Money, power, corruption and influence in politics
March 22, 2013
In response to Mr. Thomas Streicher, Ph.D., and his March 13 article, “Looting the American Dream,” I would like to add a few comments. I agree with almost everything Mr. Streicher says in his article, though I think it needs a little more depth.
When I think about the word “corrupt,” I picture more than one party involved. Mr. Streicher is correct in mentioning one party to this corruption but is missing the other party. Corporations do buy politicians. But the reason they buy politicians is that the politicians have something to sell. That something to sell is “power.” Some politicians have the power to hand over billions of dollars to well-connected people who make major “campaign” contributions to the politicians. The politicians also have the “power” to make laws that impact the corporations positively or negatively, and the corporations will pay lots of money to influence these politicians.
William Pitt, Prime Minister of Britain, 1766 to 1778, said: “Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.”
In 1887 Lord Acton said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Corporations do buy politicians. But the reason they buy politicians is that the politicians have something to sell. That something to sell is “power.”
Our government has done a fantastic job of dividing and conquering us. If both sides could get together, we could end this corruption. Mr. Streicher needs to understand that to get rid of the corruption, we need to get rid of the “power” that gives rise to the corruption. For instance, a billionaire CEO who owns a number of “green” energy companies gave around $400,000 dollars to politicians and received almost $1 billion in return. This is a fantastic return on investment. Why would a smart businessman not take advantage of a “return on investment” like this?
This is why the Constitution was written as it was. Its purpose was to limit the power of the government. Per the Constitution, the power to hand over billions of dollars to well-connected people and hundreds of billions of dollars in bailouts is not allowed. An example of a great place to start turning this around would be to eliminate the Department of Energy.
Allan Krosner lives in Nevada City.