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CONGRESS: Government is bought and paid for

Letter by MacKenzie Allen, Tacoma on Aug. 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm | 9 Comments »
August 1, 2011 2:46 pm

I’m old enough to remember when Republicans, though ideologically different from Democrats, actually cared about the well-being of America. And Democrats in those days were more concerned with doing good than with self-perpetuation. But that was when some semblance of civility in politics prevailed (Joe McCarthy notwithstanding).

Our government is bought and paid for, lock, stock and barrel, by special interests, none of which has any interest in the general public. Whether repugnant arch-conservatives such as the Koch brothers, extremist gun advocates or out-of-control labor unions, they all contribute to our downfall.

Nothing will change until we limit campaign funding, drastically limit campaign duration and limit access to government by lobbyists.

I remember, as a young man, having the concept of “lobbyist” explained to me as  “people paid to influence politicians.” It sounded like something we should be arresting them for.

I understand different groups have the right to express their concerns to elected officials. But it should be required that every request be done on video as part of the public record, totally and immediately accessible to the media and general public.

And I find it baffling that the debt extremists are champing at the bit to limit crucial health and safety programs but conveniently ignore the trillions squandered fighting two unfunded wars; one criminal (Iraq), the other horrendously foolhardy (Afghanistan). Where is their righteous indignation at the most obvious sources of our near-bankruptcy?

Or have they just found themselves a convenient hook to get elected?

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