Should politicians be free to accept gifts from business and corporate interests? If they're sufficiently small.
Define "sufficiently small." Small enough not to exact influence. Less than a thousand dollars cumulative total.
Is it important to know what gifts from special interests your representative accepts? Yes, to reveal potential conflicts of interest.
If someone offered you a free golf trip to Vail, would you think they expect something back? Of course. It wouldn't be wise use of their money if they didn't get something for it.
If you could pick a gift for your least favorite politician, what would it be? Roget's Thesaurus for George W. Bush.
D-11 bus driver
Should politicians be free to accept gifts and perks from special interests? If one's offered, why not accept it?
Should the public be privy to the gifts elected officials accept? It's always good to know who's doing what.
Would you assume they want something in return if you were offered a free golf trip to Vail? Nothing is free.
If you could give your least favorite politician the gift of your choice, what would it be? He or she would have to do my job for a week to see how real people live.
What happens when politicians get gifts from special interests? It pushes their mind in a certain direction so they play favorites.
Why should the public know about these gifts? So we know who is influencing them.
If you were offered a free golf trip to Vail, would the giver be hoping for something in return? I'd certainly ask what they wanted in return.
What gift would you give your least favorite politician? His or her salary would depend on what they've done for voters as a public servant in the past year, so they can see that what goes around comes around.
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Martial arts instructor
Should there be a limit on politicians accepting gifts from special interests? Yes. It's a form of lobbying, of soliciting influence.
Should politicians have to reveal all gifts accepted? Yes. If they accept a gift from tobacco interests, we pretty much know their stand on that.
Would a free golf trip to Vail imply an obligation on your part? In politics it would. Nothing is free in politics.
What gift would you offer your least favorite politician? The Tao of Pooh to George Bush.