Saturday, April 16, 2011

Politicians serving corporations, not the people

Las Vegas Sun
by Fred Taylor


Zealous and militant politics that cater to one political party or another are slowly bleeding this country of its ability to make smart decisions for the majority.

Partisan politics is the agenda of Washington and the running of the government unfortunately comes in second. Republicans and Democrats use partisan politics to herd us into their voting blocs, counting the numbers and watching the polls.

Meanwhile, corporate lobbyists on both sides sit back and drool as the numbers go up for their favorite-flavored politician, whom they just can’t wait to fatten up. This is not government of the people, by the people, for the people. This is government of, by and for the corporations, profits and record CEO salaries.

The American people struggle with job losses, business failures, unemployment, foreclosures, bankruptcies and much more. And our congressional leaders have given more than $700 billion in bailouts to corporations and extended tax cuts for two years for the wealthiest of Americans. They’re telling us this is good for Middle America. Really?

We would also like our share; $2,000 per American citizen would amount to roughly $700 billion. And on the tax cuts? If someone’s profits are more than $1 million, good for him, but he doesn’t need a tax break.

It’s time we get back to government by the people, for the people and away from partisan politics that serve first and foremost corporate America and only considers middle-class America issues as an afterthought. My vote will no longer be a part of any bloc that politicians can use to serve their corporate interests. I’m taking the first step and proudly changing my party registration to nonpartisan.

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