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Voice of the people

Aug. 10, 2012 @ 11:17 PM

Big Money has far too much control

We Americas are daily flooded with instances of Big Money influencing our election process. All my life I've heard that you get the government you deserve, but I cannot believe we've been so evil as to merit the riff-raff now housed in Congress. You have but to get on your computer to find the massive amount of cash given by special interest groups to insure the election of willing candidates.

As a Democrat it is especially galling that Governor Tomblin, Senator Manchin and Congressman Rahall have chosen to absent themselves from the National Democratic Convention in Miami. Their excuse is their disapproval of President Obama allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to force their Big Coal contributors to follow guidelines which will protect the common man from conditions hazardous to their health. Also if you're ever flying over West Virginia, glance out the window at the strip mines; it looks like Germany after our bombing during World War II.

Wouldn't it be nice if congressmen would have a two-term limit like the president? No longer would we see entrenched politicians establishing dynasties lasting decades in Washington. Perhaps then we could have elected officials whose primary concern would be the welfare of the people.

Another fly in the ointment is the unlimited funds from special interest groups. Why not finance elections from tax moneys, the amount given determined by the office being sought, and God help you if you are found with one cent more?

To bring about these two suggestions would require legislation passed by both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, and you can bet your bottom dollar they won't enact anything which would destroy the sweet setup they now enjoy in our nation's Capitol.

Oh well, at 72 I can dream, can't I?

John Wesley Ray

Huntington

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