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familycarlyle:

Nick Carnes lists 5 points in support of his argument, backs them up with some very interesting (or depressing, depending) figures, most of them sourced from OpenSecrets.org and the Center for Responsive Politics.

Found at Vox.

"…Members with more personal wealth are more likely to oppose the estate tax. Members who are more privileged care less about reducing economic inequality. It really matters that we have such a white-collar government…

Perhaps it wouldn’t matter so much that working-class Americans are all but absent inside our political institutions if they had a powerful voice outside our political institutions. But that’s not true either. For a host of different reasons, the voices of working-class Americans are getting harder and harder for politicians to hear.

Unions — which traditionally advocated the interests of lower-income and working-class Americans — have been shrinking for the last 50 years, thanks in large part to government policies that make it difficult for workers to organize

Moreover, lobbying has become a multi-billion-dollar industry. And that’s probably only the tip of the iceberg…

Elections are more expensive than ever. Want to be a member of Congress? You’re going to have to raise millions of dollars…

The problem for reformers who want to make the government more representative of and responsive to blue-collar workers is that their efforts need to pass through our white-collar government…

These reforms ask politicians who are succeeding in the current political system to change that system so they’re less likely to succeed in it.”

(via terribleminds)

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doctordisaster:

Nick Offerman’s primer on the Bill of Rights for congressional correspondents.

(Skip to 9:05 for the good stuff — tumblr’s code prevents time jumps)

So great. Notice the crowd does not laugh very much! LOL.

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"We, the people, demand that an amendment to the Constitution be added to remove private money from the campaign and election processes of our government representatives. All campaigns and elections should be publicly financed to remove the disproportionate influence the few have over the many in our lawmaking and policy process. Give us back our democracy—now!"

MoveOn Petitions - Take Back Our Democracy, Now! ¡Recuperar la democracia ahora!

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"Black Sky" - Turning Violet (by Turning Violet)

New song up on my Youtube! This one has a few skips because my computer is apparently on its last legs…. *weeps*

I’ll add the lyrics soon.

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"In the two years that the democrats had the White House, the House, and the Senate, we got Wall Street reform, student loan reform, credit card reform, healthcare reform obviously, the fair pay act, expanding of the GI bill, they re-authorized the children’s health insurance program, expanded national service programs, fixed the sentencing disparity for crack versus powdered cocaine. We got the 9/11 first responders bill, we got the hate crimes act, they ratified the Start treaty between us and Russia on nuclear weapons, they repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, they did cash for clunkers, they did the stimulus which included the largest middle-class tax cuts ever. That was all done by the Congress that was elected at the same time as President Obama in 2008. They were elected in November 2008, sworn in January 2009 and over the next 2 years they got all of those things done. Then, the republicans did really well in the midterms, and republicans took control of the House for the first time in years and, John Boehner became Speaker. And since then, there has not been a single significant piece of legislation enacted into law."

— Rachel Maddow, 9/30/13 (via bouffantofbaul)

(Source: alexaaact, via terribleminds)

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"The US budget is like a 1st grader playing Oregon Trail. Spend all the money on ammunition so you can shoot at stuff, then wonder why your wagon is falling apart and everyone is dying of dysentery."

Malhavoc430 // Reddit (via mattchew03)

That’s it. That’s the whole government.

(via elizabitchez)

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zohbugg:

congress has run out of excuses to not get anything done

Ha!

zohbugg:

congress has run out of excuses to not get anything done

Ha!

(Source: mibishibi)

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The Internal Revenue Service’s screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than has been previously disclosed, the new head of the agency acknowledged Monday. Terms including ‘‘Israel,’’ ‘’Progressive’’ and ‘‘Occupy’’ were used by agency workers to help pick groups for closer examination, according to an internal IRS document obtained by The Associated Press.

…Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan, top Democrat on the Ways and Means panel, said he was writing a letter to J. Russell George, the Treasury Department inspector general whose audit in May detailed IRS targeting of conservatives, asking why his report did not mention other groups that were targeted.

‘‘The audit served as the basis and impetus for a wide range of congressional investigations and this new information shows that the foundation of those investigations is flawed in a fundamental way,’’ Levin said.

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Documents show IRS also screened liberal groups - Taxes - Boston.com

WELL, WELL, WELL.

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"We, the people, demand that an amendment to the Constitution be added to remove private money from the campaign and election processes of our government representatives. All campaigns and elections should be publicly financed to remove the disproportionate influence the few have over the many in our lawmaking and policy process. Give us back our democracy—now!"

MoveOn Petitions - Take Back Our Democracy, Now!

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doctordisaster:

mideastbymidwest:

an Egyptian 12-year-old does a better job of explaining the Egyptian conflict & reasons behind it than the entire press corps combined.

You forgot to say “in just three minutes.”

Holy crap. Genius child. And pro women’s rights too! <3

Tags: egypt politics