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Sun May 21, 2017, 02:06 PM

62. "minimize the influence of money in politics -- Is that an issue for anyone here?"

Really? or are you being sarcastic.

It is one of the major corruptions of any political system. Money, and the press, messaging, marketing, people it can buy should not be such a deciding influence in any election. Elections should be about deciding between ideas and vision not who can litter the airwaves, billboards, and back door bribes.

Elections should be publicly financed with a maximum set for all parties running. And then a maximum $ for personal donations, where all donors are on record. There should also be a certain amount of airtime granted by networks to express those views, equal among all parties running, on the "public airwaves" the owners of which are stewards of that and that privilege should have that requirement put on it. These practices are done in most every other western democracy. My gawd think of all the time Senators and House reps could spend actually doing their jobs! As it is now most of their time is spent hawking for more money, trying to find a way to outspend their rivals. It's simply unconscionable when you add all the dark money allowed after Citizen's United.

But many in the Democratic leadership, as in the GOP leadership, like it the way it is. For one they do not want the Green Party honing in making it easier for citizens to actually be able to hear them better. And the same with the GOP and the Libertarian party. That's why they both stick together to block any other parties from debates. Democrats shouldn't have to stoop to these levels, they should simply work to make their platform the best and not be afraid to fight on an even playing field. As it is they already have to fight against billions more raised by the GOP.

Its sad to see those that want to change so close to winning but not. One day the establishment Democrats will be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

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