Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"It’s time for middle class America to throw in the towel"

"While American democracy is imperfect, few outside the majority of this Court would have thought its flaws included a dearth of corporate money in politics.” In an age where voters are so readily influenced by advertising, media, and public opinion, it is clear we have sold our interest in this country to the bottomless coffers of the American corporation". Justice Stevens.

The Daily Collegian
By: CHRISTOPHER DUNAY | September 25, 2011
We empower corporations – by poorly educating our voters and allowing corporate interests to influence the way we vote – to dictate their expenses, their taxes, and their profits. Corporations, especially those in the energy sector, are the decisions makers; we’ve given them the keys and they’re not easily taken back.

This corporate hand festers in the halls of Congress, as well. We are deceived into believing “Starve the Beast” style economic policies are fiscally viable, policies that embolden the wealthiest of Americans and reduce citizen protections, all of which are deepening our federal debt and widening class divides.

So my friends, grab a white flag, hang it high and hang it proud. We are the middle-class. We concede.

Christopher Dunay is a Collegian columnist.