August 20, 2014


Robert Reich: 

The Disease of American Democracy

"Their conclusion: "The preferences of the average American appear to have only a miniscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy."

Instead, lawmakers respond to the policy demands of wealthy individuals and monied BUSINESS interests -- those with the most lobbying prowess and deepest pockets to bankroll campaigns.

Before you're tempted to say "duh," wait a moment. Gilens' and Page's data come from the period 1981 to 2002. This was before the Supreme Court opened the floodgates to big money in Citizens United, prior to SuperPACs, and before the Wall Street bailout.

So it's likely to be even worse now."