One man, thirty five votes. I’m tired of pretending that democracy in the United States is anything at all as advertised. When the Supreme Court finished its series of decisions that American citizens do not have the power to write the rules of their own elections in a way that prevents the wealthy from swamping the process with money, it’s time to start talking about politics and policy in the United States in different terms. Moral ones, not process ones. The process has been compromised like a broken nuclear containment structure.
You can argue, if you like, that one percent of Americans owning thirty-five percent of the wealth in America does not massively undermine the political process. Count me as thinking that power follows money and always has and always will. So okay, the few have the big money and the big power now. And so, the big responsibility.
The budget catastrophe in Washington? Yes, I now blame the wealthy. They wanted their tax cuts more than budget stability. They got them, and they aim to keep them, no matter what. The public is completely confused as to the nature of the budget problem, and the wealthy are just AOK with that. Climate change? The wealthy and powerful have the sophistication and intelligence to understand full well what the science is and what the stakes are. They have chosen to remain silent, or worse, to deliberately confuse the public on this subject. With a few exceptions, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett among them, the wealthy elites have opted out of their leadership RESPONSIBILITIES on public policy necessities. Too few, too little, probably too late.