Devil’s Advocate: What is the point of voting for someone – Democrat or Republican – if the campaigns for the candidates from both parties are funded by Billionaires/Oligarchs? Democracy loses either way.

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May 22, 2019 by epoetus

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photo credit to Forbes magazine

This is the conundrum that voters have been grappling with for over 40 years, and the voters have hoped that the situation would get better. It hasn’t.

 
“By lavishing spending on both Republicans and Democrats, the ultrawealthy receive access and influence to block the aggressive, progressive policy agenda that Americans favor by overwhelming margins,” Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, said in a press statement. “Our democracy can’t function if the plutocrat class maintains an iron grip on American election campaigns.” – Truthout

 
“The financial industry represented 74 percent of funding for pro-Democrat outside spending efforts” — Truthout

 
“In late June 2017, Texas political mega-donor Doug Deason had a stern message for Republicans seeking campaign donations: The “Dallas piggy bank” was closed until they repealed Obamacare and passed major tax cuts.” – Mother Jones

 
The typical return on investment for campaign contributions is often thought of as being $10 returned for every dollar invested in a politician’s campaign, but some calculations go up to $119 per dollar invested. Some reports even say it’s higher — $760 per dollar. Obviously there is a lot of money to be made in purchasing elected officials.

 

And democracy suffers. So what is the solution? We the people need to elect politicians who understand that our democracy is not working, and who understand that their most important job is to bring democracy back. For example, how do we plan to keep the planet from being fried for profits via global warming if we do not bring democracy back first? The Corporations and the rich will not fund pro democracy candidates on either party, because there will not be any money to be made by them, so it is up to us to promote them. We the people need to make democracy an issue for upcoming political campaigns, because the mainstream media will not bring the attention to it that it deserves.

 
Truthout on the focus for Democratic campaign contributors
https://truthout.org/articles/hedge-fund-billionaires-were-democrats-main-bankrollers-in-2018/

The Intercept
https://theintercept.com/2018/11/29/no-labels-nancy-pelosi-speaker-house-no-labels/

Open Secrets. Org – 2018 election cycle campaign contributors
https://www.opensecrets.org/overview/topindivs.php

Republicans focus for campaign contributions
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/02/billionaires-flooded-republicans-coffers-just-before-the-tax-cuts-passed/
Return on Investment for campaign contributions — $119/$1
http://priceofoil.org/fossil-fuel-industry-influence-in-the-u-s/
Return on Investment for campaign contributions – $760/$1
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-16/words-greatest-investment-every-dollar-spent-influencing-us-politics-corporations-ge

 

3 thoughts on “Devil’s Advocate: What is the point of voting for someone – Democrat or Republican – if the campaigns for the candidates from both parties are funded by Billionaires/Oligarchs? Democracy loses either way.

  1. Mac langford says:

    What is the point? Many, but perhaps the most critical can be summed up in two words: Supreme Court.

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  2. Walt Cooter says:

    What democracy? Our form of government has been an oligarchy since its inception. The rich white land holders have run this country and using the common man to support their control,fight their wars and make them more money. We have been systematically subjugated in every aspect of our lives. Just because I refuse to vote for the lesser of two evils I will vote for the best choice available to me even if they lose.

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  3. David A Turnoy says:

    The only two Democratic candidates not taking money from the big-monied interests are Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. While there is lots of talk of other so-called progressives not taking PAC money, in reality they are all cozying up to Wall Street. Until the national Democrats sever their connections with the monied interests, they will never do the work for the people that is needed.

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