How can we trust politics?

By Aida Aponte
In the documentary of “Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream,” I learned about camouflaged poverty lines that have been hidden from the people in the United States. I also learned that people who are wealthy have been using their resources to gain political favor from political candidates.

What’s more interesting is that when given money from these top 1% of Americans, these politicians must fulfill a type of “quid pro quo.” These “favors” could be writing laws that help the super wealthy, or create budget cuts in the top 1%’s favor.

I have never been a big voter or even follow elections. But seeing this bit of information, it is no wonder people don’t vote. The real question I have for any candidate for any governmental position is, “Why should I trust you?” 
It’s bad to think so pessimistically, but I don’t think I could trust many elected officials. Now every time there is an election I would have to run a background check on candidates to see who are their top financial supporters. It is disconcerting to know that our leaders give into the greed of wealth, and would do whatever it took to gain support from Big Money. The government officials are supposed look out for the people of the United States.

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