Friday, May 16, 2008
Stephen Colbert, host of the Colbert Report began a new series in February called Better Know a Lobby, in which he interviews lobbyist and examines their agendas. The humor of the series is that it supposedly consists of 35,000 parts because that is the approximate number of lobbyist in Washington. On Wednesday March 12, Colbert introduced the series by saying “I thought our laws were written by lawmakers, but like the best literature they are often crafted by ghost writers… called Lobbyists” (Colbert). This quote while humorous is also disconcerting. 35,000 people whose sole purpose is to create laws in order to further their own self interest. That is a perfect example of the sclerosis that leads to lowered productivity in an effluent society according to Mancur Olsen.