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  •  Your chances of running for national office (2+ / 0-)

    are pretty slim if you aren't wealthy and very well connected to wealthy interests. Take a look at opensecrets.org for average net worth of the senate and the house, as well as cabinet level officers of the executive branch. Do you think that is coincidence? They are all, on average, very well off.

    Remember Durbin stating that the Senate is owned by the banking industry?

    Pattern recognition is useful. It would take more time than I'm willing to spend to lay out the ample evidence, but yes, our government is largely owned by wealthy interests. Why do you think we're doing nothing about global warming? Or peak oil? Or the coming water shortages? Or renewable energy? Or making education affordable? Or raising wages to livable, humane levels? Or giving everyone publicly funded and thus better and more affordable health care? Or ending the constant wars? Why were the wealthy bankers bailed out after the crime of gambling away the economy, but homeowners were left at the mercy of robo-signing of fraudulent foreclosure documents.Whey weren't the people bailed out instead? Why are students with student loan debt left to the mercy of the predator banking industry?

    Why don't the wealthy Democrats in office spend some of their political capital educating people?

    No, this isn't a functioning democracy. If you read the history, you would realize it was set up to curtail too much democracy. In the first election, only something like 6% were allowed to vote (exclude women, blacks, Indians, whites without property, and there weren't many left over to vote).

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Sat May 18, 2013 at 06:37:29 PM PDT

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    •  Point taken. (0+ / 0-)

      Not sure if this changes my views about individual liberty and fluoridation, but I am familiar with what your talking about here.

      Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

      by AaronInSanDiego on Sat May 18, 2013 at 06:45:52 PM PDT

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