The Common Good
September/October 2011

Bought Government?

by Russ Records | September/October 2011

Re: Elizabeth Palmberg's "The Safety Net Frays" (July 2011): I don't believe that we, as citizens, have any voice in these issues any more. According to an article published last October, "more than half of the [Senate's] membership, 54 lawmakers, reported a minimum net worth of more than $1 million." I don't think a millionaire has any inkling of what happens on Main Street and those who live on it. With the Supreme Court decision allowing corporations to contribute to political parties without limit, it became apparent that they are setting the agenda. Even though I have 45 years of paycheck stubs that said I paid into Medicare (and Social Security), that does not seem to matter. I am entitled to those benefits because I paid for them.

Russ Records
Las Cruces, New Mexico

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