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The Country is Broke Because Our Politics are Broken

Government for sale: how can we take back our political process?

As I sit and watch the CNN coverage of what seems like the 28th debate the Republicans have had, I can't help but feel a sense of disappointment in our entire electoral process.

This is bipartisan disappointment mind you. How can it be that both parties are so self-involved and corporatized that they have perfected little more than spinning the American people around empty sound bites. 

Two summers ago we had the Tea Party emerge on the national scene; this year its the Occupy movement. The common thread between both of these disparate groups: funding from super wealthy donors.

Republicans and Democrats have sold their souls, and by proxy, our representations to the highest donors. If you doubt this, look up the Koch brothers or George Soros. How is it that a state senate race (Pasch/Darling) sets a spending record? I don't know who truly wins when someone's chosen candidate gets elected, but I think its becoming more obvious who is losing: we the people. 

Will we have the nerve to turn off the television and actually read the platforms of the candidates? Does it even matter? We vote the bums out, only to be represented by a different set of bums, bankrolled by the same people as the first set of bums.

How did we allow this to happen? Think critically about your vote choice; turn off CNN and Fox. Make an independent decision, and move us in the direction of truly reviving our democracy. 

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DJ Bradley October 23, 2011 at 01:09 AM
I say the nature of the election doesn't matter because whether it be a recall, or the upcoming primaries, and through November---money is pulling the cart. These recent and upcoming elections to a greater extent now because corporations can pour in all the money they want. Imagine how much more Pasch and Darling would have had to TRULY defend their records and agendas without someone funding those dumbass commercials they both flooded the airwaves with. I wish this could be blamed solely on the liberal side of the fence, at least then I could point to a culprit. But both sides are taking turns screwing us---all I'm asking is that we demand more and better.
Bren October 23, 2011 at 05:54 AM
Luvtoroam, the Tea Party is an astroturf initiative created by the Koch brothers. Did you never question how they are so well funded and why they get so much corporate-owned media attention whenever a few dozen of them stand in a park or get bused somewhere? Participants are far-right Republicans. The smoke of mirrors that these were Independents was disproven. I thought everyone knew that, which was why their polling numbers (and for their darlings like Michelle Bachman) are falling. Guess I was wrong.
Bren October 23, 2011 at 06:05 AM
Hey Cow, MPS lost more than 500 positions because of the funding cuts. With global competition at an all-time high, is this the time to slash and burn children's education? I know some people like to take away from others what they don't have themselves, but children are the future. What kind of selfish monster wants to take opportunities and education away from children?
Steve October 23, 2011 at 06:48 AM
Bren- MPS signed contract before Walker's bill could go in effect. They put unions ahead of students and laid off teachers instead of using the savings from the BRB to keep all teachers and provide improved education to students. The only districts that had to lay off, which was few and far between, were those that put the union first and rushed through new contracts. I am surprised this is the first you herd of this. Most districts that followed the BRB are now seeing a surplus. That surplus is to be paid to the Koch brothers in cash by the end of the month in an undisclosed location.
sashha October 27, 2011 at 06:45 PM
I agree that, in general, people are just not aware enough of the issues - and I admit that I don't take as much time as I should in reading and learning more. (note to self to learn more about the issues) And I am more appalled every election cycle as to the ridiculously excessive costs - many more entities or people could benefit by those millions of dollars wasted in campaigning. DJ makes great points - turn off the TV and the sound bites and actually read the platforms of the candidates and 2 - all of us need to think critically about the importance of our votes and to make intelligent independent choices.

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