Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Answer to America's Problems: Taxpayer funded elections

Lawrence Lessig's NY Times Op-Ed, "More Money Can Beat Big Money", presents a credible alternative to our current state of allowing wealthy donors to control Congress.  Publicly funded elections, at all levels, is incredibly important to achieving democracy in America.  LET'S GET ON BOARD AMERICA!!!

Lessig writes:

"Despite the founders’ intentions, however, Congress has evolved from a dependency “upon the people,” to an increasing dependency upon the funders. Members spend 30 percent to 70 percent of their time raising money to stay in Congress, or to get their party back in power. Less than 1 percent of Americans give more than $200 in a political campaign. ...

So long as elections cost money, we won’t end Congress’s dependence on its funders. But we can change it. We can make “the funders” “the people.” Following Arizona, Maine and Connecticut, we could adopt a system of small-dollar public funding for Congress."

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