Congress during Obama’s Speech

Both Republicans and Democrats Hate Money in Politics — So Why is it Still a Problem?

And, how I’m hoping this Shahid fellow can help out

  1. Functional collusion between republicans and democrats on the issues of finances. Although democrats have historically paid lip service to standing up to “big business”, over the past decade they have failed to do this in any practical way. The democrats oversaw the passing of many pro-corporation, laws like the bank bailouts, and many of them have big-business and wall-street lobbyists financially backing them. This corporate backing leads to them passing pro-business laws, despite their superficial egalitarian claims.
  2. Intentionally obscuring the true nature of the laws being passed, through confusing wording or messaging around it. For instance, 80% of Americans believed campaign finance laws were corrupt, or would of had the purpose of “helping current congress members get reelected.” (Jason Stanley, How Propaganda Work). Actually, these laws were in place to set limits on how much individuals could contribute to a campaign, and these limits were removed in 2014. But, there was enough confusion about what the law meant that many people didn’t object, because they believed a corrupt law was being removed.
  3. Only allowing people who are able to raise massive sums of money to run for congress. This isn’t a legal requirement, but has historically been a functional requirement. Elections are so expensive, that only the very rich — or people with connections to them — have been able to run for political office. This mean, naturally, that the interests of the rich are prioritized by politicians, because they are either rich themselves, or need to rely on the rich to get re-elected.
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