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Todd Phillips

Entries by Todd Phillips

How Was 91 Percent of Congress Re-Elected Despite a 10 Percent Approval Rating?

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 1:42 PM

As is typically the case, the race for the presidency dominated the news headlines throughout the election cycle. But in our system of government, the presidency is not where the real power lies -- the real power lies with Congress. Congress is considered the first branch of our government because...

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Garbage In, Garbage Out Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 11:08 PM

As a representative democracy, everything about our government stems from elections. If we have problems with our government, we can understand why by taking an objective look at elections. With the 2012 elections pending, this is a good time to do just that.

It is interesting to note that...

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Why the Truth Doesn't Matter (to the Candidates)

(9) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 9:33 AM

After the first presidential debate, reported, "We found exaggerations and false claims flying thick and fast during the first debate between President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney... Romney sometimes came off as a serial exaggerator." The Washington Post found that "Both President Obama...

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Why Partisan Voting Makes Accountability Impossible

(3) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 11:26 AM

As the 2012 election nears, we are frequently reminded of the role partisanship plays in elections. As in other recent presidential elections, most states are proving to be consistently either "red" or "blue," with only a few being "swing states." The New York Times reported in...

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Does 1% Control Government in America?

(2) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 8:29 AM

One year ago, on September 17, 2011, the protest that led to the Occupy Wall Street movement began in New York's Zuccotti Park. Inspired by the "Arab Spring" protests, the leaders of the movement proclaimed "America needs its own Tahrir!" They took to the streets to protest the influence of...

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Political Parties Were Never Meant to Be

(2) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 11:58 AM

With the Democratic and Republican party conventions convening, partisan hype has reached its peak for the election cycle. Considering that poll after poll shows that Americans are fed-up with party politics and the direction these parties have taken the country, this is a good time to...

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It's the Need for Campaign Contributions That's the Problem

(5) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 6:10 PM

According to a recent report published by the Center for Responsive Politics, the 2012 federal elections are on track to be the most expensive in history, amounting to an estimated $5.8 billion. That is a 7 percent increase over the 2008 elections.

According to the National...

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How Negative Political Campaigning Is Crippling America

(8) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 5:20 PM

Negative political campaigning has long been a staple of American politics, and now, with the advent of Super PACs, it is being taken to a whole new level. According to The Washington Post, as of May 20, campaign spending by candidates and Super PACs had already totaled $138.6...

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Why Turnout in the Presidential Primaries Was Dismally Low

(14) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 4:13 PM

The final Republican presidential primary election is still over a month away, yet when Rick Santorum suspended his campaign on April 10, the contest was effectively over, with Mitt Romney being the clear winner. And while there was much talk throughout the campaign about the candidates, their strategies and how...

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Why Super PACs Aren't the Problem

(33) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 6:19 PM

It's everywhere in the news -- Super PACs are corrupting our democracy. Mitt Romney's Super PAC, "Restore Our Future," has collected over $52 million and spent $40 million pummeling his primary opponents. President Obama's Super PAC, "Priorities USA Action," has raised over $9 million and is just getting...

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