falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6421 posts, RR: 29 Posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3443 times:
With the incident in Connecticut and some unrelated political events here in Michigan I have been hearing a lot about "Special Interest Groups" lately. I hear people on both sides of the political aisle claiming they want to fight a special interest group, but they do it with another special interest group. Some people don't even realize that they belong to a special interest group. Sometimes at work I will hear a fellow union member say "we need to eliminate special interest groups because they influence politicians" I will usually say something like "so I guess we need to disband the union". They get all worked up because they don't think of the union as a special interest group, because they agree with its politics. I don't want to get into a discussion about what you think of a particular special interest group; I just want to know which one(s) you belong to. People like to knock "special interests" but they tend to be made of regular people, industries or businesses groups who want their opinions heard.
The special interest groups I belong to;
National Rifle Association; Endowment member
National Education Association
Michigan Education Association
Southeast Michigan Automotive Teachers Association
American Automobile Club
I used to belong to the Service Technicians Society, but that folded up around 10 years ago.
zrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3516 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3407 times:
I don't like the term "special interest group." Makes it sound like there are secret agendas. That said, I belong to/ financially support many organizations:
Association of Reform Zionists of America
Gay and Lesbian Center
Central Conference of American Rabbis
KPCC (Local Public Radio)
Union for Reform Judaism
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
I used to live right down the street from you on Sierra Bonita between Colorado bl. and Walnut st.
Just a 1 minute walk from the Jiffy Lube at the corner.
Another A.net member used to broadcast there back in the late 1970s.
I don't belong to any special interest groups at the moment but I do support a small handful.
PacNWJet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3300 times:
Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 6): It seems that "special interest" is code for any interest that isn't that particular person's.
In the scholarly literature in political science it is not very common to see the term "special interest group." The term used most often is "interest group." They exist all over the world. Every country aside from the most totalitarian countries have interest groups. They are a regular feature of all democracies. The term "special interest group" seems to be an expression unique to the United States where it typically is used either by those individuals who are not aware that the generic term "interest group" is the standard phrase used by people who practice or study politics, or by those individuals whose goal is to smear those interest groups with which they disagree ("My interest group benefits everyone. Your special interest group benefits only a small group of people.")
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30404 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3275 times:
I thibk there are several definitions of special interest groups. I am going to define them as grouos that have a significanr political lobbying effort in them.
Well i have a life membership in Alaska Flyfishers the local flyfishing club.
I think my membership in the Alaska Airmans Association also go me one with AOPA
And after about fifteen years i just got a new membership in the National Rifle Association. Yes it is a result of what happened in Conneticut.
I will say the AOPA and NRA have excellent magazines, well worth the dues!
OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
I forgot to mention that I am a card-carrying member of the Flat-Earth Society.
No, we are not
Care to help with a small donation of just $69.99? Please send it to my address: PO Box 419, Lagos, Nigeria. We will send you a miniature kit of our best designs so far.
Well, the Earth is basically flat, at any point, locally.
Quoting n229nw (Reply 18): You guys need a better acronym. One that has its letters in the same order as the words they stand for. Otherwise, you might also be a member of DAM (Mothers against dyslexia)...
Damn! Is that why we don't get more new members? Gotta change that!
I am an honorary member of MAD. Every time I deal with the TSA...
76794p From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3079 times:
NRA- Just renewed for three years
CCA- Coastal Conservation Association, they and Texas parks and wildlife, brought back the redfish in the gulf coast, after a certain cajun chef, who shall remain nameless, almost single handedly wiped them out. He made a seasoning that gave the same addictive properties as crack, he made them taste really freakin good.