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Oligarchy – It’s in the Cards    

April 28, 2014

by William Szczepanek

oligarchy cartoonIf you’ve been very busy working, living on another planet or spending too much time counting your baseball cards then you may find it a surprise that the U.S. is no longer a democracy. Recent news reports indicate that the U.S. is really an oligarchy and not a democracy. While citizens have known for a long time that their voice did not matter they are just beginning to realize how little they are being heard. For a long time we have known of lobbyists and other political influencers that promise money to campaigns in exchange for favors and laws that benefit them. This act is outright criminal, but it is accepted.

Now, we see that the Supreme Court has ruled that Corporations are people and may use as much money as they wish to influence political campaigns. So if you thought that you had no say in the past then the Supreme Court has told you in an “in your face” way that you don’t really matter. This change in our government has been going on for decades and the creep is finally being noticed. The study of economics is now a study of ancient history and very little from the past applies anymore.

So, what does this have to do with baseball cards? I am not a Republican nor a Democrat. I dislike both parties right now. But, I do believe that everyone should know how the money a company uses for political purposes is spent so we can determine if we want to continue to support that company and buy their products.

Are baseball card companies influencing the price of cardboard in such a way as to make their products cheaper? Are they making their products out of harmful substances that could hurt people if they ate them. (I mean the cards, not gum which is no longer in cards because they stained them.) By the way what is wrong with a gum stain on a card? I actually think the card should have more value because the card was authenticated by this exposure. Should companies have recalls on cards with errors because they could misrepresent the players who are now millionaires with corporations themselves and could sue them for… well, something. If the production of cards is moved to China, will it be regulated, or will the back of the cards read like the multi-language instructions for an applicance?

These questions must be answered if we are going to preserve democracy as we have come to expect it. We deserve to know these answers and, oh yeah, we should know these answers about oil companies and software companies and food companies, etc. We need to start somewhere. While this article is tongue in cheek, the need for knowledge about corporate spending is something we should all be interested in. After all they know everything about us. :)

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