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TYT: How Congressmen Are Bought

Published on Aug 12, 2013

Freshmen in the US House Of Representatives learn very quickly that they need a lot of money to stay in power, as explained in a New York Times piece highlighting how Congressman in both parties are bought.

The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.



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maybe he'll get that democracy is nothing more than mob rules

The individual must be protected for a truly free and healthy society. The Constitution guarantees those protections.. Pretty pathetic many gov agencies and authorities are not held accountable by courts for their illegal activities.

Government is supposed to protect our freedom, our property, our privacy, not invade it. Ron Paul 2007

His solution is a bit naive and reminds me of some of ....

the blowhards right here on the DP.

During any given election cycle there are usually around 150 federal races that are decided by less than 5 points.

Excluding the president ... 5% of all the races account for 80% of campaign expenditures.

Assuming that money codifies the base and that there is at best 10% of the electorate that will decide an election and that both parties know exactly who is the 10%, are you beginning to see how naive this is?

Even if you assume that election fraud does not exist, all you need is an ad that effects 6% of the voting public to win an election. If you add election fraud to the equation sometimes it is a single percent of votes that decides an election.

Now assume that 99% of all candidates will find a justification to vote for corporate welfare if it affects their political or personal coffers.

Do you still think we are the government?

Now remember that you don't have to own property or be smart to vote. Every person over 18 can vote. Usually about 20% of the voting public is what is considered a "sophisticated voter".

Also, don't forget that in most states you need to be either a Republican or a Democrat if you wish to get elected, so the choice is either A or B ... either or ... it is not a multiple choice option.

And finally, in the recent past, the entire electorate received all their political information from less than 5 media conglomerates.

Our current election system did not simply randomly evolve to where we are now.

Public funding of elections is not going to change anything. It simply adds additional funding to a broken system.

The government is not us. The government does not even work for us.

One of the most overused and incorrect cliche's I have ever heard is that in politics, because of elections, "we get what we deserve."

But on the brighter side of things, this system is going to, very shortly, fix itself. We now have the internet. Those margins are being pushed by a percent or 2 each cycle and the cost to buy an election, as a consequence, is parabolically rising.

Soon, it will no longer be cost effective to buy a law.

That is when things get really exciting.

And I am going to be alive to see that.

God Bless.

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Maybe someday Cenk will

Maybe someday Cenk will totally "get it" but for now he still seems to think that the fox can guard the hen house.

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

don't like his solution

Campaign money coming from taxes. I favor just cutting out the middleman, the representatives. Electronic voting by citizens could be done instead

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I don't like his solution

I don't like his solution either but with your plan what would a citizen be voting on? I like the idea of representatives staying in their home districts and THEY can electronically vote. It seems to me that this would slash much of the lobbyist power and keep representatives more accountable to their constituents.

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

No. E-voting and optical ballot scanning are black box & broken.

Already we're seeing Russia numbers from districts that use optical ballot scanners or electronic voting machines. In last year's presidential primary Ron Paul lost his OWN DISTRICT in texas by over 80%. Dennis Kucinich in a redistricting vote lost by over 90%. Electronic voting in any format is just asking for abuse--explain to me why hand-counting of ballots in FL is now illegal except for court order?

E-voting is only hastening the decline of our non-democracy.

Jack Abramhoff, the convicted lobbyist

Wrote a book on this, the link is a C-Span interview with him after his release from prison. In the interview he describes the corruption and bribery at the highest levels in the government, its long but parts are absolutely chilling.