An Oct. 13 letter writer implied collusion by legislators who were negotiating new contracts with unions. To me, this is not nearly as worrisome as the hold super PACs have over politicians running for public office.
Corporate super PACs give unlimited money to influence voting in favor of the PACs' chosen candidate. They operate independently, they advertise without candidate approval and they confuse voters with half-truths, misinformation and outright lies in order to coax votes.
The stalled economy and the unemployment crisis have polarized communities into union versus right-to-work (nonunion) camps. Hence a number of big businesses call for the abolition of unions, encouraging job seekers to join nonunion environments. How will this bode for the American worker? Not well, of course, but unfortunately people just want a job and corporations know that.
Looking for scapegoats? Blame big business for steering the cost of government to the middle class and blame it for not paying its fair share of taxes. Blame corporations for ingenuously taking exemptions and tax windfalls while the country goes broke. Blame the politicians for failing us as they champion corporate causes. And blame yourself for not voting or for not giving sincere thought when voting for candidates to public office. Do so now.
Vote for Hawaii's Democratic slate and keep them in Congress. Let America's progressive accomplishments remain the law of the land - vote Democrat.