Sunday, July 13, 2008

Big-Business or the People?

As a certified liberal with my political beliefs formed in my formative years - a liberal church that taught that the Golden Rule was the most important lesson to be taken from the Bible - and a stint as a young-man facing the draft during the Vietnam War era - I simply do not understand those that put selfish interests and big-business above the needs of people. But those people are out there - forming their political beliefs in some other fashion - believing that ensuring the survival and success of big business at the expense of mankind is of paramount importance.

An article in the Washington Post recently highlights the issues that support for wealth and big business raise...

More than 900 cases alleging that government contractors and drugmakers have defrauded taxpayers out of billions of dollars are languishing in a backlog that has built up over the past decade because the Justice Department cannot keep pace with the surge in charges brought by whistle-blowers, according to lawyers involved in the disputes.

The issue is drawing renewed interest among lawmakers and nonprofit groups because many of the cases involve the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, rising health-care payouts, and privatization of government functions -- all of which offer rich new opportunities to swindle taxpayers.

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