Tuesday, November 8, 2016

How many voters give more than $1,000 to political candidates, and what proportion of the population and contributions do they represent?

Should you question those with less to lose,
who may think you have what they need, who may be saying what you want to hear,
while urging you to do what they don’t want to or wont.

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living in society,
they create for themselves, in the course of time,
a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

Frederic Bastiat

The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, 
whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite. 

Thomas Jefferson 

If political candidates raise money for advertising,
do election campaigns indirectly provide the incomes
of those relied on for unbiased analysis and endorsements?

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul, 
can always depend on the support of Paul.

George Bernard Shaw

If a few contribute the majority of large campaign donations that many can’t afford,
who works for whom, and what do the few usually expect in return
that most probably won’t receive?

Did some stabilize financial markets in the short term
to defend political legacies and financial interests,
regardless of long term consequences?

Fascism is capitalism in decay.

Vladimir Lenin 

If the National Football League’s revenue
comes from television contracts, licensed paraphernalia, and ticket sales
divided up between the teams in two conferences
and special interest and corporate contributions
are relatively divided up between two political parties
depending on who currently holds more power
do most fans and constituents tend to cheer for their team
even though the financial foundations of both systems
enrich both sides of the same businesses
who exclude all and/or most of the nonaffiliated from participation?