falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6275 posts, RR: 30 Posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2881 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, 3343 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2845 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 (2 years 5 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2738 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, 30015 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2713 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, 378 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2517 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.
WestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1966 posts, RR: 10
Reply 25, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2551 times:
Very interesting topic! But I'm not sure what you mean by "belong". I associate with several special interest groups, but none that I support financially...unless you count the Canadian Automotive Association? :P
Quoting falstaff (Thread starter): 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 know of any particular cases down in the US, but in Canada there have actually been court challenges about this relating to section 2(d) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the "freedom of association" (or in some cases, the freedom not to associate). It has even gone before the Supreme Court!
Revelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 13656 posts, RR: 25
Reply 27, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2488 times:
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 13): I'm part of the "Stop Designing Two (Under-Wing) Engine Jets" special interest group. This group militates for airplanes not to all look the same in our skies.
I consider myself to be a member of a.net's Enginistas special interest group. We like to think about what happens when the temperature and pressure goes up then the inevitable explosion happens. Our spiritual leader is Lightsaber, with several other luminaries leading the way. Unlike certain a.net members, our main goal is to make sure we pull out on time!
Seriously, the only groups I consider myself to be a member of is my church and a few flying organizations. I do volunteer at the local soup kitchen and shelter from time to time, but I'm now stepping back from most large charities, given the way they nag you for years even if/when you make a single donation. I wrote a check to a large charity over a decade ago and they still send me mail several times a year, which I imagine costs them more than the check I wrote years ago.
Speaking of which - congratulations! I heard Michigan, of all places, finally passed a right to work law and so being a "part of a special interest group" will no longer be a condition for employment,
Quoting Revelation (Reply 27):
I consider myself to be a member of a.net's Enginistas special interest group. We like to think about what happens when the temperature and pressure goes up then the inevitable explosion happens. Our spiritual leader is Lightsaber,
Amen, Brother! Praise the Lord.
As for me, I did give some money to the Heritage Foundation this year, but mostly because I also had to give some money to non-profits on behalf of a few other people alongside (long story) and I knew that it being the Heritage Foundation would piss them off (plus, would like to have that as a deduction if I ever get audited by the IRS). I still like the work they do on the Index of Economic Freedom, but they piss me off on a lot of other regards so will probably stop this year.
Read this very carefully, I shall write this only once!