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Letter: Think about why

We’ve been told for decades now that government is the problem, it doesn’t work and it can’t help our lives. And guess what? After 40 years of electing people who believe that government doesn’t work, it isn’t working very well for most of us.

But it is working very well for the largest financial institutions, for fossil fuel companies, for agri-businesses, for firms that outsource jobs, and I’m sure you could add a few more to the list. Is that a coincidence?

When you want to bash your government, think about why it isn’t working for you.

Have you heard the name Lewis Powell? He was the author of a memorandum to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1971, in which he laid out a path to a country where corporations had enormous power. Sound familiar as you look around you today?

As we try to take back control of Congress from legislators who are indebted to, and dependent on, the largesse of big corporations, it’s well to understand how we got here. It wasn’t a mistake, it wasn’t chance, it wasn’t just the way capitalism has to work.

It was the result of years of quiet efforts and huge sums of money.

Now we must figure out if we can reverse it, or we will lose our democratic form of government, the one our founders envisioned when they wrote our Constitution.



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