Former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, now the head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), has been pushing the passage of Web-censorship bills in both the House and Senate. When Congress shelved the bills last week amid an unprecedented wave of public opposition, Dodd told Fox News:
“Those who count on ‘Hollywood’ for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who’s going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don’t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake.”
It’s unusual for a lobbyist to directly admit on TV that he buys Congressional votes. Chris must be drinking heavily. Or he’s already drunk enough for a lifetime. Hung around the political watering holes so long that he no longer knows right from wrong. Thinks selling out his constitutents was just another retail business, like any other. A family business. Following in the footsteps of his dad, Tom… censured by the Senate in 1967 for spending campaign contributions, directly converting them to bribes. The excuse was ‘the poor guy’ just drank too much, Tom Dodd took money from Central American and African dictators. Now ‘poor Chris’ has just gone over to the other side of the ledger and become the buyer. Hey, somebody’s got to do it… right?
The real mystery here is why the voters in Connecticut, my home state, even considered electing the son of a known grifter and grafter to office in 1980… why not go with someone who might not sell them out? And then why they did elect him again and again and again – 1986, 1992, 1998, and 2004 – knowing all the while that he was taking money and delivering the goods for interests other than their own.
And now he’s working the otherside of the revolving door. Sometimes you have have to wonder if we don’t deserve just exactly what we’ve got.
Chris Dodd was the point man in the Senate for Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act the repeal of Glass-Steagal. After all, we voted all these criminals into office, not once, but again and again and again… generation after generation. They say Gramm–Leach–Bliley wouldn’t have passed without him.