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  •  There is only one solution (6+ / 0-)

    Or, shall I say, one thing that needs to be fixed first.

    We must take money out of politics.

    Until we do that, there are no solutions, because we have allowed a system to evolve where the people with the money have the ear of our representatives.

    And, I really believe you should not be able to contribute to a candidate you cannot vote for.  The nationalization of local politics over the past decade or so has been the ruination of this country.

    That means closing down all the PACs and all the other third party ways people use (left and right) to influence elections they have no business sticking their noses into.  We have got away from the idea that a representative in Congress is responsible to those in his District only. No one else.  No party, no caucus, no one.

    •  We also need to Balkanize this country (3+ / 0-)

      The more independent republics we can carve out of this bloated mess, the better. Make the oversized money pot in DC useless and see how things begin to shift away from the proto-fascist corporate masters. Right now, we're easier to control as 50 cats in a bag as opposed to 50 cats let loose in a yard.

      Stupid Quaternary Period!

      by obatanga night on Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 06:50:28 AM PDT

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    •  It wouldn't hurt to take the money out (5+ / 0-)

      of media, while we're at it.  Hey, if we're going to dream, it might as well be big.

      The GOP will destroy anything they can't own.

      by AnnieR on Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 07:23:36 AM PDT

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    •  The thought... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...did occur to me.

      "We must take money out of politics.

      Until we do that, there are no solutions, because we have allowed a system to evolve where the people with the money have the ear of our representatives. ..."

      Since the only way you can get elected on the national level in the current system is to get on television, and outshout the other guy. The sheer cost of running an election virtually guarantees that only the wealthy get to play. And both sides of the aisle get to be owned by the powerful and wealthy interests that paid for their campaigns. Thus media and big business keep middle and working class candidates out of the system, and that's the way they like it.

      What th' heck do I know, I work for a living...

      by SamuraiArtGuy on Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 07:40:26 AM PDT

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      •  Media benefits, but only indirectly (1+ / 0-)
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        In most cases, media doesn't care who is buying the ads.  This past election season was a boon to local advertisers.  The few weeks before the election was nothing but campaign ads, back to back.

        Media could be handled fairly easily.  The FCC could force them to air x number of hours of campaign ads per week - free, or for a nominal charge - just for the privilege of having a license.  They already do it with Public Service announcements.

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