Saturday, October 30, 2010
Money drives the US political machine
Unfortunately, the US political system, which is dominated by the monopoly of the Democrats and Republicans and characterized ubiquitous political influence and manipulation, is fueled by money. Most Americans are not wealthy. So the US political system favors a minority.
The 2010 US Congressional elections are on course to reach a new all-time high in political contributions, an estimated 4 billion in political contributions to both Senate and Congressional candidates.
Ironically, the US federal government is the most significant global supporter of its style of democracy, spending millions every year for example through the National Endowment of Democracy and International Republican Institute. Yet, by the same token, not surprisingly the US federal government is the most significant global supporter of its style of democracy, because of the US system's inherent bias to minority interests, and the US government's strong ability to control elections anywhere in the world through money.
US Congressional elections on course to reach new high in political contributions