not know Trump synergie May 2016 #4
I know the Sanders' baggage. grasswire May 2016 #6
His baggage has not been talked about by either Hillary or Trump. She is more decent than he is. Jitter65 May 2016 #11
Nobody believes that. grasswire May 2016 #13
So his crowds are a ploy to trick superdelegates into picking him? AgingAmerican May 2016 #19
Nah, Sanders uses the rallies to feed his ego, which grows by the day! riversedge May 2016 #29
Ah, so the tens of thousands come just to feed his ego! AgingAmerican May 2016 #33
You got it -- Bernie is tricking so many--donate those $27!! riversedge May 2016 #37
Yeah, that must explain it! Trickery! AgingAmerican May 2016 #41
Good lord lastone May 2016 #28
Wow, I can't believe that a rational person can actually say that. Hillary supports wars rhett o rick May 2016 #43
What's in those J.C. Penney suitcases? His tax returns have the answer. oasis May 2016 #15
J.C. Penney boxers, socks, and pajamas. grasswire May 2016 #16
hey---shssssssssssush--You are telling everyone Jane's hiding place! riversedge May 2016 #30
LOL!!! Zing!! CoffeeCat May 2016 #32
She betrayed her own Party and the people of the US and the people of Iraq and why? rhett o rick May 2016 #8
Did you vote for Kerry? nt Andy823 May 2016 #24
Time for "Guess the Point". If you want to give me a lecture, go ahead without the questions. rhett o rick May 2016 #42
A lot of it is right wing bullshit, some of it is self inflicted though. phleshdef May 2016 #9
She's going to be a party disaster in November, LWolf May 2016 #23
Downballot cancer. Lizzie Poppet May 2016 #34
Yep. nt LWolf May 2016 #35
"buyer's remorse" re: HRC; if she's the nominee, there will be more than that amborin May 2016 #5
Media loves Trump, Clinton's under investigation, has tons and tons of baggage. CentralCoaster May 2016 #7
Do you know the "supposed" purpose of superdelegates? I do, and it isn't so they can be purchased or Dragonfli May 2016 #12
Exactly, There Is This Misconception That Voters Chose The Nominee TomCADem May 2016 #14
I see no need to make this an either/or. it takes BOTH Supers and Pledged to win 99th_Monkey May 2016 #18
The Iron Triangle prevails, lobbyist delegates will support the candidate protecting their interests TheBlackAdder May 2016 #21
Ok this is by my count the third news organization going there nadinbrzezinski May 2016 #10
I'm really surprised. I guess even they don't think its over yet... riderinthestorm May 2016 #26
There is an element of trump fear as well nadinbrzezinski May 2016 #39
Whaa! The Wall St. fucking Journal? nt 99th_Monkey May 2016 #17
"... it is undemocratic to pronounce this race as over. Voters do not pick the nominee. ... pampango May 2016 #20
"Mrs. Clinton has proven to be a lousy candidate, unappealing even to millions of Democrats." LWolf May 2016 #22
Further proof the Republicans would rather face Bernie redstateblues May 2016 #27
Just curious, who is the author of this editorial? emulatorloo May 2016 #31
Ahhh, I see that the WSJ is trying to roil Democratic waters. Beacool May 2016 #36
lol, any port in a storm bigtree May 2016 #38
Yes Democrats Listen to the Wall Street Journal - A real Beacon of Truth!!! /sacrcasm BootinUp May 2016 #40
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