It continues to surprise and amaze me that so many Americans are unaware of the obvious facts. Corporations control DC. They have rights that we as individuals don't have. Under the guise of "freedom of speech" under the First Amendment - rights they took through a series of questionable court decisions leading up to the infamous Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company decision, which I discussed here - corporations can write off their lobbying. You and I cannot do that. I can't hire someone to lobby for me and then write off the cost of that expense from my taxes.
Until we Americans decide to fundamentally change the underlying laws that define how corporations operate in this country, none of us should be surprised that corporations rule DC and the rest of this country.
Notes From The Rust Belt arises out of the gathering storm clouds facing the United States in 2009 and beyond. The image of the rust belt conjures up the movement of American jobs from our shores, leaving the rusting ruins of our former manufacturing strength. It was this strength that allowed this country to emerge as a superpower out of World War 2, and served as the engine for the emergence of the Middle Class along with other forces, such as a strong labor movement and the G.I. Bill of Rights. We now find ourselves watching this Middle Class atrophying before our eyes, and simultaneously seem to have no control over this rapid fall in our mutually held democracy and strength.
This blog subscribes to the notion that the demise of the Middle Class is not accidental, but rather serves the interest of powerful forces, forces that are decidedly nondemocratic. Notes From The Rust Belt is dedicated to a lively discussion of these issues, along with future efforts to point toward the necessary changes to restore our country to the democratic ideals upon which it was founded.