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Sat, Feb. 29

Letter: Corruption taints free enterprise


Buz William's column on the Tea Party generated a lot of comments. The Tea party, Buz, Mr. Bird and Mr. Stevens all describe "freedom" as an important value, but fail to address that the candidates that they support are in the pocket of the corporations and the wealthy that spend unlimited amounts of money, anonymously, including foreign-owned corporations, on negative campaigning that corrupt another valued institution of the Tea Party, "free enterprise."

For example, Monsanto was able to get legislation passed in Congress that distorts the free market. The legislation was even dubbed the "Monsanto defense bill." Numerous other big corporations have gotten unfair advantages through their spending. And our votes are compromised by the overwhelming power of that campaign spending. Now, the freedom of our elections have been affected. The Tea Party fears the tyranny of "Big Government" but say and do nothing about "Big Corporate" power. The Tea Party values "returning to the Constitution." Nowhere does the Constitution say that corporations are people or that money is speech. But the Supreme Court over years has misinterpreted the Constitution in this way.

We need an amendment to the Constitution to address these threats to our freedom. One that makes clear that corporations and unions are not people and do not have the rights of people and money is not protected speech. Then we can have sensible campaign finance laws, true free enterprise and congress, and our elected officials will be beholden to the voters, as in our Constitution, before it was distorted by the Supreme Court.

David Fero


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