We have the best government that money can buy.
Members of Congress complain about the time they must devote to fundraising -- anywhere from 25 percent to 50 percent of their time. The individuals and groups that support these politicians' election campaigns expect something in return for their money. And since the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, there is no limit on the amount that corporations, unions and other interest groups can give to political action committees.
An ABC-Washington Post poll conducted in February 2010 showed that 80 percent of those surveyed opposed the Citizens United ruling, which the poll described as saying "corporations and unions can spend as much money as they want to help political candidates win elections." Additionally, 72 percent supported "an effort by Congress to reinstate limits on corporate and union spending on election campaigns."
The Republican presidential primary has only strengthened the public's dissatisfaction with the increased influence of special interest groups in political campaigns.
Average citizens might still have the right to cast their ballots, but they are influenced by what they see and hear. Come election time, political ads are everywhere. You are exposed to them whenever you turn on your TV or radio, and we even get them on the Internet.
Is it any wonder that so many of us on all sides of the political spectrum are dissatisfied with the current political process?
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