Anything that goes against what the corporate powers that be is demonized and twisted into a different form through their media outlets to create something that the ill-informed will swallow it no questions asked. Anyone that speaks out against what is obviously wrong with the system is turned into an enemy, while the one’s violating our rights and freedoms are treated like benevolent kings. Recently there have been many successful efforts to subjugate the poorer voters in this country. These measures have passed and it will become difficult for poorer and elderly people to vote in this country. The reason for this is simple, poor people and minorities are more likely to vote for Obama in the coming election and they have more numbers than those that will not.
TERM LIMITS FOR CONGRESS I believe that term limits should be placed on our Congressmen and women because it would allow for a more efficient Congress. The current Congress is in shambles, a dismal failure and is in desperate need of new ideas, procedures, and influence. With term limits in place, Congress will be more responsible toward their constituents because they themselves will soon be constituents. They will have to live under and abide by the laws they created while in office. They’ll have less time in office to develop money ties to lobbyists and other special interest groups, thereby weakening the threat of lobbyists being able to influence legislation.
Poverty may mean that crime is the only way that the working class can survive, as crime may e the only way that they can obtain the consumer goods encouraged by the capitalist advertising, resulting in utilitarian crimes such as theft. However, it isn’t always utilitarian crime that the working class commit as sometimes the alienation and lack of control over their lives may lead to frustration and aggression which results in non-utilitarian crimes such as vandalism and violence. Marxist’s sometimes argue the state and law-making are a cause of crime because they believe that all laws serve the ruling class, most law is based on protecting private property. The crimes of the working class and ethnic minorities are punished harshly while crimes of the powerful go unnoticed. The ruling class also have the power to prevent the introduction of laws that would threaten their interests.
The sad fact is that the United States system of funding presidential campaigns remains elitist and undemocratic. A public funding system that would make the process more equitable does exist, but is largely unused because it is badly underfunded. In the absence of public funds that would allow them to be competitive, political office seekers depend upon a relative handful of individuals whose large contributions make up the bulk of the money they raise. Special interests by spreading their wealth to all contestants are able to reduce the likelihood that they will be held accountable for their misdeeds. In conclusion, there are various advantages and disadvantages presented on whether campaign financing will ultimatelly benefit.
Representative democracy is basically when there is a competition between leaders to earn as much votes as possible. It's the most common form of government used today. The other interpretation or meaning is known as direct or participatory democracy. This kind of democracy is when a government has all or the majority of its citizens participating in some way, either making policy or holding office. Economist Joseph Schumpeter's definition of democracy is that in order to become a leader, you have to go into a competitive struggle with someone else and gain the citizens votes.
Wheelan continues to say although it seems inhumane to have employees in sweatshops working for meager wages, it gives people jobs who otherwise may have no job at all. Also, lower prices are the equivalent of higher incomes. Wheelan also mentions that world trade opens the doors of domestic business to other countries which increases investment and business. Trade is one beautiful process. In conclusion, Wheelan strongly asserts the point that the economy is always changing, and factors like GDP and inflation will never stay the same.
Whether it’s open voting or polling concerning such issues, the odds are against them. Hence, they are taxed heavily to serve the majority who are middle and low income. It’s no wonder they use their power to influence congress. They would rather spend some of their money influencing legislatures, than have to pay more in taxes in the long run. Don’t get me wrong, I am for the taxes for the wealthy, but I’m not for exorbitant taxes.
Because of the concern over the high campaign costs people have tried to find solutions. In 1938 Common Cause tried to have Congress pass a law so that PAC’s wouldn’t be so financially involved in elections. Elections are very expensive and when campaigns are privately funded it gives them an unfair advantage. It becomes unfair because the wealthy candidate will most likely win. Another thing is the candidate will be under the control of the elite.
With the way the government is set up the people who govern the country have to think about what is best for the average citizen. Due to this America is one of the only places on earth where a government should fear its citizens, although on a side note I think that all governments should fear their citizens. The laws were and still are made with the benefits of the average citizen in mind but the benefit the elite slightly more than the
Nevertheless, progressive reformers and the federal government were for the most part effective in bringing reform to the political, economic, and social problems throughout the country in the early 1900’s. Political problems during the Progressive Era were big issues due to the previous role of the political machine, a political organization contained of a boss and many people underneath who used bribery to obtain votes for their respective parties. The abuse of political machines pushed reformers toward the idea of a greater democracy. The most important reform in politics throughout the early 1900’s was that of the direct primary. The idea that voters could choose presidential candidates was new because normally only a select number of people would be able to do so.