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Columnist was wrong to single out corporations for greed, corruption | Letter

I take exception with the column by Rich Elfers (“Lesson shows power corrupts”) in the June 19 edition of your paper.

In his silly lesson he uses various colored chips to illustrate how power corrupts. It seems that for Mr. Elfers corruption only exists in the mean-spirited corporate world, as this is the only example he uses. This sort of single-minded contempt for our business enterprises is “classic liberal theory and talking points.” Never mind that unions, politicians and government officials have more current corruption going on than any corporations I can think of or recall. Is the IRS scandal, Benghazi, the Justice Department’s (Eric Holder investigating himself) current scandal (James Rosen) more salient to corruption today than his example of corporate monopolies? Or how about our president’s proposed $100 million (taxpayer funded) trip to Africa for a family vacation, that sure trumps any special privileges I seen given to corporations, that is unless you mean the favors our current president has bestowed on Solyndra or other pet solar projects he’s promoting.

What is the point of his lesson, other than to degrade and debase our businesses? Maybe a better lesson for our kids would be that too much unchecked power in the hands of any individual or group represents absolute corruption, to be certain. We have a constitutional republic with a constitution and a bill of rights that ensures and protects the rights of the minority; this is what makes America exceptional and this is what should be taught to our kids. Singling out just corporations for his corruption lesson and assault is just wrong. Maybe Mr. Elfers should actually read the Constitution so he will know what’s in it!

David Asplund

Enumclaw

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