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Poor? Who?

By Ken Poland
Opinion | February 6, 2012

COLBY, Kan. - Mitt Romney says he's not concerned about the poor? Who would have thought that? What has he ever done to make you think he did care? He said he's also not worried about the wealthy. That's not surprising, either. This modern Republican's programs have always been more favorable to the perpetuation of wealth and its power.

Both major political parties receive a major portion of their campaign finances from the wealthy. But, statistical analysis show the Democrats have a higher percentage of contributions from grassroots supporters. Both parties have some very wealthy members. Both parties have some scoundrels and both parties have some very good leaders. Bottom line - you should vote for the individual. But, if you're not sure about individuals, my opinion is to take a chance on the Democrat. I'm a conservative liberal Democrat. Now you figure out what that means.

Corporations are now considered to be 'people.' Unions are described as monopolies with too much power and influence. It is thought to be okay for corporate CEOs and board members to contribute the minor stockholders' money for political purposes. But, it is not okay for union executives to contribute union member's dues for political purposes.

Never mind that the minor stockholders may not agree with the CEO or board members. No one ever considered that the corporation could distribute the profits to the stockholders and let them decide who to support. Never mind that CEOs and board members are hired or elected to make business decisions, not political choices for the other stockholders. The minor stockholders are never asked if they want a portion of the corporation's profits to go to political Super PACs. Never mind that the minor stockholder has little or no choice in hiring or firing of CEOs or the election of board members.

Every stockholder does not have equal say! The voting power of major corporations is held by a minority of individuals owning shares.

Unions are open to every member's input and all members have equal power, when it comes to voting for their leaders. Members are welcome to open meetings, when it comes election time for the executives who handle the everyday business of the union. They have equal voting power, regardless of their wealth or lack thereof. Unions are truly 'one man, one vote'. Corporations are not.

If Romney isn't concerned about the poor, then he must not be very concerned about unemployment. The highest percentage of the unemployed are poor. And, certainly, his wealthy peers are not dependent upon employment for their livelihood.

Romney says he's been unemployed for years, and that doesn't bother him. Job creation isn't nearly as important as management's compensation and distributable company profits for the stockholders, especially the major stockholders. Profit trumps all moral or ethical concerns. The corporate structure relieves all stockholders of individual responsibility and accountability.

Should the lower middle class and poor people only be concerned about Romney and his political views and stances? Or, should we be concerned about the Republican Party machine and their desire to find the most fundamental and conservative candidate, who will have the campaign finances to wage the most destructive vendetta against President Obama? Should we be worried about character assassination?

Should we be worried about a return to the eight years of policies and leadership that lead to the mess we were in when President Obama took the oath of office? (Both parties must share the blame.) Should we be concerned about true religious freedom and equal opportunity for everyone?

Should we be concerned about the 'religious right moral majority' that claims God is on their side and it is He who 'appointed' GW Bush, therefore He approved all of Bush's administrative decisions? The interpretation of scripture that says God appoints rulers seems to fall apart, for them, when the likes of Clinton or Obama get elected. Should we be concerned about what will happen when the 'religious right' begins to have internal disagreements on what God decrees? Could we find our nation in the dilemma that the Middle East Muslim controlled countries are now in? Could we find ourselves in religious political wars that make our political differences of today pale in comparison?

You, rich or poor, have a responsibility. Don't let political or religious ideology or rhetoric interfere with sound reason and judgment.


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