Letters to the Editor

Money, politics

August 19, 2009


To the editor:

In his column headlined “Lift the legislative fog” (Journal-World, Aug. 12), Mike Hoeflich offers little light to cut through the political haze. Hoeflich quotes an unnamed senator who says he will not attend “unscripted” events if he is to be subjected to heckling and rowdy crowds. Hoeflich goes on to defend the heckling and “orchestrated dissent” as “the very essence of the American political tradition.”

Nothing could be further from the truth. The rowdy crowds in health care meetings are intent on shouting down the politicians and shutting down debate. That is the essence of demagoguery, not democracy.

Inexplicably, Hoeflich then wishes politics could be conducted with more civility. Huh? Pick a position and stick to it. Next, Hoeflich says what this country needs is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan group that could provide unbiased analysis of legislation. But there already are many of them. Center for Science in the Public Interest, Public Citizen, The Pew Research Center and Common Cause, to name a few.

The real problem is many Americans are too busy with celebrity idolatry, texting and twittering to check out what hard-working groups like these are telling us about our Congress.

Finally, Hoeflich laments the “fog of politics” that has settled over Washington. It’s been there for many decades. Until we take the corporate money out of political campaigns, that fog serves to obscure the true motivation of our legislators: serving the corporations which pay for them to be elected.


Left_handed 8 years, 7 months ago

Center for Science in the Public Interest is unbiased? Hardy har har.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 7 months ago

Is protecting the most expensive medical insurance in the world good for business? No it is anti business and anti new jobs and industry

Is protecting the most expensive medical insurance in the world good for keeping the cost of of just about everything we buy in reasonable check? Absolutely not it increases our cost of living across the board just like high dollar gasoline.

Did we elect people to office to protect the most expensive medical insurance in the world from a more reasonable and fiscally responsible insurance program? No way jose' That is corrupt.

Did we send elected officials to Washington to accept special interest campaign money from the most expensive medical insurance program in the world? Heck NO that increases the cost of insurance!

So it seems the loudest voices against Smart Medicare Insurance for All are those who are profiting from the misfortune of others.

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