What Are Iron Triangles ??
Secret Societies Designed To Destroy Free Markets … drives up prices and benefit a small group. These are clandestine policy-making groups designed to control who wins bids, who stays in power and who controls policy making and the administrative law courts. Iron Triangle members all support one another. However, it is very difficult to prove their existence. The person(s) for who you provide financial and/or other forms of support are never the ones who compensate you. Thus, there are never any quid pro quo relationships. The left corners of an Iron Triangle is usually occupied by members of special interest groups (SIG’s). The top is occupied by politicians and their staff. The right corner is occupied by one or more bureaucracies on any one of our now five (5) government levels. Their secret relationships are not in the interests of fair market dynamics competition or pricing. Special favors & regulation changes that do not benefit tax payer in any way are common. Once Hooked, participants quickly become dependent on other iron triangle members. Their political / professional survival is at stake as well as staying
out of jail. The main thing political criminals need to become wealthy is unencumbered access to Your Tax Dollars. As long as they keep you in the dark & distracted they are assured to fill their pockets with Your Tax Dollars.
Special Interest Groups (SIG)
Lobbyists are experts at creating a need for themselves in the minds of politicians.
They come in all sizes, shapes and forms. They vary greatly. At one end of the spectrum you have single issue political groups;eg: Right To Life & 2nd Amendment. At the other end of the spectrum you will find major industry groups and major corporations like Telecommunications Workers Unions and Boeing. No matter who or what they want or represent, they are focused like a laser on that one issue or opportunity. An example of a SIG at work was recent lobbying for the EX-IM Bank by Boeing. Foreign customers seeking to buy Boeing’s aircraft lobbied hard to make Your Tax Dollars available to fund foreign purchases. Boeing pulled out all the stops in lobbying for its interest. They exploited any/all personal relationships their lobbyists had developed with each and every congressman on capital hill. Single issue political groups, foreign governments and vendors often bring undue influence on bureaucracies, & politicians. Politicians value personal relationships with SIG’s. They are great sources of information. SIG’s lobbyists write legislation, provide engineering, financial, real estate valuation and other analysis. Many actually do the politicians job for them.
They provide supportive legislation, advance notice of major projects & purchase orders crafted to make sure that only SIG’s in their Iron Triangle win bids on capital projects. In exchange, Special Interest Groups provide in kind and not in kind political support.
… have grown in number during the past 150 years. Today, politicians love to give them Mandated Powers. These powers endow a bureaucracy with both Police & Judicial Powers. These powers are administered within administrative law courts held in a bureaucracy’s office buildings. They are often held right after board meetings.
Politicians love this. By handing their legislative responsibilities over to a bureaucracy, with an administrative law court, they dodge, entirely, their legislative responsibilities. Touchy hot potato political issues are tossed to friendly bureaucrats. This is one of the main reasons that elections mean less and less and bureaucies have more and more power. Politicians constantly feed the alligator they have created by constantly feeding it more and more of Your Tax Dollars. Bureaucracies grow larger and larger and the salaries paid to bureaucrats constantly increase while private sector salaries decline.
A Simple Example
A Midwest congressman sits on a U.S. House Agriculture committee. He relies on an ethanol industry lobbyist. He provides industry stats & facts about the benefits of using corn for ethanol in gasoline. The Congressman relies on the lobbyist for regular Florida fishing trips in January & March. As long as the congressperson delivers policies that benefit ethanol producers, the statistics & the fishing trips continue.
The more the congressman fights for ethanol the more the lobbyist talks him up with corn farmers. He’s their guy. Donations flow in not from the industry group but from individual farmers & equipment suppliers.
The SIG’s compensation never comes from the politician or the bureaucrat for whom he actually did the work or who got taken on the fishing trips. It comes as a not-in-kind ruling, good, service, land speculation information or a purchase order at a later date. A strict code of silence surrounds every iron triangle. These activities are usually systemic. Groups of politicians serving on the same board, panel or agency work together to each “Milk Tax Payers”. For this reason, members of such groups work hard to make sure that only those they can trust win elected offices associated in any way with theirs.