Time for change in Amer­ica

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

FROM: JU­LIA BIEDENBACK COLORA

Dear reader, I want you to think about our fed­eral govern­ment for a mo­ment. I want you to pic­ture Congress and the few hundred men and women that de­cide our fate. Go on, I’ll wait.

Do you feel an­gry? Dis­gusted? You should. For the past 20 years, the work­ing class has seen their pay­checks have less and less pur­chas­ing power. Congress has not raised the fed­eral min­i­mum wage since 2007, while giv­ing cor­po­ra­tions’ tax breaks and huge sub­si­dies and pass­ing laws that al­low them to ship our jobs off to Mex­ico and Asia. Sup­pos­edly free trade keep prices low, but how well has that worked? Au­to­mo­biles cer­tainly don’t cost any less. Elec­tron­ics cer­tainly don’t cost any less (peo­ple are pay­ing how much for an iPhone?)

So, if man­u­fac­tur­ing costs have gone down and prices have gone up, where is the dif­fer­ence? Profit. It’s in the pock­ets of the al­ready re­pug­nantly wealthy. They get tax breaks while we can barely get lunch breaks. They get sub­si­dized while we get down­sized. They get trade deals while we get the raw deal.

Why would Congress put into ef­fect so many laws that bla­tantly fa­vor cor­po­rate Amer­ica? I won­der, could it have some­thing to do with the mil­lions of dol­lars in cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions bol­ster­ing their ca­reers? The cor­rup­tion must cease. No more tax­a­tion with­out rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

We need to end cor­po­rate greed through govern­ment reg­u­la­tion and we can’t do that un­til we get big money out of pol­i­tics. That means no bil­lion­aires and no­body sup­ported by them. That means a move­ment of the peo­ple, by the peo­ple, for the peo­ple. That means Bernie San­ders.

Not sold? Good. I don’t want you to be­lieve every­thing you read in a news­pa­per. Do your due dili­gence, do you re­search, make your own de­ci­sion, come to your own con­clu­sions. And what­ever you do, vote!

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