Politics Of Money…

No shit Sherlock…this is news?

Princeton, considered one of the elite universities in the world and a filthy rich educational institute, actually needed to spend time and money investigating this obvious premise?

The rich always win, lead, manipulate. Even if you do not read the news or watch TV newscasts, tune into a few episodes of, House of Cards.

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I have frequently commented that if I were stinkin’ rich I would never have to handle the issues in life that bog me down. I could pay someone to deal with the aggravation.

For instance, the waterfall from above in my New York City apartment. Damages have amounted to $100,000 and what about my time, energy and mental anguish?

If I had a seemingly endless stream of money and power, I could sue their irresponsible butts. My hesitation now is the hourly legal billing because the man of the house is a high powered attorney who would represent himself and employ stalling tactics…get my drift.

Recent Supreme Court decisions (thanks Scalia and Roberts) allowing more money in politics through Citizens United (supports conservatives and money in politics) or the new escape clause in the recent ruling on McCutcheon v. FEC (Federal Election Commission) hasn’t helped matters.

While the ruling overturned limits on aggregate federal campaign contributions, it did not affect limits on the dollar amount a person can give to an individual politician’s campaign, which remain at $2,600 per election. In my opinion this ruling has ruined the unbiased election process. This has been a long term trend and hard to reverse.

Many voters buy into the bias, the tainted ads spewing misconceptions in politicial advertising, TV commercials and automated phone solicitation. You cannot make those buys without money. Richie richs like the Hunt Brothers can sway voters to their way of thinking.

The line between opinion and news has really become blurred, especially if you are a devotee of Fox News.

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Researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page deduced that well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of the will of the majority of voters.

In the United States, the top 1 percent own 50.4 percent of the wealth, a disparity unseen since World War l.

“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy,” they write, “while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”

That’s discouraging, but makes me want to push back even harder.

The 99% of us who are not among the elite must get involved…remember, hope springs eternal.

The U.S.A. maybe trending oligarghic, but it is still at its’ heart a democracy and it is a hell of a lot better alternative to the countries that use the oligarchy system of government…Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, Pakistan and Tunisia….none of which are even on my vacation bucket list. 

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