21 January, 2010 Will Reverberate
I am really worried about all the corporate influence on elected government officials. It has been getting worse and worse over the years. I have read that, just for the health care issue, their are six lobbyists for each individual congressman. Lobbyists for Insurance companys, Lobbyists for Pharmaceutical companys. On and On. The companies have the money to make their wishes come true and their desires are not for the the well being of American citizens. Their desire is simple, more money and more power.
But what really bothers me now, is the recent Supreme Court decision to allow corporatons to pour all the money they want into state and local elections. Not only will they be putting their money into the candidates they like but also into attacking those that threaten their power. This has gone on before but their were limits. Now those limits are gone. Corporations have billions of dollars and it is worth their while to invest it in 'friendly politicians'.
And if you are an elected politician, you don't dare suggest that your constituents deserve clean water for example, because the corporation that owns the mill upstream has more money than your whole effing county! You speak up for those people and your toast. Political Suicide as they say. It is going to get ugly and it disturbs me to no end.
"It has now become almost impossible to argue anymore that ours is anything but a sham democracy, with sham democratic rituals meant – along with WWE wrestling matches and state-run lotteries – to distract us from the real story. And that story is the use of the American polity for no other purpose than the redistribution of wealth from the bottom and the middle to the top." ~David M. Green