What’s a special interest?
2012-05-22 (Tuesday) § Leave a comment
In the politics of California, my state, I often hear people refer pejoratively to “special interests”. Most often it’s definite: “the special interests”. Who’s that? I understand the phrase to mean any interests other than general interests, i.e. ones that don’t belong to the entire population. Not everyone is a parent, so wouldn’t that include the interests of parents? Homeowners? People who earn a wage?
I may be misunderstanding a coded reference here. The definite article makes me think so. Maybe it’s an understood term for a specific set of parties that are easy political hate magnets, like labor unions and big businesses.
 I sent a message to my state assembly member, Susan Bonilla, to find out how she interprets the term “the special interests”.