Members of Congress, entrusted to represent the best interests of the average American, instead play out a stilted, ineffective soap opera on our TV screens, complete with phony discussions of fiscal cliffs and debt ceilings which take the place of real proposals for meaningful change in the country.
We have plenty of debate on whose budget numbers are fishy (Romney's) and on whether to bring about deficit reduction by slashing social spending to pay for even more tax cuts (Romney) or whether to have a mix or budget cuts and tax increases on the wealthy (Obama.) Of the two positions, Obama's is both the more sensible and intellectually honest. But the Democrats are mistaken when they argue that the deficit needs to be cut any time soon. With the economy weak, we certainly don't need $2 trillion in spending cuts as Obama proposes; if anything, we need more stimulus spending.
Back in 2000, I worked with Arianna at the Shadow Conventions because she and I shared a passion for ending the corrupting influence of money in politics. We thought the problem was bad then; it's rotten now. And neither party seems any more genuine about addressing it. The business of governing has been slowly replaced by the businesses that govern. And those businesses, for the most part, either seek to rig laws to their own advantage or to maintain the status quo. So what it comes down to is this: Unless we generate a massive, history-making surge in the fight for reform we are likely, in another 12 years, doomed to having an even more dire conversation about our fading republic -- about a country that is a shadow of its former self.
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