DAVE WAGNER: Transparency in politics is mostly an illusion

TO THE EDITOR:

Political transparency is just wishful thinking. So many articles in our newspaper lately have called for transparency in our political representatives. Some of these authors of these articles must think that there is such a thing in politics.

Transparency, especially in the federal government, will never happen as long as we have corporate America buying, bribing and financing political campaigns. Until Congress eliminates all of corporate money spent on them nothing will change concerning the virtue of transparency in politics.

If you believe that nothing happens behind closed door meetings between corporate America and Congress, well you are as naive as can be.

Generations before my time, vaudeville star, humorist, actor and political satirist Will Rodgers said it best: “We have the best Congress that money can buy.” In his time, Will Rodgers was one of the most liked and respected men in our nation.

Will there ever be legislators who will seek campaign reform? Probably not in my lifetime. Until our politicians stop being pawns for corporate America and its billions of dollars, nothing much will change. Until then, transparency in politics will just be a figure of speech.

If you believe that the millionaires and billionaires of corporate America and their representatives are representing your best interests, by all means vote for them. If not, vote for the candidate who best represents your interests. From my point of view, corporate America doesn’t represent the best interests of the majority of the people of our nation. Our government is supposed to look out for the interests of all the people in the nation, not just the one or two percent of our nation’s wealthiest.

Dave Wagner
Manistee

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