Why Political Elites LOVE the Revolving Door

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Boulder – Remember the “Revolving Door” from civics class? Where the political elites shuffles back and forth between government work and jobs as lobbyists, consultants and strategists? Good for them, but really bad for the American people.


The Conundrum of the Political Elites

Patrick Kennedy is the latest player in the game. This former Democratic representative, and son of Ted Kennedy, is in the middle of the Trump administration’s multi-billion-dollar response to the opioid crisis.  The high-profile mental health advocate sat on Trump’s opioid commission while serving as the CEO of the behavioral health nonprofit Kennedy Forum. And it appears that he has made a nice little chunk of change in the process. In fact, he’s made well over $1 million in salaries and equity stakes in firms that include major drug makers and addiction-treatment companies.

Smells fishy to me. But for the tone-deaf political elite, it’s all OK and it’s always the same story. “You don’t make money in government, now I’m making a living for my family.” Or my personal favorite, “My intentions are good.” Well, I think $174.000 per year is a darn good living. And as my granddaddy would say, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”


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