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Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 12:29 am, Sat May 3, 2014.

U.S. must stop money from destroying democracy

We need a constitutional amendment to rectify the runaway political power of the wealthy and corporations destroying our democracy.

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5 comments:

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:17 am on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    Laura Sanchez, I'm one of the millions of people who had to get a new health insurance plan during Obamacare's first enrollment period. Unfortunately, the health insurance plan that I liked and that Obama promised I could keep was cancelled because of Obamacare. Under Obama's new regulations, the cheapest plan I could get was 27% more expensive, with twice the deductible and higher co-pays than my old plan. Plus I lost my comprehensive dental coverage.

     
  • Peter Neal posted at 1:15 pm on Sat, May 3, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 286

    Although it may differ from some mainstream Republican thinking- (I am much more conservative/libertarian anyway), I agree with you. Term limits for ALL elected politicians at Federal, State and local levels, as well as the appointed justices on the Supreme Court , are long overdue. Big money has no "business" in our Republic. I'm all for campaign finance reform- get it done.

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 11:34 am on Sat, May 3, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 567

    The Supreme Court life-term appointments also needs re-thinking. They have now come to be under the influence of big-money and religious zealots (Clarence Thomas' wife, for example); helping to carry out social agendas crafted by wealthy heartless-bassturds and fundamentalist cults.

     
  • Peter Neal posted at 8:20 am on Sat, May 3, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 286

    Ms Sanchez, a third of your enrollees have not paid the first month's premium. Millions more were forced into Obama care because their existing policies were cancelled, even though most were happy with those policies. Many of those people will no longer be able to see the doctors they were familiar with, despite Obama's repeated promises to the contrary. Yet more millions are in Obama care due to an expansion of Medicaid- they are getting heavily subsidized health care paid for by taxpayers. Calling it a "cost to the government" is a typical left wing fallacy. It is a cost to taxpayers. The long term "success" and "cost" of Obama care will not become apparent for a few more years. I have friends in England who detest their "free" health care system (premiums are deducted from paychecks) and they have told me; get ready- your health care system is about to go in the toilet.

     
  • Mary Vermillion posted at 6:45 am on Sat, May 3, 2014.

    melvee42 Posts: 3

    Re the letter from Carol Smock: She's absolutely correct that our Founders didn't envision a plutocracy. They had in mind a citizen legislature, the members of which served a term of office and went home. Our problem now is the self-anointed aristocracy that Congress and our state legislatures have become, peopled by those whose primary and only inviolable principle is re-election.

    If we as voters would adopt an inviolable principle that limited the terms of office of our elected representatives, kicking out incumbents on a regular basis, the re-election impetus would go away and with it the outsize influence of money in our politics.

    Let's face it -- corporations, unions, and the very wealthy have the influence they do because we have career politicians who are always on the lookout for donations in aid of their next campaign. Perhaps the best way to solve the problem is a constitutional amendment that limits the terms in office of those in Congress.

     

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