Comment by Vicki Sue Mckinnis
The Republican presidential debates are entertaining, but I remember that while Obama gave an excellent performance; once elected he was controlled by the same lobbyist/corporations/ bankers as previous presidents. If we could only find a way to have a candidate who wouldn’t have to sell his soul to the big corporation to win an election. John Huntsman is the candidate I would also like to see running against Obama, but see no hope of that happening.
The new proposed legislation to greatly increase the deforestation of Oregon is just one sickening example of the money oriented policy decision making you mention. Today on NPR they assured us that it would create jobs–as if anything that is good, even short term, for the economy is justified.
I’ve noticed an interesting change of attitude toward “entitlement programs” among those once affluent are now unemployed and losing their homes. Less government is a true principle, but when our government is controlled by corporations that create policies which destroy our local economies, do we to let the victims families that can’t find work starve out on the streets?
This week I sat in my fine home, eating a delicious lunch, watching a short video on the Wall Street protests, I cried. As Gerald Celente says, “When people lose everything and have nothing left to lose they lose it.” When the election process has failed, what is left? Nevertheless, I fear the protests will evolve into violence and don’t have faith they will actually accomplish anything.
I don’t know the answer; but the words of Thomas Jefferson ring loud and clear “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”