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Letter: Big business sometimes puts profits over safety

Big business sometimes puts profits over safety

Heavy campaign contributions by big businesses and their lobbying efforts have an effect on our health. People died.

I read a disturbing New York Times article printed in The Buffalo News on July 20, “Loopholes hinder prosecutors in GM ignition fatalities.” The article focused on the loopholes that Congress inserted to soften the legal impact on the decision makers in the automobile business.

People wonder why businesses contribute so much money to political campaigns and to their associated lobbying. The mantra of business is profit. Why do they give so much money to support various politicians? If it is profitable to tout patriotism, safety or any other label businesses will shout from the highest rooftops.

On the other hand, if it is more profitable to surreptitiously donate to the elections of various politicians who write the laws and appoint the members who serve on the safety committees, then they will spend their precious resources on the elections and the associated lobbying. It’s just good business.

We already know from the experience of the exploding gas tanks of the Pinto that the ethics of business is a simple cost analysis. That is but one reason why we need to limit the influence of campaign financing on the election of our politicians.

John Brandenberger