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Corporations are taking control

Published: Thu, June 24, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

Corporations are taking control

In my life time there has never been a greater threat to democratic freedom and representative government than allowing corporations unfettered rights to influence elections with money. While we kept our eyes on the threat of Communism subverting our way of life, unbridled capitalism sneaked in the back door.

People my age, look around: is this what you wanted your country to look like back in the 1950s? Corporations that cheat people out of their money without consequence. Corporations that move their plants overseas for cheaper labor, without any regard for the people who depend on them for their livelihood and are given tax breaks for doing it. Corporations that destroy our country and kill us with poisons without consequence.

The America we knew in the ’50s is no more. The promise that was to be our future has turned into a nightmare of corporate greed. A dwindling middle class. A disparity between haves and have-nots greater than at anytime in our history. And a government that puts the peoples’ needs second to the wants of the corporations.

Now the court has given corporations the rights to spend as much to influence elections as it wants, even if they are not American. This is a right that you cannot take advantage of, unless you also have the money. So we end with rule by the rich for the rich.

Is that what you wanted?

Paul D Shanabarger, New Springfield


1cambridge(3263 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Paul....Unfortunately you don't have to look any further than the posts on this board to find the people that are getting screwed over cheering these corporations on.

The law that lets unlimited contributions will guarantee that special interest will have a stronger grip on our elections and our representatives.

Recently Meg Whitman won the Republican primary for Governor of California. She spent 81 million dollars to win the PRIMARY. You can believe she will spend as much or more in the general election in November.

A new law also is effect that California will now have open primaries. That means that the top two vote getter's in the primaries will run in the general election. The guy Whitman beat in the primary spent 27 million. In an open election the two people spending that much money will probably win every time.

It's a sad situation.

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2jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Evidently Paul D doesn't know of the $100 million the unions spent to get Obama elected along with the time & effort expended by the late ACORN outfit.

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3Springman(235 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Amend the Constitution to recognize that money is not speech.

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4howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

I want election reform, no contributions from corporations, no contributions from unions, no contributions from PAC's, no contributions from non-profits. The only legitimate contributions are from individual citizens of voting age limited to $2500 per campaign, and $1000 to the Party of choice.

Ideally elections would be 100% public funded and equally doled out to all candidates regardless of party affiliation.

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5PXGhost(51 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm likely to disagree with the majority opinion of the comments on this story.

Businesses, which provide jobs for us, are afflicted by law passed by politicians just as much, if not more so, than individuals. They most certainly should have 'some' influence into who gets elected.

I would agree, however, that limitations 'should' be put in place on ALL contributors.

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6howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

USA1 under my public funded option the costs of the campaigns would be significantly reduced, since the state and or federal government would get free airtime on both radio and television since the airwaves are the property of the citizens of the USA.

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