Money is root of prob­lems in our elec­tions

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

Doug Dea­son and the Koch broth­ers, rich donors for the Repub­li­cans, warned them this week that if tax re­form (big cuts for them) and re­peal of Oba­macare are not ac­com­plished, they would with­hold cam­paign fund­ing for 2018 of around $300 mil­lion to $400 mil­lion. This makes a mock­ery of the Supreme Court rul­ing in Cit­i­zens United in which the con­ser­va­tive jus­tices said it was free speech and could not be lim­ited. This is out and out bribery, not free speech.

We need a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to al­low Congress to pass laws to reg­u­late elec­tions or to com­pletely fund elec­tions by the govern­ment. Then we can get Congress to pass laws that ben­e­fit ev­ery­one and not just the rich and cor­po­ra­tions.

Very few Amer­i­cans sup­port the health care bill in the Se­nate but the donors want their big tax cut and will prob­a­bly get it passed. In polls 93 per­cent of Amer­i­cans wanted the men­tally hand­i­capped not to be able to pur­chase guns, but the NRA con­vinced Repub­li­cans not to sup­port it and it did not pass.

Our pol­i­tics will be cor­rupted un­til we get money out of pol­i­tics and change from a oli­garchy and re­turn Amer­ica to a democ­racy/repub­lic. LEE LEWIS Bella Vista

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