Rep. Gordon gives your money to hi-tech and energy industries, then gets hired by them 

Rep. Bart Gordon, a Tennessee Democrat, chaired the Science Subcommittee of the House Commerce Committee. He helped pass the COMPETE Act and the 2007 Energy Bill, both of which were loaded up with subsidies for hi-tech industries. Today he got hired by a lobbying firm that represents the hi-tech and energy sectors.

Here are some excerpts from the announcement:

With a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the legislative and regulatory process, he will advise clients on a wide range of matters. Among his areas of emphasis will be innovation and technology-related issues, including clean technology, nanotechnology, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and nuclear energy....
 
During his distinguished congressional career, Gordon developed a reputation as the undisputed leader in innovation policy in the U.S. Congress, helping usher through Congress a number of key technology-related bills. In 2007, he championed the America COMPETES Act, signed into law by President Bush, which promotes federal investments in innovation in order to make the U.S. more competitive. That landmark legislation created ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy)....
 
Gordon was one of Capitol Hill’s strongest advocates for nanotechnology, repeatedly calling for the U.S. to remain the global leader. He played a key role in developing and passing the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act....

he led the effort to enact the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which increased mileage standards, improved vehicle technology, promoted alternative energy research, and improved energy efficiency in a variety of ways.....

Again, what do you think are the incentives for a Congressman when it comes to regulating and subsidizing business on one hand, or advancing laissez-faire policy on the other?

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