Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

January 8, 2013

Tycoons and politicians sing the same tune, and we suffer

According to H.L. Mencken, a Puritan is a person with a haunting fear that someone, somewhere is happy.

My own new year resolution is to dispense with the fear that a republican somewhere is happy and try to look at our troubled times and seek common sense solutions.

Both Republicans and Democrats have created the mess we are in, although I naturally tend to assign more culpability to the far-right crowd.

Over the last several decades we have allowed a minority of our citizens to dictate what shape our economy should take.

American corporations opted to shift manufacturing jobs to other countries. Walmart and other big box stores have squashed small town businesses and hired millions of our fellow citizens at substandard wages.

Banks have evolved from the principal role of lending and now are heavily engaged in all kinds of global trading that hardly anyone can understand, much less control.

When corporate and financial tycoons and our public officials all sing the same tune, we are the ones who suffer and we have for quite some time.

As I start the new year I find some inspiration in our Constitution’s Preamble: “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common Defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

It’s time to get to work.

William Tunney

Grantsville

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