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  •  Demand public financing of elections!!! (25+ / 0-)

    There is a way to fix the buying and selling of our president (BTW, it is not just the president that is bought and sold, but senators, representatives, state legislatures, and even judges).

    The way to fix the buying and selling of holders of our public offices is to end a system where private money funds election to public office.  ALL elections to public office should be funded entirely with public money, and the giving of private financial gifts to public office holders and seekers should be prohibited entirely.

    I am willing to bet that Pres. Obama came to public office with the best of intentions.  But along the way he became corrupted.  He became corrupted because running for office requires money.  In order to get that money Obama solicited and received financial gifts from private sources.  Those giving the money want something in return, and having taken their money, Obama is obliged to return the favor.  

    The process of running for public office here in America is inherently corrupting.  

    Under a system where public money funds all elections, the public official no longer owes an obligation to the wealthy few.  The public official can then decide on laws and policy guided by their what they think is best, instead of what their wealthy backers want.  This will not stop bad actors from getting into office, but will end a process that perforce corrupts the best actors as they attain office.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 07:32:00 AM PDT

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    •  Funding is one piece. We need a caucus system (2+ / 0-)
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      to select our candidates that works across all 50 states and represents the will of the majority, not just provincial Iowa and New Hampshire.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 12:56:13 PM PDT

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    •  The paid ads ammount to about 5% of the value (7+ / 0-)

      of the corporate message pounded home during the "news" broadcasts.

      We saw what they did to Howard Dean when he made a single soft peep about busting the media trusts (which were far less powerful then).  It's not that he was not well financed.

      They control the message.  It's like we're in a one newspaper frontier town where the publisher has complete control of the media.

      It doesn't MATTER if both candidates have an equal amount of money to take out ads.  The acceptable frame of debate will be decided by that publisher.  Anyone he decides to paint as a nut will be seen as a nut.

      Mr. Universe is a known degenerate Robotophile, and his sources include former Browncoat Traitors. What is their agenda in leaking top secret information about the Reavers and endangering us all?

      by JesseCW on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 02:43:39 PM PDT

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      •  One of these moments... (3+ / 0-)
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        I remember was when Larry King hosted a roundtable for the Democratic Presidential candidates back in 2004.  Kucinich was trying to explain single payer health care - Larry says "But that's socialism!" and cuts him off.  That's the end of the conversation.

    •  This is the goal. This is where we have to get to, (2+ / 0-)

      somehow. Big Money has totally corrupted our politics, from top to bottom. Until we fix this structural defect in our system, we will continue to be ruled by the 1%, and monitored by their enforcers the MIC.

    •  But public financing of elections... (1+ / 0-)
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      Is just another subsidy to the media conglomerates.  Instead of public financing of elections, why don't we just cut out the middle man?  For each public election, have a series of time blocks set aside for campaigning.  This could be a series of debates, or if a debate isn't practical, statements from candidates on a certain issue.  

      Then, mandate that every single network show all of these public statements.  And on the day of the election, carry an election day reminder every fifteen minutes.  

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