Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Perfectly Legal

Perfectly Legal, by David Cay Johnston
The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich - and Cheat Everybody Else

It looks like I'm not the only one obsessed with the aggregate move of wealth upwards. It's scary stuff. Thinking Peace has a nice excerpt, or you can get your own copy by clicking on my link.

"But democracy also requires vigorous debate and give-and-take. When the great majority of people are not pursuing their own interests, the power of the political donor class grows. And while the wealthy have, and always will have, disproportionate influence over politics, their power can only be held in check by the great mass of voters recognizing and pursuing their own self-interest. The spread of corporate policies that prohibit workers from wearing campaign buttons or discussing politics at work is part of the trend that squelches debate that might pose a threat to the political donor class and its power in reshaping our tax system to benefit their interests.

How the rich arranged to do so much better than everyone else, and the reasons why they took home huge increases in income while many lost ground, were not state secrets. To the extent that government continues to be conducted in the open, many of the answers can be found in the public record. But if no one looks in obvious places and they do not become part of the news, then, like Edgar Allan Poe’s “Purloined Letter,” those answers can be hidden in plain sight..."

Sounds like three wolves and a lamb just voted on what to have for dinner...

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