In a letter to the editor in the Henning paper on Tuesday, April 23 the Prairie Spy said about government “I was going to list some things they’re getting right, but you’ll have to list them yourselves.  I cannot seem to come up with any.”  Well, I can.

Consider the following programs.  Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Health Administration providing care at 1,250 health care facilities serving 9 million enrolled veterans each year and CHIPS.  These programs and other safety net programs make up about 70 percent of our federal government spending.  Also consider public education, the military, the judicial system, infrastructure, the police, the FBI, the CIA and so on. Also, consider the Clean Water Act which cleaned up our rivers and lakes and The Clean Air Act which cleaned up the air.

The above are examples of government of the people, by the people and for the people.   Government has been demonized so much by the far right that some people don’t seem to know what government of the people, by the people and for the people is about anymore.

There is also bad government.  It is government of the rich, by the rich and for the rich.  This is becoming much more prominent.  Especially since the five Republican Supreme Court justices decided in  “Citizens United”  that the rich and the huge corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money buying our elections.  It also opened up possibilities for foreign money in our elections as it is now much more difficult to trace where the money comes from.  To find out more about this Google  the following — “Citizens United and foreign money in our elections.”

Robert Peterson



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