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Money: Wrong Hands? Not Funny by grassroothawaii
September 8, 2010, 8:56 am
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By Richard Rowland

There is a mantra that is repeated over and over in the media that we need to get big money out of politics. Why? Because the big money is able to buy votes and thereby buy elected officials. These references to “big money groups” are used almost interchangeably with “special interest groups”. Both are commonly viewed as bad.

But wait— stop and think; what is a special interest group? My dictionary says “a body of persons, a corporation, or an industry that seeks or receives benefits or privileged treatment, especially through legislation”

What body of persons receives the most privileges and benefits from legislation? Is the legislation buying votes? Well, in a word, yes. Gosh, I think it is the elected officials who, of course, control the legislation that buys votes. They have big offices, big budgets and special treatment of all kinds. We are even advised to address them as “honorable”. Doesn’t  that make them a special interest group?

Now to look at the big money. Who has the most of that? Or, to put another way, is there any company or group that has more money than the government? The honorables that legislate and administer can decide to take money from you by force or threat of force—- the common term is “tax”. At the federal level they can even create money via a printing device that belongs to the government.

So, what is the most powerful special interest/big money group? Quite obviously, the government.

With that in mind, where should we start if we wish to eliminate the influence of special interests and big money?

The answer is not funny, but it is reality.


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