An interesting debate that doesn’t include taxpayers.
By Jack E. Lohman
I love it. The special interests that are giving money to the Republicans are battling it out with the special interests that give money to the Democrats, all to get a bigger piece of the spoils. And neither have to worry about public opinion because neither have to run for office. But they win every election because they remain in power.
It’s either Democrat pork or Republican pork, but it’s pork nonetheless. We can only hope that Governor Doyle spends our money with jobs and recovery in mind, not the lobbyists.
But when it’s all over the special interests will likely win; the taxpayers will not. Because the politician’s campaigns are funded by the special interests and not the taxpayers, but we’ve known that for years.
But eventually everybody loses, as today’s economy attests.
Look at health care. The only proposal not on the table is the best one, HR676 Medicare-for-all by Rep. John Conyers. That’s because it eliminates the biggest waste, the insurance bureaucracy, and they give hefty campaign contributions to both political parties.
Health care has obvious fixes: get the costly insurance bureaucracy out of the loop; implement a national database to reduce errors and duplicate testing; and increase oversight to eliminate overuse and fraud. There’s a chance the latter two will pass, but that’s because there are no vested interests. The 31% of insurance waste is well worth fighting for, for both sides of the issue.
Wouldn’t it be nice to know that this decision was instead being made in the best interest of the people rather than the industry? Though not favored by insurers, the business community should get behind HR676, as it benefits not only them but the economy as a whole.
So President Obama wants to tax the rich?
Yea, I wish I were one of them, but I’m not. I wish I had that problem. But if we want a true recovery it cannot be financed by the poor. They don’t have the money. And if we try it will get worse. The rich must sacrifice some of their wealth, especially the fat cats that got theirs through questionable means.
Sorry to rail on about political corruption on every issue, but in fact every taxpayer problem is caused by political corruption. So it has to be talked about, it isn’t going away. Politicians don’t make stupid decisions for free; they are paid to, and do, perform well.
Campaign cash must flow in order to distort laws, and if it didn’t work to the contributor’s benefit, cash wouldn’t be given. Good laws do not require cash to flow, only bad laws do.
State taxes spent on subsidies and tax breaks, rather than on schools and firemen and policemen, are just a few examples of the effects. It is a far bigger problem at the federal level. See more at www.WiCleanElections.org.