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Why Do We Let Political Parties Act Like Monopolies?

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'Through a series of anticompetitive tactics, the 2 political parties have created a hidden monopoly structure that accounts for a Congress with a 77 percent disapproval rating yet a nearly 90 percent re-election rate\. Thy grasp  that political world is made up mainly of partisan-drawn districts, where 90 percent of the seats in Congress are not competitive; controlling the primary process protects incumbents. If you make a living serving candidates  you do as they say because you can’t afford to be blackballed. During the 2018 midterms the parties spent nearly $2.5 billion . They even use legislation to ensure their advantage. In 2014 Congress voted to cap individual contributions to a federal PAC at $5,000, but thengave the PACs run by the two political parties — and only those PACs — a $106,500 limit, money they could divvy up however they choose.'

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Citizen's United did this to our democracy. "The solution is to restore congressional accountability to where it belongs, with voters. Just as our economic engine relies on competition to remain healthy, so does our democracy."


r else you can get a mongrel like McConnell who spit in our eyes, and literally says the he won't allow any legislation that we the people need, to come to the floor.


He needs to go!

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To answer the title, "Because we are a vassal of Israel, happily doing its bidding."

Submitted on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:05:30 PM

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Oi vey! That link was removed quickly.

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The article says "The solution is to restore congressional accountability to where it belongs, with voters." But I believe the voters are the problem. Half of us believe we need to vote for the Democrat in order to block the Republican and the other half believe the opposite. Both sides believe a vote for a third party candidate is wasted. Until we get beyond that false assumption we will remain vulnerable to this abuse by the duopoly.

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