Some Choice Words for the Select Few

According to one poll after another, a majority of Americans not only want a public option in health care, they also think that growing inequality is bad for the country, that corporations have too much power over policy, that money in politics is the root of all evil, that working families and poor communities need and deserve public support if the market system fails to generate shared prosperity.

But when the insiders in Washington have finished tearing worthy intentions apart and devouring flesh from bone, none of these reforms happen. “Oh,” they say, “its all about compromise. All in the nature of the give-and-take-negotiating of a representative democracy.”

That, people, is bull — the basic nutrient of Washingtons high and mighty.

Its not about compromise. Its not about what the public wants. Its about money — the golden ticket to “the select few who actually get it done.”

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship |