Controlled by big business
By Dionne Jackson
May 02, 2006
I always find it interesting that both of our major political
parties claim to possess a monopoly on personal freedoms, regarding
Representative Kohring's references to a "government [which]
promotes freedom and stays out of people's lives instead of dictating
business..." Since I am not any part of the modern political
machine we commonly refer to as "business," I don't
see the taxation or regulation of business as any particular
infringement on my own personal freedoms. Instead, I am finding
it increasingly difficult to teach my seniors that we are a nation
whose republic is at all democratic. It seems less and less "of,
by or for the people" every year, as the influence and involvement
of the average citizen decreases and thatof big business continues
The average Joe is unable to afford health insurance, yet the
industry is able with extensive advertising campaigns to strike
fear in the heart of the average American by saying that universal
health care would tear down the entire system.
In a utopian society, pork barrel projects that smack of waste
would be replaced by the security of affordable and available
health care and education for all. In an ideal world, we would
be able to maintain our form of government and still be able
to make sure that everyone's basic needs would be covered. However,
we don't live in an ideal, utopian society, we live in a capitalist
society where members of both of our major parties are all but
controlled by big business interests. Yes, it sounds almost X-Files-esqe/government
conspiracy-ish to say, but even today, the Jim Taylors of "Mr.
Smith Goes to Washington" and the Mr. Potters of Capra's
"It's A Wonderful Life" are still very much alive and
Why not reduce the power of the oil or other business interests
and try to go back to some semblance of democracy rather than
the aristocracy we're slowly becoming? Why not tax them? After
all, regardless of all the political rhetoric and business-sponsored
propaganda's claims, when we give them tax breaks, there is no
trickle-down effect. You and I don't benefit. The fat cats just
get fatter. Let BP, Exxon, et al pay. What are they going to
do, just go away otherwise? Of course not, we've made a neglible
effort to transition to alternate energy sources; we are a nation
wholly dependant on oil until every last bit of it is drilled,
why not try to keep the programs to which we've become accustomed
as long as we can?
Sitka, AK - USA
About: Dionne Jackson (Dionne
Brady-Howard) was raised in Sitka her entire life, where she
currently participates in two of six local Tlingit dance groups.
She writes, "I am a "highly qualified" (in accordance
with No Child Left Behind) teacher of World Geography and American
Government at Alaska's only state-funded public boarding school.
I am married into Ketchikan's Jackson family."
Warning to Alaskans by Rep. Vic Kohring - AK - USA
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