America’s Mad Dash Toward Oligarchy

Bill Moyers criticized both political parties on Friday for furthering the “protection racket” built to protect the mega-rich from paying their fair share of taxes while extending their influence over politics.

“Sad that it’s come to this,” Moyers said. “The drift toward oligarchy that Thomas Pinckeney described in his formidable book has become a mad dash, and it will overrun us and overwhelm us unless we stop it.”

Moyers pointed out that many members of the “one percent” pay less taxes than the average worker across the board, thanks to tax laws that were drawn up not by nature or divine providence, but by legislators.

“It’s one way they have, as Chief Justice [John] Roberts put it, of ‘expressing gratitude toward their chief donors,’” Moyers said, before launching into a mocking impersonation of Republican lawmakers doing so for billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson. “‘Oh, Mister Adelson, we so appreciate your generosity that we cut your estate taxes so that you can give $8 billion as a tax repayment to your heirs, even though, down the road, the public will have to put up $2.8 billion just to compensate for the loss in tax revenue.”

Scientific Study Says We Are an Oligarchy

The United States of America is no longer a democracy, but rather an oligarchy.

The anecdotes are plentiful, from modest gun control proposals that saw 90% public support, to unemployment compensation, to infrastructure spending, to women’s rights; where a plurality exists even across party lines, the median public interest seems to hold no sway in policy making. Now science has proven this to be correct:

The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence. Our results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.

Distilled down into simple terms: The U.S.A. is now provably an oligarchy; we are a democracy in name only. DINO, as in dinosaur… As in extinct…. Has the acronym ever been more pathetically poignant?

Delegate Scott and the Republican “No” Chorus

While I can think of hundreds of thousands of people who will be hurt if we don’t “Close the Health Care Gap” with health insurance expansion under the Affordable Care Act, I cannot think of one person who will benefit if we turn it down.  Unfortunately, between the choice of helping his constituents and holding to his parties’ ideology in the current budget debate, Delegate Scott continues to stand in the choir of the party of “No.”

Locally, the Culpeper Regional Hospital, the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce, and numerous constituents have, in this very paper, urged Delegate Scott to do what is right both morally and financially – Close the Health Care Gap by expanding health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Scott is not only ignoring the people who voted for him and local business leaders and business representatives, he is also ignoring state-wide entities.  In his article on April 1, he misrepresents the position of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, a vocal supporter of health insurance expansion.  A letter issued by them on March 4 states that budget delays and/or the Republican threat to shut down state government could jeopardize Virginia’s reputation as a well-managed state and risk its stellar AAA bond rating.  For someone who touts being part of the reason Virginia is “Ranked #1 for Doing Business,” Ed’s actions do not match his words!

Under his current ideological stance, Delegate Scott is right now giving your federal tax dollars, $2 billion per year, to insure eligible people in other states while those same people in his state go without.  Under his current ideological stance, he is forcing our hospital to reduce its staff and services.  How does that support Virginia remaining “Ranked #1 for Doing Business” by Forbes?  The answer is, It Doesn’t!  Delegate Scott’s actions do not match his words.

Under his current ideological stance, Delegate Scott is forcing the uninsured to continue to use the Emergency Room for initial care.  Unfortunately, this is the most expensive care for hospitals and, as a result, taxpayers.  Scott’s actions do not match his words.

By changing his stance and doing what is reasonable and rational, 400,000 currently uninsured Virginians will have access to quality health insurance including preventative care, wellness exams, and medications at reduced costs to hospitals, taxpayers and themselves.  Delegate Scott needs to start matching his actions with his words.

Mr. Scott, this should help.  Imagine the change of expression on the faces of thousands of families when you use your position to alter their existence from “one illness away from bankruptcy” to one of stability, hope, and confidence in our state and the future. Mr. Scott, you have that power, use it wisely.

Please call Delegate Scott at 540-825-6400 or 804-698-1030 and tell him to make his actions match his words and do what is right for the people of Virginia.

Traci Dippert

Chair, Culpeper County Democratic Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save The Date!

Madison County Democratic Committee
8th Annual Founders Dinner

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Madison Presbyterian Church
1236 Fishback Road, Madison 22727

With special guest speaker

Jennifer Patja Howell

Director of Digital Publishing

Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution
at James Madison’s Montpelier

The Virtual Republic: The Constitution
and Emerging Technologies

Director Howell will draw on President Madison’s writings in discussing the ways that information age use of modern technology both facilitates and complicates core American constitutional principles. In similar fashion, she will also address the impact that technological tools have on the election process and the balance between first Amendment rights and national security concerns, among other current issues.

 

RSVP

Tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15.00 at the door
Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Dinner at 6:00 p.m. Featuring Antipasto, Fresh Pasta,
Green Salad, Homemade Bread, Dessert and Coffee