What happened in the state Capitol last week goes down in state history as a dark hour. Three Democratic state senators, Jim Kastama, Tim Sheldon and Rodney Tom, joined the Republicans in attempt to further slash the draconian budget. Rather than taxing the wealthy, who pay the lowest taxes in history, politicians gut human services to the disabled and the poor.
Somehow helping those in need is a deplorable moral concern to the 1 percent. The question is: Will the people let the Legislators get away with using our tax dollars to feed the insatiable corporate giants?
In Colorado Springs recently, the town was up in arms about a budget “deficit.” The response was to abolish municipal jobs, which had decent salaries and benefits, and privatize the work. Now people are hired at greatly reduced salaries, without health care or pensions. Is this what we want here?
This is at the heart of what is broken in the political system: greed, and an insatiable addiction to power. Huge corporations are running the government, and they are not human beings, although the U.S. Supreme Court majority thinks so.
Several Tacoma groups join with us to encourage municipal governments to create resolutions to Congress to abolish corporate “personhood” and restore human rights. This a nonpartisan issue. Independents, Republicans and Democrats agree that corporations should have no role in buying an election.