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    trickle up..., 2011-10-19 17:32:03 | Main | bipartisanship..., 2011-10-20 12:23:14

    everybody knows the fight is fixed, the poor stay poor, the rich get rich:

    Thomas Ferguson's institutional analysis of congress, you might call it gridlock for thee, but not for me, is a brief but necessary read:

    The rivers of political money that now swirl 24/7 around Capitol Hill surely play a role in producing the great D.C. stalemate machine. But tired recitations of astronomical campaign-finance spending totals don't tell the full story. ... We need to look at the bigger picture. The tidal wave of cash has structurally transformed Congress. It swept away the old seniority system that used to govern leadership selection and committee assignments in Congress. In its place, the parties copied practices of big-box retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, or Target.

    Uniquely among legislatures in the developed world, our Congressional parties now post prices for key slots on committees.


:: posted by buermann @ 2011-10-19 23:29:51 CST | link





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