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    about these issues. They have very sensible views. What they don't have is a way to influence politicians that's comparable with the massive amounts of money the FIRE sector can pour into the process.  Even when we put good politicians in, they can get no traction, because you would need massive numbers of politicians who have the courage of heroes to stand up against both the bribe attempts and the blackmail--  not only personal blackmail but economic threats against Congresscritters' own districts--that constantly circulate on the Hill. In addition, these new legislators would have to be willing to sometimes fight their own parties, which are currently filled with people who don't have the courage of heroes and are either afraid to stand up against the blackmail--or don't even make it that far morally, because they fall for the graft.

    So, while I am not despairing over our government, I don't see the way forward. Certainly ramping up GOTV and turnout numbers is an insufficient answer to the problem of why Elizabeth Warren doesn't have enough power to accomplish something as traditional and basic as the law applying to both rich and poor (though penalties have always been much MUCH worse on the poor than the rich, we've rarely been as brazen as this, with the Attorney General of the United States admitting to the Senate that he can't prosecute people on Wall St because the bankers would have a hissy fit in response that would wreck our economy.)

    "When people spin this in partisan terms to obfuscate the truth, it does a real disservice to normal people not in the big club in DC. Many of them will be hurting...That is why I write."--priceman

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri May 17, 2013 at 09:21:29 AM PDT

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