In the United States, our findings
indicate, the majority does not rule -- at least not in the causal
sense of actually determining policy outcomes. When a majority of citizens disagrees with
economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose.
Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the U.S.
political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor
policy change, they generally do not get it. Gilens
"As long as politics is the shadow cast on society by
big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the
substance." John Dewey
A society committed to the notion that government is
always bad will have bad government.
... that the thing we were once most proud of -- this
our republic-- is the one thing that we have all learned to ignore.
Government is an embarrassment. It has lost the capacity to make the
most essential decisions. And slowly it begins to dawn upon us: a ship
that can't be steered is a ship that will sink." Lawrence Lessig: Republic, Lost
"The US Congress is possibly one of the most
dysfunctional governance institutions/organizations on the planet
(followed all too closely by the Supreme Court and the Presidency)
given its enormous resources and historical context. Their inability to
grasp the real nature of the economic woes and to find solutions that
will help, for example, the working poor, is having a major negative
impact on human happiness, but it is insidious and subtle in how it
plays out. Discerning exactly how it works is a lot like trying to
ascertain how global warming is “causing” any particular weather
catastrophe. We know the causal links exist but tracing them through
all of the connections in a complex network of relations is a daunting
Civilization Collapse 3.0
No government has the right to decide on the truth
of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the
character of the questions investigated. Neither may a
government determine the aesthetic value of artistic
creations, nor limit the forms of literary or artistic expression.
Nor should it pronounce on the validity of
economic, historic, religious, or philosophical doctrines.
Instead it has a duty to its citizens to maintain the freedom,
to let those citizens contribute to the further adventure
and the development of the human race. Richard Feynman. The Meaning of It All.
Republicans claim they want
smaller government, but they are always willing to lavish resources on
the military. They do not recognize that
for decades military action has failed to
serve any purpose except to reward war profiteers.
What they actually mean by smaller government is that they
would cut social programs, and
currently they are attempting to cut barganing rights and compensation
of public employees including pensions.
Cutting pensions, for Republicans, is always a way to dodge budget difficulties. In the private sector it
is a way to dip into a honey pot for oligarchs.
Combined with other Republican initiatives, like austerity, welfare reform, tax reform, and others it is clear that the
result is impoverishment of the working
Republican government is pushing
most people into debt servitude for the benefit of oligarchs who actually do run things.
Much government activity, trade agreements,
law, intelligence, is carried out in secret because it favors the 1% and is often
Apparently we cannot have both a large military
and a government that serves people, so people must suffer. The price
of empire includes abandoning human rights,
destroying civil liberties,
hollowing out the economy, and, since blowback is inevitable, making us
much less safe.
The Fascist police state doesn't care about its people. We learned that from the Germans.
Rep. DebraLee Hovey (R-112), State
Chairman; Public Safety and Elections Task Force Rep. John Piscopo (R-76), Second Vice
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Energy, Environment and
Agriculture Task Force and International Relations Task Force member Rep. Al Adinolfi (R-103); Health and
Human Services Task Force Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113); Health and
Human Services Task Force Rep. Whit Bett (R-78); Health and Human
Services Task Force Rep. Penny Bacchiochi (R-52);
International Relations Task Force Rep. Themis Klarides (R-114); Public
Safety and Elections Task Force Rep. Bill Aman (R-14); Tax and Fiscal
Policy Task Force Rep. Vincent J. Candelora (R-86); Tax
and Fiscal Policy Task Force Rep. Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-70);
Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force Rep. Christie Carpino (R-32); Civil
Justice Task Force Rep. David K. Labriola (R-131); Civil
Justice Task Force Rep. John T. Shaban (R-135); Civil
Justice Task Force Rep. Christopher Davis (R-57); Tax and
Fiscal Policy Task Force Rep. Christopher Coutu (R-47);
Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Rep. Dan Carter (R-2); Commerce,
Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Rep. Fred Camillo, Jr. (R-151);
Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143); Education
Task Force Rep. Michael Molgano (R-125); Education
Task Force Rep. Timothy LeGeyt (R-17); Education
Task Force Rep. Lawrence Miller (R-122);
Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force
Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-17), State
Chairman  Sen. Michael McLachlan (R-24); Energy,
Environment and Agriculture Task Force
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