I don’t know how we will do it, and at 76 I don’t think I’ll see it. But we MUST get the public focused on what this nation’s problem really is: that corporations own our politicians and they don’t give a damn about unemployment or the middle class.
By Jack E. Lohman
Nothing else matters. Fix the corruption first, then we can move forward.
Nothing is going to change until we have public funding of campaigns. Politicians spend taxpayer dollars because they ARE PAID to spend taxpayer dollars, and robbing the SSI fund (as just one example) gives them the cash needed to attract campaign dollars. What is it about political bribes do we not understand?
Our problem is NOT government, and it is not R’s or D’s. It *IS* that government is owned (through payola) by the special interests that want in the taxpayer’s pockets.
CEOs want short-term profits to increase their already massive salaries, and are willing to share those profits with the politicians that make it all happen. Thus NAFTA and other laws are passed that enable outsourcing to countries with wage scales one-tenth ours. And our country crashes while China and India flourish.
As a former CEO my company would not have survived if I had an employee or board of directors who took money on the side and gave away company assets in return. Our country can’t survive this corruption either.
So nothing changes. We elect a new group of politicians and the Fat Cats simply re-direct their bribes as we continue down our spiral. Only a national revolution will get our attention, but then it’s too late. And all because our politicians refuse to stop the bribery they benefit from.
If politicians are going to be beholden to their funders, those funders should be the taxpayers. And at $5 per taxpayer per year it would be a bargain. Even at 100 times that. We MUST demand that our senators and representative pass the bill at: http://fairelectionsnow.org/about-bill