Representative government is possible, if you’ve got money to buy it



Floyd J. Gardner, Altoona, Letter to the Editor

4:11 a.m. CT June 19, 2017

It’s an interesting contrast. Red state Mississippi is leading the charge in bringing Big Pharma to its knees through lawsuits over the sale of harmful drugs [Opioid drugmakers face rising tide of lawsuits, June 11]. Contrast that action to the Republican approach to the manufacture and distribution of guns — equally harmful but protected by both local and federal laws.

One can only assume that the pharmaceutical industry hasn’t been as quick to hand over a share of its profits, as has been the gun lobby. Any moment now opioid drugmakers will see the error of their ways and start pouring millions of dollars into our legislative process. Then watch Congress swing into action.

Suddenly it will no longer be possible to sue drug manufacturers and retailers, just as the gun industry is protected now. If the political contributions are large enough, no doubt Big Pharma will even be successful in controlling the data collected and disseminated by the Center for Disease Control, making honest statistics impossible to access, just as is now the case with gun statistics.

It’s still possible to have representative government in America. You just have to have enough money to buy that representation.

Come on, Big Pharma; get those dollars flowing so we can all be reassured that our system still works, for industries able to afford it.

— Floyd J. Gardner, Altoona

 

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