In America, political power resides predominately in the business sector, whose economic interests are first and foremost on the minds of both major parties. The Democrats have less naked loyalty to corporations, but their offices are funded, lobbied and coerced nonstop by businesses that hold stake in government affairs.

For a demonstration of this power relationship, look no further than today’s news, which tells us that a “business coalition” is launching a massive advertising campaign against proposed health care reforms. The ads, which are targeted to key Congressional districts, will cost up to $10 million.

Meanwhile, on the Left, a few thousand people held a picket in D.C. to support existing proposals (though many advocated their expansion, too). The picket was combined with a coordinated assault of sharply-worded letters to local representatives.

This is a roughly typical display of the disparity in resources and organizing power that separates the Right (Business) and the Left (Labor). It explains why the health care legislation process has been a gradual narrowing of reform, and it explains why the preferred option of the American population – a government-guaranteed health care system – was rejected before negotiations even began.

ere he developed with care, lucidity, and comprehensive sweep his fundamental message about the crucial role of the people who remain unknown in carrying forward the endless struggle for peace and justice, and about the victims of the systems of power that create their own versions of history and seek to impose it.

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  1. The imbalance is NOTHING new….from the very beginning of our country it has been the business interests that has ruled….and little has changed in over 200 years….