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posted: 4/23/2014 5:01 AM

Don't let the '1%' take reins of government

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In rebuttal to James H. Schurr and his comments on "Vote in new people to end the corruption," I'd like to say this simply is not the answer. It sounds easy. But I believe it takes a little more work than that.

Not everyone in office is corrupt. Or is it just the "Democrats," as he puts it so bluntly? Not all Democrats are corrupt, just as not all Republicans are corrupt. I can't help but sense an ill feeling toward both Democrats and unions from him.

We are all living in treacherous waters, politically and environmentally. Just doing the opposite thing does not and will not solve these issues. It will take careful thought and careful decisions by every one of us. We have to do more than just vote every politician (Democratic) out of office. We need to investigate thoroughly those seeking to represent us in government.

I think the Democrats made a big mistake by not at least having someone run against Gov. Pat Quinn in the primary. I think Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle would have won in a landslide, and we would at least have a choice against the "1 percent" -- i.e. Republican governor-to-be Bruce Rauner.

We live in a world today in which it's not what you do or what your character amounts to. It's what your (known) bank account amounts to. It's how much money a few individuals can spend to get the person elected to satisfy his/her ego or the master plan of the 1 percent.

The future looks dim for the 99 percent, just as it has since the days of Reaganomics. Heaven please help us. Mr. Schurr seems to remember vividly the Reagan-era words, "Just say no!"

Clifford (Kip) Sobaski

Elk Grove Village

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