By Bradley Harrington
“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” — James Madison, Virginia State Convention, 1829 —
It’s an interesting thesis former Wyoming Republican Senator Alan Simpson puts forth in his recent column, “Money’s reign in politics nation’s No. 1 problem” (WTE, Aug. 9) — but it’s a failed thesis that needs challenging.
“Money’s dominance over politics,” Simpson says, “is the number one problem our nation faces. It is a growing crisis that prevents us from tackling anything else … Either we are a country that makes decisions based on the common good, or one where the size of your wallet determines the worth of your ideas.”