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Saturday 18 April 2015
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HAVE OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS FORGOTTEN US? Apr 5, 2015 By April Bryant -email-
“No Taxation Without Representation” is a slogan used by American Colonists in the years leading up the American Revolution. Colonists were increasingly angered by the taxes being levied against them by the King of England, and had no representative in British Parliament to argue against these taxes or to take their grievances to. This was one of the major causes of the Revolutionary War. Samuel Adams said,” If Taxes are laid upon us in any shape without our having a legal Representation where they are laid, are we not reduced from the Character of free Subjects to the miserable State of tributary Slaves?” Today we face a different version. We have elected officials, designated as our representatives, but are they really representing their constituents? Do these representatives even know what the majority of their districts want? It’s becoming more and more difficult to even speak with some of them. I don’t want a representative that feels it’s ok to send me a form letter when I write to them with a sincere concern, do you? Because of the money now involved in politics, even the smallest office seems to be looking to leverage it for financial gain. That means the common-folks, the hoi polloi, often get left hung out to dry, and those with enough money to influence these officials, in the form of anything from campaign **** all the way to out-and-out bribery come out on top. No longer is the good of the community considered. The good of the community is up for bids, and the everyday taxpayers don’t have enough left after they have paid those taxes to get into the auction. See, taxpayer dollars are going to come to that elected official, no matter what he does after elected, officials can bank on getting the taxpayer’s money, we don’t have a choice. There’s where the real problem is for the citizens. We fund these offices and officials, and in return they are supposed to work for us. We, the people, are their employers. Seems the only time they will tell you that is during election time. After elections are over we are merely their subjects, here to provide them a paycheck. That leaves them time to cater to the corporations, make friends with the big boys, and feel extra important when they can give these new friends some tax breaks. Sadly, the tax breaks these corporations get are often huge. This is money that could make significant improvements to our local economies. When the workers end up paying as much or sometimes, even more, taxes than the company they are working for something is broken in the system. But, the disturbing flip side to this is that without the tax incentives, corporations and industries will go elsewhere, where they can get the biggest break. In either situation, the citizens end up footing the bill, but subsidizing the taxes or by losing potential jobs, and big business wins again. Often, there is a conflict of interest when big business owners are the elected officials, or they have an affiliation, aka campaign ****, to said business. What is best for the community is often disregarded when the official caters to the highest bidder. We the people are getting left out of the equation once the funding is accomplished. Who is responsible for fixing this? Complaining to the very official who made the deal probably isn’t going to work. Who is representing the people? How do we reign in this type of government-gone-wild?
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