October 22, 2018. It has occurred to me that more than half of our Congress people belong to a special interest group, the rich. It should be no surprise that our country is run to benefit the rich, we allow them to run the country. No millionaire should be allowed to participate in making any law that has an effect on rich people. That would be a clear conflict of interest.
I am am beginning to think that our legal system needs to be rebuilt. Many, if not most of our laws are seriously flawed. They were made by people who made money based on the law. Conflict of interest needs to become very important to us. This is a concept that may have already destroyed our country. We are supposed to be a country of, by, and for the people, not the rich. I know for a fact that many of the rich in this country are people who worked hard and invested wisely. It should not be difficult to become rich here. The rich should not be penalized for being clever and creative, but the country should not be managed for the benefit of the rich.
Fact; if you are rich and owe the government a large amount of money, they will reduce your debt. Fact; if you owe credit card companies a large amount, they will make a deal for you. Fact; if you are a bank, an oil company, an auto manufacturer, the government will support you , even to the damage of the country.
Oil companies are allowed to destroy environments and important resources so they can have temporary profits. Auto makers are supported so they continue to make inferior products (does anyone really believe that 35 mpg is good mileage? It was in 1960!).
The famous gulf gulf oil leak has not been paid for. The payments made cannot possibly be considered more than token. Fracking, destroys aquifers. We need every aquifer in this country right now. Every city in the country needs fresh water. To destroy a source of fresh water is more than criminal, it is insane.
Some me people will say “But we need the oil”. The fact is we don’t. Brazil does not import oil. They run on alcohol. They grow their fuel. So could we. The inescapable fact is that the government supports the oil companies to the detriment of our own people. This has to stop.