A large coalition of very large donors, businesses and activists are pushing for New York to adopt a system of publicly financed elections.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday April 12, 2012 4:02 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 3, 2011 4:20 pm|
This particular poll result from Pew Research does a very good job of encapsulating the mood of the country and revealing why the 99 percent movement has managed to gain so much steam over the past month and a half. In these economic hard times strong majorities say that the government doesn’t do enough for regular people such as seniors, the middle class, poor people and children. Yet an overwhelming 64 percent of the country instead feels our government does too much to help the wealthy.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday February 23, 2011 6:20 pm|
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s (R) immediate and lengthy private conversation with Ian Murphy of Buffalo Beast pretending to be a Koch brother is a great reminder of the incredibly easy two-step process for how to get a powerful politician to listen to your thoughts and concerns.
Step 1: Donate millions of dollars directly and indirectly help politicians get elected.
Step 2: The politicians will take your calls.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday February 2, 2011 6:25 pm|
The bane of any functioning government system is corruption. Corruption doesn’t just cause unfair and poor allocation of resources, it eventually undermines faith in the government. This, in turn, can create an extremely destructive, self-reinforcing, downward spiral, eventually undermining the entire system.
The frightening thing for America is that there exists three main forms of political corruption, but, in this country, only one is illegal.
|By: Eli Friday July 9, 2010 6:01 pm|
We like to think that we live in a democracy, but the sad reality is that the US is a democracy in much the same way that the UK is a monarchy. The American voter has become a figurehead who controls very little, if anything.
|By: Eli Tuesday May 11, 2010 6:01 pm|
Government regulatory agencies and congressional oversight committees are captured by the industries they’re supposed to regulate. Massive and supposedly unforeseen disaster occurs as a result. Public is outraged. Congress and President seize the moment to demand sweeping reform. And then… well, not so much. The reforms that eventually get passed never seem to go as far as they should, and the industries responsible emerge largely unscathed.