Regarding the headline, "Lobbyist spending increases after change to ethics rule," Sunday, July 12, 2015, The Oklahoman:
Allow me for a moment to take a larger view here.
I, the little-known registered voter, go to the voting booth on election day, and let's say I voted for the state representative, noted in the newspaper article, Rep. Casey Murdock, who no doubt had won the election. But here is the crunch of Murdock's win.
He does not represent me, nor does he really care about the thousands of unknown registered voters who put him in office. Who the elected rep is, in fact, actually serving first and foremost is the wealthy and powerful registered state lobbyist. Of course, the powerful, wealthy, registered lobbyist must therefore bow down to the rules of the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. I suppose you could say, "money talks."
And government by the people, for the people and by the people can only be found in the history books. Is it any wonder why the state of Oklahoma's political system today is a wretched mess of unlimited proportions?