Letter: Money corrupting political process

February 9, 2014 

In January 2010, the Supreme Court unleashed a flood of money into our political system with its Citizen United decision. The most wealthy individuals quickly took advantage of the chance to "buy votes." Since the top 1 percent in the United States own 40 percent of the wealth (an estimated $54 trillion in 2009), the balance of power in the political arena shifted out of the hands of the 99 percent into the pockets of corporate fat cats. It became fashionable to restrict voter registration, eliminate polling stations and suppress the ability of minorities, elderly and lower income workers to protect their living standard from being privatized or devalued.

Although a wide income differential exists between CEOs and workers, pressure to raise the minimum wage and implement affordable health care is a positive outcome to reverse this trend. However, when the majority suffers and voters get the shaft, issues get lost in phony rhetoric, and the cycle repeats itself so we must appeal to special political action groups beyond our control. Without economic power, "main-streeters" only have strength in numbers.

Contact Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray or Rep. Doc Hastings to demand they end "the legalized bribery" that pervades our political process.

RICHARD GRASSL

Pasco

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