I have said a lot of pretty strong things about the influence of money on legislative policy and the consequent harm to the middle class. In one sense, that’s unremarkable. I am an academic with lifetime tenure, I have spent a professional lifetime studying middle class legal and economic issues, and if I see a problem and I don’t speak out, then shame on me.
And lots of other good people, including people who disagree strongly with me, have spoken out at well. No surprise. That’s how we shape our collective vision of how the world should be changed.
But last week someone else spoke out: a federal judge called out the whole legislative process. Bankruptcy Judge Frank Monroe spoke openly about the influence of a powerful consumer credit industry on the United States Congress. In a written judicial opinion noted here, he explained that he was stuck interpreting an “inane” amendment. Why? Because the “agenda” of those pushing this legislation was “to make more money off the backs of the consumers in this country.”
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