As long as we have two factions — my money versus your money, and corrupt politicians willing to take from one side or the other to pad their own wealth — this corruption will continue. *ONLY* public funding of campaigns will fix it!
By Jack E. Lohman
Taxpayers are already funding the campaigns, at multiple times the cost than if we were to just eliminate the high payola-induced tax breaks, and needless corporate subsidies, and paid the discounted costs UP FRONT!!!
We’d pay these costs DIRECTLY, rather than via a bunch of costly middlemen, and we’d pay only for things the public needs, rather than for things THE SPECIAL INTERESTS WANT! Count on this: NOTHING happens without cash flowing, and good laws do not require payola.
Our country is being run by the corporations and their campaign bribes to politicians! Why do we voters allow it? Why don’t the politicians fix it?
Obviously because they like the system broken, as it enables the campaign bribes that keep them elected. And the CEOs can demand high and unjustified salaries, and kickbacks to the politicians result. Then CEOs write off their high salaries as an expense to the company, and the taxpayers pay again as the politicians get a piece of the take.
How are you liking it so far?
America is a TERRIBLE role model for the rest of the world.
But our politicians love it anyway. Why would the corruption in Ukraine and Egypt and everywhere else NOT mimic the US when we’re doing okay (yet still rank 24th on the global corruption scale? Not 1st, mind you…).
And all the while our conservative groups think the Lefties are bad, and the reverse for the Liberals and Righties, while the Fat Cat 1%er’s take them both to the cleaners. Distractions, overseen by our esteemed politicians who pocket a piece of the profits.
The 1%er’s are screwed too…
It’s called “backfire!” Or getting what you didn’t bargain for. I wouldn’t want to tolerate having to always look over my shoulder. Already 5-6 of the rich bankers have taken the quick way out… either jumping (or being pushed) off of tall buildings. Alternatively, they can take their money to a deserted island, where their only worry is pirates or corrupt security guards. Or (get this…) corrupt politicians who confiscate their wealth as being illegally obtained.
Now that I could be tickled with…
But I’d prefer not putting my family through that. They can get that in the U.S… without travel.
Where do we go from here?
I simply don’t know if OIL is best transported by pipeline or rail, or fracking is good for us or bad for us. But I’d guess that if our politicians had not been getting a piece of the action… in campaign bribes … we’d have known the answer decades ago.
And I keep hearing that war is very profitable, anyway for the defense manufacturers Lockheed and Bechtel. And the politicians who get a piece of the action via campaign bribes. But part of me says… let’s just bring our troops home, and NOT in body bags. And let’s spend our money on public schools and firefighters instead of drone strikes. As a one-time hawk I don’t like the killing any more. Our nation is better than that.
Be careful of what you ask for…
I have mixed emotions here. YES a $10.10 wage is needed, though I’d rather it be applied AFTER our esteemed politicians are removed from the payroll of the corporations. Campaign bribes WORK (!!) when you have crooks sitting in congress.
I do not want — 5 years from now — us asking why all the jobs are now in Asia. They are there because the politicians get a piece of the action. That corruption must stop or they must go to jail.
I want import tariffs, but with corrupt politicians that is not possible. But as well, Lefties, there is another reason Obama and crew want to limit guns… It’s called an “armed rebellion” which they’d like to prevent but is inevitable.