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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 14:11

Wealthy interests dominate politics

Written by  Staff Writer

To the editor,
How many billionaires were there in the United States in 1956? The answer to this question is zero. Even the wealthiest man at the time, Paul Getty, wasn’t a billionaire. How many billionaires are there today in this country? There are 565 billionaires in the United States today.

What has led to this transfer of immense wealth into the hands of a few people? The change can be attributed to the domination of the political process by the wealthy.

During President Dwight Eisenhower’s time, income over $400,000 was taxed at a rate of 92 percent. The wealthy had no incentive to accumulate wealth and plowed “excess wealth” back into the company and the community. The middle class grew and the income gap between the CEOs and the workers was small.

In 1971 a brilliant battle plan was developed by Lewis Powell to have the conservative business interests reclaim American politics. The wealthy began pouring millions of dollars in the educational and political systems of this country.

In 2016, the Kochs’ private network of political groups had a bigger payroll than the Republican National Committee and had 1,600 paid staffers. The Supreme Court ruled that “money was free speech.” It also ruled that corporations were people. These rulings allowed billions of dollars of corporate money to flow into the political process.

We must amend the Constitution to prevent this big-money influence. Until this happens, you, the little guy, will end up paying most of the taxes and losing your share of the American Dream.

Steven J. Doelder
Genoa City

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