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…So, with the most recent BLS data, 20% of the popular vote would be less than 48 million people. Of course, let’s be frank. Neither political party wants every American to vote. Voter suppression in both parties is as American as apple pie. The Republicans don’t want all of those people they have thrown under the bus to come to the polls. And, the Democrats don’t want all of those voters showing up that they endlessly lie to with empty promises. If one person-one vote democracy was really an intent under a system controlled by political parties, money couldn’t buy a politician, we would have a national voting day where everyone had the day off, we would have a system that truly educates people on issues rather than one of demagogy and lies, we would provide free public transportation to those unable to get to the polls themselves and numerous other incentives for people to vote. The smaller the turnout, the more the status quo benefits in a system of looting, pillaging, exploitation and corruption. Or so their perception goes… – link
One thing is certain – both corporate puppets support the system that is killing you:
An important point was brought up by Alex Smith of EcoShock Radio about the numbers in this post. The list of top campaign contributors by Opensecrets does not include the dark world of Super PACs and other tax-exempt groups which can shield the identity of their donors – a billion spent on the presidential race. See the comments section of this post for further details.
Ha, kind of bizarre that PWC is on Romney’s list when they just issued this report: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/blog/pwc-climate-change-reduction-business-investments
And what is a public university doing donating funds to a politician?
That is bizarre, and that’s why I say we are ‘well and truly fucked’. The dog is biting and eating its own tail. A relative of mine had a dog that ate its own tail.
As far as the University campaign donations:
Alex Smith said:
I doubt this list is accurate. For example, Jon Stewart, or was it Bill Maher, claimed to have given the Obama campaign a check for one million dollars. Where is that in the list?
And none of this includes the many millions spent by third parties under Citizens United – like all those “oil and gas” are good for you (so vote for Romney ads).
If we add up the numbers in this list, it doesn’t come close to the more than 1 billion spend by each candidate.
Hello Alex, I enjoy your show. The latest one looks very interesting – Ravaging Tide or Renewable World?
The problem with the Opensecrets data [Center for Responsive Politics] is that it does not include money from tax-exempt ‘outside groups’ who hide the identity of their donors, as you imply: