Politics… sure everyone has their own opinions, but Heartless Capitalist’s comments on the cohesion of politicians and wealthy elites in the blog Updating Political Power mirror a discussion of Karl Marx and the role of government in a capitalist society. Heartless comments on the Goldman Sachs example of a large corporation donating large sums of money for political campaigns in favor of legislation to “positively impact their business—regardless of political affiliation.” In 2008, according to www.opensecrets.org, Goldman Sachs donated just over 1 million to Barack Obama and is known for giving out some of the biggest bonuses post 2008 of any financial institution. Direct correlation or coincidence? You decide. Marx portrays capitalists as vultures out to exploit the worker class of society, but he says it is the role of the government to protect the workers, who lack means of production. It is the role of effective democratic governments to implement policies to protect the workers who cannot “pay” for their political interests, but it is also in the interest of politicians to align with corporations who offer campaign donations. If politicians become too pro business the government may become like Chile in the 70’s and 80’s and if politicians become too pro social welfare the government may fall like communist Russia. So with two ends of the spectrum, politicians must balance the wants of donating elite with the needs of the general population. However, I proposed to Heartless Capitalist the solution to this problem, remove money from politics. Money stimulates greed and I definitely don’t want a selfish politician. I’d much rather have an unbiased (based on money) politician out to do what is right. Although politicians today remain influenced by lobbyists, I see a better scenario where money (and the current leftover AIG leverage) is removed from government. Democracy should be focused on the people, not the expenses of a campaign.
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