Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Big Money Talks, Democracy Walks, System Fails

Now Topping $6 Billion Per Cycle 

Top of List Where Others Follow

Old adage and a quote I subscribe to — it is one of my favs: 

“When somebody says it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.”  ― H. L. Mencken

It's always about the money - the more the merrier, or in our corrupt political system, the more, the merrier. Buy votes, buy power, buy office holders and then call it only “good access.” Even the courts say “money is speech,” thus it follows that the more you have, the more you can pour into politics, and thus possess the biggest vocab list in town along with your huge set of dictionaries and ergo: the more verbose you are. How silly that sounds.

So, what is the net gain, or in the case of most voters, the net loss? The above chart shows graphically the cost of getting the best government that money can buy, but seldom does it result in effective working government – witness the current Congress. They are stuck on stupid and yet have both grubby hands out stretched seeking more money to stay (or get) in office.

This is a pretty good segment (about 6-minutes) about how secretive the process firsthand by a reporter under cover who wrote a book about it.

B/L as it were: Haven't we heard a lot of people in office say, “If we have only transparency then that makes a better process, since the people know who is giving and who is receiving.” Were that true – which it is not.

The two upcoming election cycles (2014 and 201) will set new records. So, who runs this show anyway? For sure it's not the people that it impacts the most in the end. 

We never learn. Another take on a popular cliché  “It's the money and we are stupid.” Need a solution? Try the nearest mirror. 

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