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Joan Claybrook: Special Interest Stranglehold Must be Broken

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Please note that the views and opinions expressed by Joan Claybrook are not necessarily the views and opinions held by Bill Moyers or BILL MOYERS JOURNAL.

These are exceedingly difficult days for many of us, and the public will be looking to the next administration for some serious relief. No matter who becomes the next American president, the 2008 election will have to herald a season of vigorous accountability for government. We know what happens when elected officials allow special interests groups to undermine the economy; now we need the stranglehold these interests have over government to be broken.

We deserve a system that works, not one so flawed that it spawns such things as the housing crisis and the collapse of Wall Street – an implosion still reverberating around the world. This time, campaign promises must be kept, and that can’t happen if wealthy corporate interests still get the first and only seat at the table. Fortunately, a record number of newly enfranchised citizens have become actively engaged in politics this year, and they will be watching – and waiting – for that elusive better day that includes jobs, health care and financial security. We are a galvanized nation of Main Streets right now, demanding a government by and for the people. Learn more about what you can do to get involved.


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