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Letters to the editor: Direction of country leads to pessimism

6:44 PM, Jul. 19, 2013  |  Comments

Those who know me know I'm an optimist. Yet, of late, I've become pessimistic about the way things are heading politically. Why?

The super-affluent have lopsided influence on our political process. We have the best government that money can buy. Whereas in the 20th C. there was countervailing power between corporate and union power, now the considerable weakening of worker strength has rolled back the social gains of progressivism (even making "liberalism" a smear word). Obscene amounts of money spent on campaign contributions, lobbying and media influence have skewed the political dialogue.

Apathy and ignorance (we read, write and respond to slogans) combined with vote suppression tactics, gerrymandering, and lack of governmental transparency have reduced accountability. Whereas most of us are pragmatic centrists, ideologues have a disproportionate influence resulting in increased gridlock. Even our judges have become partisan instruments.

We boast that we're number one, the greatest country in the world. In fact, among even the developed countries we're lagging in combating climate change, in pupil performance in math and sciences, in affordable health care, and in controlling gun violence.

I apologize for leaving you as discouraged as I've become!

Martin Gruberg

Oshkosh

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