STUDY: Americans have virtually no impact on federal policy
News flash: The overgrown, over-centralized DC Empire is the tool of big business and big government, not the people it claims to serve. Who says that? Just some professor at Princeton University:
A startling new political science study concludes that corporate interests and mega wealthy individuals control U.S. policy to such a degree that "the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy." The startling study, titled "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens," is slated to appear in an upcoming issue of Perspectives on Politics and was authored by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Professor Benjamin Page.This is nothing new. We've been arguing for years that the central government is too remote, too big, and too self-serving to be truly responsive to over 300 million people. Reform? Don't make me laugh. DC has rigged the system so reform is impossible. Try starting a political party or even challenging the incumbent within an existing party, and you'll see how welcome dissent is. There is an answer, however, and that is to scale down government so that it is local and responsive to its people. If they can manage it in Switzerland, surely we can do it here.