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A national shame: when corporate interests trump those of the American people

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What we are witnessing taking place in the U.S. Congress is repulsive and revolting; the fact that many of our elected representatives are blatantly and shamelessly stuffing their pockets with campaign contributions from healthcare corporations when, at the same time, they have been charged with the responsibility to develop effective legislation for health care reform. This is a massive conflict of interest and a failure of these legislators to uphold their oath of office. It is a disgrace to this nation and its people, a national shame.

This gross injustice to the American people is happening in full sight of the entire body of the House and Senate; all 535 of our elected representatives. There should be a massive rejection of the shameful behavior of those who are involved with this clear conflict of interest, but there is no outcry from fellow legislators, no demands for some kind of censure, no calls for an investigation; nothing, complete silence, not a whimper, or any objection whatsoever. It is simply accepted and condoned.

What is happening in this dark scenario is not only a national shame, it is a disgrace and a scar upon the American democracy. The entire issue of health care reform is of critical importance to the future of all Americans, to small businesses and to this nation's on-going solvency. And yet, rather than the issue being taken very seriously, using objective debate and discussion, it has been turned into a feeding frenzy to obtain the campaign contributions that the special interests are dangling in front of our legislators.

The GOP, attached by the hip to their corporate masters, long ago lost its shame and conscience, so it is not the least bit surprising that Republicans are refusing to support any reform legislation. They are bought and paid for so it bothers them not a bit. But, even worse than the stance of the Republicans on this issue, is the behavior of the special group of Democrats referred to as the Blue Dogs in the House and those referred to as the Gang of Six in the Senate. These rogue Democrats are not only refusing to promote the interests of the majority of the American people but they are failing to adhere to their own party's platform that specifically calls for health care reform.

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Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on Opednews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites (more...)
 

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