An American Influence

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As if losing the November election decidedly to President Obama wasn’t enough, I noticed earlier this week while skimming the Daily Beast that a GQ article had crowned Mitt Romney 2012’s least influential person. Unfortunately, while Romney probably won’t be influencing much for the forseeable future, other losers from this election season will be. As Politico reports, several former Senators and Representatives vacating their seat this year will be taking high profile lobbying and consulting jobs with some of America’s most infuential coroporations. Though laws passed in 2007 sought to curtail the substantial numbers of congresspeople trading in the honor and tradition of a seat in Congress for the substantial pay raise that exists in lobbying, the laws did not go far enough to protect the Popular sovereignty of the American people. As long as business and politics are as intertwined as they are on Washington’s K-Street, corporations will have the upperhand at voicing their politics. As we saw in The Corporation and Jospeh Stiglitz’s Freefall, these corporations do not have the same incentives that the normal citizen has and thus, should not be protected in the same way each American is by the Bill of Rights. More regulations are needed in Washington to keep corporations from infringing on our rights and governing for the sake of property.

-Dan Terner


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This is a blog about the 2012 presidential election. Content is generated by students in Professor Heldman's Politics 101 class. She does not necessarily endorse the views expressed here.
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