At the rate we're going, the 2016 election is likely to be the most expensive in history -- and the moneyed interests will be responsible for most of it. Our democracy is broken, and we must fix it. Easy to say, but how do we do it?
The dust from the 2014 election is still settling, but at over $4 billion spent on the midterm elections, this campaign season was record breaking. And with the average American household earning $53,046a year, regular citizens cannot participate in elections.
With state and federal incumbents dependent on wealthy donors, it is unrealistic to think that they will pass legislation to reverse economic inequality. Their patrons will look unfavorably upon such initiatives.
When will the public wake up to the pointlessness and waste in campaign finance? If the president can now strong-arm the Congress to pass a version of the original Simpson-Bowles plan, the election will have been a success
We must look at new ways to build coalitions that can promote big D democratic values. We need to get past our myopic obsession with "likely voters" and start reaching out to the constituencies that vote occasionally or are registered, but do not participate.