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  •  The basic problem is campaign finance (3+ / 0-)
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    MinnesotaMom, LaEscapee, GayHillbilly

    Everything you say is true, very true. But to fix it, even for democrats, requires fixing the financing of campaigns.

    As it stands now, everyone in public life at higher levels believes they have to campaign with television ads. These are very expensive, so the TV station owners love them. But this makes all elected politicians, especially at the national level, dependent on deep-pocketed donors.

    TV stations, which are highly profitable, should be required to provide a certain amount of free air time for political ads. And, campaigns should be limited in the number of weeks in which TV ads can appear. This would make it do-able for the TV stations. (Just a few weeks of free ads.)

    Finally, national politicians should be clearly made aware of the fact that their voters are not as conservative as they think they are, as several recent polls have shown.

    Additionaly, if it were possible to make all campaigns publicly financed, and such a rule could be made to stick, that would possibly be the most important single change.

    •  The stuff between the ads matters a lot more than (0+ / 0-)

      the ads do.

      income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

      by JesseCW on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 01:05:43 AM PDT

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