You think not? Think it 's Iraq, poverty, corruption, Medicare, Iran, the deficit, the idiots in the White House?
Bought and sold at every election.
A lot of attention has rightly been focused on K Street and the outrageous takeover of the government and laws of this country by corporations and their interests. Oil industry lobbyists and Ken Lay writing energy legislation? My god!
Well what do you expect? Prez, Vice and a host of others elected with oil money. They OWE them. Come on! Why do you think you 're forking over $3 a gallon? Purleeeze!
Don 't forget that corporations are not interested in a politician 's stripe. They just want their agenda pushed through so they can make as much money as possible, pay as few taxes as possible, with as few rules and regulations constraining them as possible.
Taking back the government for the people will need a great deal more than faith, trust, and voting for one millionaire over another. It requires a return to office of politicians who believe in public service, who get into politics because they want to make a difference for the better, not to get rich.
These people are out there. But they will never get elected. They are unable to stand. Where are they going to get the millions they need to finance a campaign, to buy the TV ads? And even if they got it, who do they owe? How can they be impartial once elected?
It is a self-perpetuating system stacked outrageously in favor of big money and against politicians of principle and the people of America, except the very rich.
McCain-Feingold was a start but hopelessly, woefully inadequate.
In England, we have a different system. I 'm not saying it 's perfect, it is very far from that, but it might be worth a look.
First, no candidate is allowed to accept donations from anybody, or any entity. All campaign donations must be sent to the party administrators.
After the election each candidate has to provide an accounting. If they are a penny over, they 're in trouble.
Meanwhile, anybody can stand in any seat for a $5000 deposit. You get less than 5% of the vote, you lose it. More than 5%, you get it back.