|To the Editor: Have we simply become a government of the lobby, by the lobby, for the lobby?|
|Written by V. N. Krishnan|
|Wednesday, 17 April 2013 10:09|
The voting public has been grossly negligent in failing to take to task our elected law makers. Every poll shows that the majority of us prefer a more comprehensive effort in introducing a background check for gun ownership including gun shows. But our lawmakers don't think that they need to heed this but prefer to work for their powerful interest groups, than for the country at large. For them their primary concern is their prospect of getting votes next time around. Never mind if more our most valuable asset - our children - gets slaughtered.
There are other serious issues that are ignored. Since 2005 the nation's honey bees have been dying and last year bee keepers reported that 40 to 50 per cent of the hives have been wiped out. Research seems to show that a new class of pesticides, neonicotinoids, could be a factor. The U.S.D.A says that a quarter of our diet from apples, cherries, water melons and onions depends on pollination by bees. This issue as many others should solely be guided by science, the last thing that is preferred by our obsessed party label chasing politicians. EPA is the major agency which will have to deal with this life threatening problem. It was set up by a Republican president who had great foresight. But now the remedy shamefully is not to fix it but shut it down! The same goes for government spending. If you cannot spend efficiently, the remedy is shut down the government! Switch off the lights as the tea party says. We can all function better in the dark.
I thought a democratic government aims at promoting the greatest happiness of the greatest number. Not a government of the lobby, by the lobby and for the lobby to promote the interests of the few. This will continue if we are mostly obsessed with sports, sex, sensationalism and the soap opera. Our media would readily help us here.
V. N. Krishnan
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 10:12|
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