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ELECTION: I will cast vote for the common good

Letter by Linda Frank, Tacoma on Oct. 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm with No Comments »
October 22, 2012 2:22 pm

This is a tough election for me, since both major parties have failed ordinary Americans by too often serving the wealthy, privileged and powerful special interests, at average Americans’ expense.

In many cases, this is due to our deeply flawed election system that requires Congress to spend a significant portion of time and favor currying campaign funds instead of serving the common good. So until we get the special interest/foreign government/multinational corporate money out of our elections, Americans will continue to suffer America as a corporatocracy rather than a democracy.

And since recent Republican Party extremism compounds the problem, I can no longer vote for any Republican.

I am about as fiscally conservative as they come, but I was a raised an Eisenhower Republican – which was about serving the common good and investing in civil society, not overbloating the military industrial complex, as Dwight Eisenhower so eloquently warned about in his Iron Cross speech.

These new Republicans aim to cut or privatize programs for all but those who don’t need support. They blocked jobs bills, including one for veterans, because GOP leadership said their sole goal was to deny Barack Obama re-election.

They pushed through the $5 billion renewal of oil industry subsidies and rejected Wall Street reform bills. They want to privatize Medicare, which will raise costs (and profits for the rich), while reducing care.

Since it is almost exclusively Democrats in D.C. and Olympia who support getting money out of elections, they’ll get my vote this year. For the common good.

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