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Examiner
  • Special interests win, and we lose

  • Payment for favors or corruption by any other name – in most instances there is no difference. Look at just three examples:

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  • To the editor:
    Payment for favors or corruption by any other name – in most instances there is no difference. Look at just three examples:
    • Ethanol: Take corn and add approximately the same amount of energy in a process as is produced in the ethanol product. Additionally, we subsidize the venture. What do the citizens get? Ethanol results in lower gas mileage. It raises corn prices, in turn raising human and animal food prices. Who gains? Maybe just the corn producers and the ethanol manufacturers. How much money was spent through lobbyists to create this obvious debauchery?
    • The Affordable Care Act is helpful in providing much-needed health care. However, it is less helpful, more costly and more complicated than HR676, the Expanded Medicare For All Act, which never came to the floor of Congress. Why not? The news media stated why. Millions upon millions of dollars spent by lobbyists, all coming from the special interests, such as insurance companies, drug companies, etc.
    • Wind energy: All touted to be green, clean, etc. First, there had to be a concerted effort to define carbon dioxide as a pollutant, which it is not. Then go for energy that can be provided regardless of cost. There wouldn’t be one power-producing windmill built if not for our tax money subsidizing the industry. The cost of wind energy is so expensive, no one will want to pay for it if it becomes a significant source, which, thank goodness it is not today. Why was the “wind energy subsidy” extended by sneaking it into the recent fiscal cliff bill? Certainly no on was watching out for my pocketbook.
    Is there such a thing as a petition that could force an election? If so, the petition objective might be “no more money passed about for influence.”
     

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