Posts Tagged ‘Two Party Monopoly’

The Beltway Beast

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 – One cannot underestimate the power of the Beltway Beast, whose tentacles tap into every city, county, and state. But there is so much more to the Beltway Beast’s immensity and complexity. The Beltway consists of Washington, D.C., and surrounding counties, and the Beast includes defense contractors, lobbyists, Wall Street, think tanks, advocacy groups, journalists, foreign agents, and everyone else who wants something from our government. All of these congregate in the Beltway and are actively engaged in soliciting legislative favors and taxpayers’ money. Then there is Congress and the White House, which both need the lobbyists and Wall Street for campaign funds. All of these groups are living in a bubble that makes the Beltway Beast. (more…)

Freedom to Choose our Leaders

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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We are supposed to be a democracy “of the people, for the people, and by the people.” U.S. lawmakers are all for more competition–just as long as they do not have to compete. This reality is underscored by the incumbency rate of almost 80% in the House and the Senate since 1964, according to a study by the Center for Responsive Politics. (more…)