Representing capital

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Proof that government represents the interests of capital and capitalists, rather than working people, is the 2010 Citizens United decision that allows independent political election spending to buy broadcast ads to promote or oppose candidates without the advice of candidates or political parties. And one percent of Americans have 95 percent of the wealth. Unions do not compete. Let’s seek a constitutional amendment to overthrow Citizens United.

A new Supreme Court case, filed by Shaun McCutcheon seeks to permit unlimited, direct contributions to candidates and political parties.

If the court strikes down the individual contribution limit, a person could donate up to 70 times the median household income to one party’s candidates.

In the government shutdown, our government also represented capital interests rather than working people. Those making more than $400,000 are not paycheck dependent. People who work paycheck to paycheck suffer in the shutdown.

The shutdown aimed to overthrow three types of health care: Affordable Care Act; Medicaid for working poor/unemployed; and Medicare. Conservatives prefer reinstalling 10-year tax cuts for the wealthiest.

Recover representative government for majority. Outlaw the NSA. Abolish Citizens United with a constitutional amendment.

Bernice Russell

Crystal Lake

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