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Sat Apr 19, 2014, 06:38 AM

Study: Popular movements strangled by influence of the wealthy elite in Congress

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/18/study-popular-movements-strangled-by-influence-of-the-wealthy-elite-in-congress/



Study: Popular movements strangled by influence of the wealthy elite in Congress
By Travis Gettys
Friday, April 18, 2014 12:19 EDT

A forthcoming study found that ordinary citizens exert little influence on the political process, even when they form coalitions to compete against corporate interests.

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“The basic idea is that maybe ordinary citizens don’t have a whole lot of influence on their own, but they’re represented by groups,” said co-author Benjamin Page, a Northwestern University political science professor.

He said, in theory, everyone ought to be represented “pretty well” in the U.S. political system, but “it turns out that’s just not true.”

“Mass-based interest groups have much less influence than corporations and business-oriented groups,” Page said. “If you like the idea of democracy, it’s got to be a little disturbing.”

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unhappycamper Apr 2014 OP
Demeter Apr 2014 #1
raouldukelives Apr 2014 #2
tecelote Apr 2014 #3
zeemike Apr 2014 #4
CrispyQ Apr 2014 #5
fasttense Apr 2014 #6
Doctor_J Apr 2014 #7
barbtries Apr 2014 #8
DirkGently Apr 2014 #9
NoMoSTi May 2014 #10

Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Apr 19, 2014, 08:48 AM

1. Get the Moola Out of Congress, Permanently

 

amend the Constitution so that Roberts retires in disgust, and we'll see what kind of democracy we can have.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Apr 19, 2014, 09:09 AM

2. Anyone involved with Wall St is working & investing against us. And yeah, it's "disturbing".

For every person who tries to address environmental or economic justice, there are many invested against them and adding more fuel to the fire daily.
Some of them even wonder why things aren't getting better. Why we are voiceless. When all along, they are why.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Apr 19, 2014, 09:14 AM

3. Page said. “If you like the idea of democracy, it’s got to be a little disturbing.”

...because it is not a democracy.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Apr 19, 2014, 09:18 AM

4. Most of us knew that already.

But it is nice to see a study confirm it...some people require it.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Apr 19, 2014, 10:07 AM

5. How do we get our government back when the electoral process is as corrupt as ours is?

Big money, electronic voting, a compromised media, and an apathetic population. Sadly, the people who can change the process benefit from the current process. I still vote, but I do so with less & less enthusiasm each cycle & very little feeling that my vote makes a difference.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 19, 2014, 10:19 AM

6. By marching in the streets for months and months and.....

 

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Apr 19, 2014, 11:45 AM

7. we needed a study to figure this out?

 

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Apr 19, 2014, 11:53 AM

8. it plays out over and over and over

gun control. minimum wage. immigration reform. jobs. everything. lawmakers used to be public servants, now they are almost each and every one, there to get rich.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Apr 19, 2014, 11:47 PM

9. Apparently we need to wave checks, not signs.


Who knew?

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Wed May 7, 2014, 05:07 PM

10. I think it's scary...

These funders make me sick. No matter what we do, it's never enough!

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