If you, like everyone else, are tired of all the negative political ads, take solace in the fact that they’ll be gone next Wednesday.
But unfortunately, what will stay with us is an outright attack on our democracy. Our “government of the people, by the people and for the people,” thanks to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, might now be better called “government of the corporation, by the corporation and for the corporation.”
And by “corporation,” I’m not talking small businesses. I’m talking about giant special interest, multinational companies that brought us these beauties:
- The Gulf oil disaster
- The financial crisis that led to the recession
- Skyrocketing health insurance premiums
- Jobs exported overseas
- Bloated military budgets to fight unnecessary wars
These corporations have been given the green light to spend all the money (actually their customers’ money) they want to influence our elections, while not letting the voters know who is paying for the ads—most of which are negative—or being accountable for the truthfulness of the messages.
Total spending — by candidates, political parties and special interests — has topped $3.2 billion and is likely to hit $4 billion when reports detailing last-minute donations and spending are tallied, according to a study released Wednesday by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics. That would obliterate the record $2.85 billion spent in 2006, the last midterm elections. Read more….
For the small business owner who might think that these giant multinational companies have their best interest at heart, you’ve been suckered into voting against your future.
Think Walmart on steroids.
- Vote this Tuesday, November 2
- Join us for our next BuySC Micro-Conference, Wed., Nov. 10 (details below)
- Shop local on Nov. 20, 2010, Happy Hardware Day!
The SC Small Business Chamber presents the next installment of our BuySC Micro-Conference series:
When: November 10th, 2010
Where: 701 Whaley, Olympia Room (2nd floor), 701 Whaley Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Want to save $5? Become a BuySC member at the “free” level and your ticket is half price. Why? Because we’re a non-profit, and we want to unite SC’s small business community.
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Our locally-owned, independent hardware stores need us more than ever. Let’s support them!