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Kajidourden said:If you're not an idiot it's actually an easy system that combats undercutters and RMT.blamo2000 said:N o word on an auction house? I play games to have fun, not waste all my time trying to buy or sell something.
Quizzical said:If you give a bureaucracy massive power to wreck businesses on a whim, then those companies pretty much have to find ways to influence what the bureaucracy does. Laws can change the means by which the money gets there, but they can't change the fact of it.DMKano said:Quizzical said:Don't assume that if there are a ton of regulations imposed, they'll be the regulations you want. Comcast can afford to hire a lot of lawyers and lobbyists. A small ISP that only serves one market can't. Who do you think that the regulations will be written to favor?
When regulation really took off in the United States in the 1930s, the effect in many industries was killing off a lot of small businesses and pushing consolidation of industries into fewer, larger businesses.
Lobbying laws need to change big time.
Should start by if any politician gets a payment from any special interest group their vote no longer counts due to conflict of interest.
Also anyone in politics should be required to have all their financials open and disclosed for life - to eliminate the loophole of "being paid after the vote".
This would also eliminate a lot of shit politicians whose sole purpose is to get that special interest money.
If laws along the lines of what you proposed were enacted, then whoever got to decide which groups counted as special interests and which didn't would wield far more power than any elected politicians. I'm not sure what the right term for such a system would be, but "democracy" sure isn't it.
It's usually more illuminating to think of campaign contributions that businesses make to politicians as being extortion on the part of the politicians rather than bribery on the part of the companies. In many cases, businesses have to pay lobbyists just to get their side of the story heard so that politicians don't do something to gratuitously destroy them.