A Hero of Our Time

Congressman Ron Kind, Democrat of Wisconsin, as quoted in ProPublica’s article on the House “New Democrat” Caucus:

At a Saturday session at the retreat, Rep. Kind acknowledged what had brought the lobbyists and lawmakers together. In these busy legislative times, he said, the New Democrats had become a “powerful voice in policy making,” and the business interests in the room were playing a crucial role in informing that voice.

“We’re working hard with you to get the policy right,” Kind told lobbyists for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and others.

Political junkies in the audience will note that Kind seems to be endorsing the Hall/Deardorff “Lobbying as Legislative Subsidy” (PDF) model rather than the more populist “pols on the take” model. And it doesn’t really sound much less pernicious this way!