Voice of the people
Columnist does always know best
Columnist Mark Caserta is right: Our Republican form of government is being threatened by recent developments. But not for the reasons cited.
When politicians can be bought by big money; when lobbyists can use unsavory tactics to influence how legislators vote; when districts are gerrymandered to manipulate election outcomes — yes, our republic is threatened. The financial sector spends billions of dollars lobby ing in Washington (see Chrystia Freeland, “Plutocrats,” p.223). As Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz puts it: Financiers “helped to write a set of rules that allows them to do well, even in the crises that they help create” (The Price of Inequality, p.
61). He notes that the energy and natural resources industries spent more than $3.2 billion on lobbying in 2011 alone (p. 95).
If Caserta truly believes that government should reflect the will of the people, perhaps he should be grateful that our current president wants to use the limited executive powers granted by the Constitution to transcend Congressional gridlock and to facilitate the aspirations of the American people.
Why does Caserta perpetually patronize Herald-Dispatch readers with his insistence that he knows best?
Tax reductions issue a must for candidate
People often say that elections are about choices and in 2014, we have a very clear choice. We can continue going down a path of decline and economic decay or we can change the way we do business here in the Mountain State and bring new jobs and opportunity.
As we also see in Washington D.C., liberal Democrats here in West Virginia are trying to reach into the pockets of the working class and take out even more taxes. Most recently, Delegate Jim Morgan of Cabell County has proposed an increase in the state sales tax at a time it will hurt West Virginians the most. As a candidate for the House of Delegates, 16th District, I believe that all new taxes are bad, especially at a time like when people are struggling to make ends meet.
I believe that after 80 years of Democratic rule, it’s time we send a message to Charleston by electing conservatives who not only oppose tax increases, but support tax reductions. When elected, I will fight for the people and work to reduce taxes.
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