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Professors Martin Gilens (Princeton University) and Benjamin I. Page (Northwestern University) looked at more than 20 years worth of data to answer a simple question: Does the government represent the people?
Their study took data from nearly 2000 public opinion surveys and compared it to the policies that ended up becoming law. In other words, they compared what the public wanted to what the government actually did. What they found was extremely unsettling: The opinions of 90% of Americans have essentially no impact at all.
Gilens & Page found that the number of Americans for or against any idea has no impact on the likelihood that Congress will make it law.
“The preferences of the average American appear to have only a miniscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”
One thing that does have an influence? Money. While the opinions of the bottom 90% of income earners in America have a “statistically non-significant impact,” Economic elites, business interests, and people who can afford lobbyists still carry major influence.
originally posted by: Dutchowl
What you said is true, but I've been saying the same thing for years now. I laugh every time I hear Obama is the anti Christ, or an evil genius bent on destroying America or a power mad criminal master mind or a marxist or moslem working for the enemy. Whats even funnier is when he's held up as some scholar genius who's hated because he's black or that he's a wunderkind who rose to the heights of power based on his ability despite all the odds against him. He's a stooge. A lackey. A construct. Groomed and put in place by those who own both parties and can rig the political landscape to get what they want. He's owned completely and completely reliant upon handlers to tell him what to say, what to do, what to think. He's counting the days until he can get out of there and get some time to just quit the charade and stop pretending. He'll get his $$$$ payoff and when all is said and done, THEN we'll uncover startling new revelations about him but it will all be after the fact.
originally posted by: BennyHavensOh
a reply to: WeAreAWAKE
Is it not sad that this the next sellout's failure is a foregone conclusion?