You have probably heard of the saying “money talks!” If you haven’t then it is a simple premise. If you have money, then you have power and influence. The more money you have, then the more power and influence you have. We see this premise in action everywhere really. It really shows up in business and politics. I figured I would share a story with you that would bring home this phrase. You probably don’t need a story to understand that money really does talk, but you are getting one anyway. This is about a co-worker that was deep into politics, so much that she was planning a career switch.
A Bright Future
My co-worker has always been enamored by politics. The thought of having the ability to change the way we function and fighting for the people was up her alley. She has always been a very caring person that wants to make sure everyone is taken care of. She is also very fiery. She has passion flowing out of her veins. She is the perfect candidate to be a politician.
I am not going to divulge what party she represented as that would just cause a battle between people. Have you ever seen comments on articles from Yahoo, CNN, or other large news stations? If an article is about a democrat, then the republicans slam it. If the article is about a republican, then the democrats slam it.
Either way, my co-worker has been getting deeper and deeper into state politics in order to go to a national level. She would go to many functions along with some of the biggest ones in that state and in the nation. She was working outside of politics in order to make ends meet until she could get into a prominent position. I thought she was about to make the move after a few years, but then something happened.
Realizing the Power of Money
At one of the biggest conferences in the nation, my co-worker was doing what most people wanting to get into politics do. She was networking with some powerful people. She had a plan to share what she wanted to accomplish when she go into politics. Her ideas were very admirable. They were truly ideas that would help out others and make our lives better. They were ideas that most people would vote for.
She got to talk with an upper politician that has been around the block a few times. These people have seen it all, but they also know how the game works. She told him her plans and this is what he told her. I am summarizing as she did for me.
This politician told her that the only ideas that make it into bills and make a difference are the ones that can get support. Your ideas have to appease the people with money. If you don’t get financial backing, then your ideas don’t get heard. He told her that money talks for the most part. If your ideas go against people with money, then they can destroy you. Lobbyists are in government to make sure their backers get what they want. If you don’t go with them, then they can destroy your career. He also said that the people that have the power are the ones that have the money. Politicians battle with lobbyists.
An Uphill Battle
My co-worker took in this politician’s advice. She didn’t really like what she heard, so she decided to go talk with others that have been around for some time. Person after person, she got the same answer. You have to have money in order to have power and influence. If you don’t have the big boys behind you, then you get nowhere. While she knew that money had a massive influence in politics, she figured that her passion would get her through it. If you put your mind to something, you can accomplish anything, right? Well,that might not be the case in politics or business.
The story ends with my co-worker realizing that she didn’t want to be a part of our state or national politics. The system is completely broken with no way of fixing it without completely revamping it. You can’t do that because there are too many with power that want to keep it the same. She figured she would try and change the world another way, as public service wasn’t it.
The Truth of Money Talks
The sad truth about money is that most of us are driven by it. We all want to make more, but we have different reasons to do so. If you want to make a difference, then you need money. Our society has created this culture that is run by the people with money. Our politics are run by those with money and those that can be bought out. If you don’t know what lobbyists do, then go look it up. They are the reason why not much gets done in our political system. Well, it is lobbying and the weak minded.
I do think it is sad that we only can really speak with our wallets. Isn’t that what we say when we don’t like a company? Consumers can change how a company works just by talking with their money. If you don’t like how a company does business, then don’t buy their products or service. Unfortunately, that same premise works for everyone. If a company doesn’t like how a new bill is going to affect them, then they talk with their money. They spend money to change language in bills and help buyout others. Should it be illegal, maybe, but will it be? Nope! You have to convince the same people that are getting the money to stop taking the money. How would you go about doing that?
Examples of Money Talking
A great case for how money talks in business is this new Comcast and TWC merger. Though it hasn’t happened yet, I am sure that the fight will be a big one. They are going to argue that it will be good for customers. As customers, we all know it will be terrible. There are a few regulators that think it is a bad idea, but what about the whole? I don’t even want to know how much money these two companies are going to spend in order to “influence” the regulators over their case.
You can see the world of how much money talks all around us if you really pay attention. Have you ever purchased a service that has support? Do you see that you get different options of support depending on how much money you spend? Well, that is money talking. Companies will give you more options depending on how much money you spend. The more you spend, the better the service. When I used to run my e-commerce business I had to deal with suppliers. When I was not spending much with them, my calls got put into a queue. When I started spending more money with them, they gave me a dedicated representative that I could call all day. The more money I spent, the more service I got. This premise happens everywhere.
The same thing happens with regards to the law. If you have the funds, you can get the best and brightest lawyers in the country to defend you. If you have nothing, then you don’t have a selection to choose from. You have probably seen what great lawyers can do to a case. Just name any number of high profile cases and the outcomes. It all comes down to how much you are willing to spend. The money gets you the connections necessary to change your outcome. No money gets you nothing.
I realize that this is getting a little long. The reason is because this topic is all too real in our lives. There is always talk about how people that don’t have money, don’t really have a voice. Well, this is true. You can’t speak if you don’t have the money to do so. Our society is run by money. The more you have, the more power and influence you have. You can disagree with me and that is fine, but I have seen this in action time and time again. I see it on a business and personal front. I get more options and opportunities when I have more money. I do think it is sad, but it is a fact of how it is. Money brings you opportunities and what you choose to do with them are up to you.
What do you think about how money talks? How have you seen this in action? What do you think we can do to change how our society thinks about money?
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