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Letter: Democrats united?

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

The one issue in today’s political climate that bothers me greatly is the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. Democrats across America are outraged by the ruling, which allows anonymous donors from anywhere in the world to hide their involvement in the political process through nefarious political action committees.

Driven by right-wing blowhards like Chicago Cubs owner Joe Ricketts, Las Vegas mogul Sheldon Adelson, and the infamous Koch brothers, these folks have funneled tens of millions of dollars into these nasty, stop-at-nothing groups, who are committed to defeating Obama and Democrats from sea to shining sea.

Scores of wealthy right-wing corporations have joined the anti-Democratic effort by contributing millions to these groups, and some have gone as far as threatening to lay off their employees if Obama is re-elected. This barrage of right-wing and corporate efforts to defeat Democrats makes me wonder how any Democrat in America could, in all good conscience, vote in favor of any type of corporate welfare proposal.

In the city of DeKalb, for instance, Democrats on the city council fell in love with the Olive Garden corporate welfare plan, and passed it with flying colors.

On the county level, Democrats have chosen to control the county’s economic development committee in order to grease the wheels of the corporate welfare machine. It is time for local Democrats to adopt a consistent approach, consider what is best for America, and end their support for all forms of corporate welfare. They simply can’t continue to complain about Citizens United, while simultaneously showering the source of their outrage with gifts of taxpayer dollars.

Steve Walt

DeKalb

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