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My view: Fighting the ignoble reign of money

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  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 24, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    Amen.
    Legislators spend more time raising money than legislating. Years ago Congress, enmasse, would spend time in the chambers debating and voting on bills. Now, they rush over to quickly vote between fund raising meetings/phone calls. Many times Congress members are addressing a near empty chamber when they are speaking.

    Citizens United will join the list of worst Supreme Court decisions ever.

    Our legislative system isn't functioning, isn't serving Americans due to money and extreme partsanship of which UT's Mike Lee is front and center.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    May 24, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    Not much to argue with here. We all know the problem. But the underlying problem is that we keep electing people who are easily swayed by money. Imagine that.

  • Samuel the Liberalite Farmington, UT
    May 24, 2013 1:43 p.m.

    It's also 'how' the Gadianton's 'managed' the Government's of the Nephites and destroyed them.

    That message was meant for 'us' for this very reason.

  • TheFairTaxChamp Roselle Park, NJ
    May 24, 2013 4:24 p.m.

    NO! It is the LOVE of money (power, glory) that is the root of all evil. AND, it is weak character that is the enabler.

  • Fly Fisherman Salt Lake City, UT
    May 24, 2013 10:32 p.m.

    @TheFairTaxChamp

    "NO! It is the LOVE of money (power, glory) that is the root of all evil. AND, it is weak character that is the enabler."

    The love of money is so powerful, that there is hardly a distinction anymore between money being the root of all evil, and the love of money being the root of all evil. Yes, there are a few good, wealthy people who are the exception, and there are poor and middle class people who are as vulnerable to the love of money as the wealthy. But let's be honest, money has an allure and power that leads to evil that history has shown few are able to overcome.

  • drummer Kaysville, UT
    May 25, 2013 7:28 a.m.

    I agree. The attempts of some legislators to dismantle our public schools is another money grab for themselves and their friends and family. What can be said about the ethics of men and women, elected supposedly to be concerned with the public trust, to make a profit at the expense of innocent children, who deserve so much more. It is shameful! These greedy individuals are gambling with the future of this state.

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    May 25, 2013 12:26 p.m.

    to TheFairTaxChamp

    Spot on.

    @ Fly Fisherman

    Agreed. Bill Gates (for one) s/b commended for his philanthropy.

    Your post reminds me of the song Smugglers Blues by Glenn Frey.

  • Fly Fisherman Salt Lake City, UT
    May 25, 2013 8:31 p.m.

    @Pendergast

    "Your post reminds me of the song Smugglers Blues by Glenn Frey."

    I almost forgot about that song. Thanks for the reminder! Haven't heard it in years!

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    May 26, 2013 4:11 p.m.

    to Fly Fisherman

    Welcome. To quote the song and summarize the article, "The lure of easy money has got a very strong appeal."

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    June 2, 2013 6:33 a.m.

    Agreed.

    Also notice the disdain for democracy which which most of our current legislators have. With their attacks on the initiative and referendum laws, trying to keep the general public out of "their" business of running our state, it is obvious they prefer one dollar = one vote instead of one citizen = one vote.

    With their persistent attacks on public education, especially social studies and the humanities, they seem bent on creating the very uneducated underclass they claim to fear.