@Stan Galat posted:
As to the question regarding where we could start reforming this-- I'd like to see the decentralization of power in this country. We should absolutely reinstitute the kind of contribution limits we had until Citizen's United, but extend limits to include labor unions, and especially public labor unions.
We could drive the stake into the underbelly of the current (but not future) corrupt wealth/power cabal by instituting term limits. As long as we have an entire government consisting of people with even the barest chance of becoming rich and/or powerful in "public service", we're going to continue to have more of the same.
It's said that we get the government we deserve. But more accurately, we presently have the government that's been paid for.
I agree with you especially on Citizens United(what a horrible thing that is!) and term limits, absolutely. Congress would be the best place to start, and I believe that's what you mean.
Being a product of a labor union, I am of course pro-union. The unions MADE the middle class, and have become slowly more scarce in the past 30-40 years. I was a member of a private union, so don't have any personal experience with public-employee unions.
I am against tax subsidies for big business. The most profitable businesses(great example: Verizon) have paid almost zero taxes for years. Why is that? That certainly is NOT a level playing field.