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Ruling: Only for the rich?Posted Friday, January 8, 2010, at 10:09 AM
State Rep. Henry Fincher, a Democrat who said this week he won't run for Bart Gordon's U.S. House seat the GOP now thinks it will soon own, explains his reasoning: He'd have to take a leave of absence from his job and raise at least $2 million.
"It's a shame that it's a rich man's game in Washington," Fincher said, according to The Associated Press.
Democrats are decrying expected redistricting following the 2010 Census.
Let's leave political parties behind for a few moments and think about a couple of things.
Congress is overpopulated with the rich. I don't have a problem in general with people being rich, but can they really relate to the majority of the people they claim to represent?
Those with good minds and ideas shouldn't be left out of the political process just because of lack of money.
And redistricting shouldn't be set up to favor one party over the other; I'm not naive enough to think that'll ever change, though.
One other thing stands out: Fincher says it's a rich "man's" game. And Ed Whitacre, General Motors' chaIrman of the board, said a few weeks ago a skilled "businessman" is being sought as GM's new chief executive officer. Are women's rights beginning to erode slightly?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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