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If It's Legal Is It Still A Bribe

by ranfuchs (writer), CT, USA, March 26, 2013

Credit: Weston Forum
Pay first, then ask for policy change

Donation to politician, a normal practice in the USA, is unacceptable in most civilized countries. Can the USA afford to continue with this practice?

I like our local paper. Mostly it’s harmless; sometimes it’s funny; but occasionally it captures things just the way they are. This was the case last week.

Whether it was carelessness, a blunt political statement, or a dark sense of humor that made the editor put the two articles side by side, the result is sinister: those who give money get regulation bent in their favor. This is true in our local town, in the state, and no doubt in Washington. There it is much worse.

While it might seem natural to those educated in a system whose education policy makers will not dare upset those whose money help them become policy makers in the first place, in most countries this behavior is unlawful. In China it warrants the capital punishment.

There are many moral and sociological reasons why the rich should not be allowed to bend laws in their favor – at least not bluntly and directly. This is an unstoppable slope that leads to a society where the rich are above the law and the poor are slaves – a typical third world country.

As we have seen here in recent years, once a law favors a group, it become easier for group to ensure that future laws will favor them as well, making them richer and even more powerful in their ability to have laws bent in their favor. The number of rich decreases, yet they become more powerful. The poor become poorer, their numbers increase but they are stripped of power. Haven’t we seen it here already?

This was Europe in the 1700s, the place that the father of America escaped from to build a better society. It took 300 years, but now, at last, it seems that the ills of 1700 Europe are catching up. With eyes wide shut we are stepping towards what we escaped from. Will it be too late when we wake up?



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5 comments on If It's Legal Is It Still A Bribe

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By Credo on March 27, 2013 at 08:39 am

Newspapers like any other media rarely deliver reality news, generally they present the cover story, a twisted version of the truth.

Good article!

Credo

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By ranfuchs on March 27, 2013 at 11:18 am

Credo, so if not newspapers, where do you get your information about the world?

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By John Nelson on April 01, 2013 at 05:39 pm

Sadly, money buys influence and our Supreme Court just passed Citizens United which means we are now powerless to control or reform the corruption in our government. Influence buying is now protected speech! Look at the justices who voted on this decision, then look at the political party that put them on the bench and vote accordingly in the future.

Here's a great (short) video worth looking at. You'll see how our society really is.

http://mashable.com/2013/03/02/wealth-inequality/

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By ranfuchs on April 01, 2013 at 09:32 pm

@John, it's amazing how skewed the view of American of what the situation is (well not so amazing if you think about the dollars that go to make us believe in these lies)

In total I pay more income tax here as I paid in the UK or Australia, and still we hear day and night that we are lucky that we do not pay as much tax as in these 'socialist countries'

The upward mobility, which America had proud itself for decades, had been deteriorating since the 80s and is now worse than most of European countries

The public education and the medical system are worse than any of the other six countries I have lived in, and although I pay 10 times more in medical insurance, my medical care and medicine is still higher than in any other country I lived in.

The income gap is back to pre-great depression, which has not happened in any other first-world country happened only in the UK.

and this is just the beginning of the list.

As long as money dictates politics, the rich will only get more. They will turn this country into a third world country, and justify it by saying that this is how capitalism work. But the truth is that this is not capitalism, this is simple robbery of the population, the same that led to the French revolution and many others.

But unless the American people stop believing in what they are fed, and start standing for their rights, they get what they deserve, and must not complain.

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By Credo on April 17, 2013 at 01:45 am

Researching the news yields far more valuable information than the conventional media controlled news will generally allow. Although I don’t discourage anyone from examining the conventional news media I try to indulge my attention in a more venturesome area. The internet connects you to other countries making available to you pen pals, and foreign folks who are most eager to grant you accurate news. If you are into Ham amateur radio CW code you can also connect around the world for public information, weather, politics, war and so fourth. With a pen pal they will mail you letters, pictures, tapes and books to verify news and developing information.

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