Tuesday, July 14, 2009

It's About Corporate Money

According to one poll after another, a majority of Americans not only want a public option in healthcare, they also think
• that growing inequality is bad for the country,
• that corporations have too much power over policy,
• that money in politics is the root of all evil, and
• that working families and poor communities need and deserve public support when the market fails to generate shared prosperity.

But when insiders in Washington finish tearing worthy intentions apart, devouring flesh from bone, none of these reforms happen. Oh, they say it’s all about compromise, all in the nature of the give-and-take of representative democracy. That, people, is bull, the basic nutrient of Washington’s high and mighty.

It’s not about compromise. It’s not about what the public wants. It’s about money, the golden ticket to the “select few who actually get it done.” And nothing will change – nothing – until the money lenders are thrown out of the temple and we tear down the sign that they placed on government – the one that says, “For Sale.”

Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers Journal, July 10, 2009

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