Letter: Free to disagree on formula retail

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A developer is quoted as saying “The economic future of Malibu will be decided by the free market.” Will someone explain that to me? 

Is that the free market that destroyed the savings of millions of Americans and evicted them from their homes? The one that drives gas prices and prescription medicines out of reach? 

Exactly 100 years ago, President Wilson said, ”There is an invisible force, over and above the U.S. government, that is running the country. They are three special interests—the banks, insurance companies and big business.”

Ike warned us about the military industrial complex. Jimmy Carter recently lamented that so much he wanted to do was blocked by the lobbyists. 

The so-called Occupiers tried to state their case. They were ignored and sidelined. Is it the free market that is trying to destroy unions and, with it, the middle class? 

The developer also says that those opposing the spread of franchised stores in Malibu will “soon be gone.” Perhaps not soon enough! Maybe it’s time to open the windows and shout, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not taking it anymore!” 

Dick Van Dyke