Democratic Deficit or an Oligarchy?

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  1. George Hooker says:

    Actually the vast majority of people do not check the box on their tax returns. George Will cites it to be less than 10%. I think that shows at least an implicit repudiation of public financing of electoral campaigns by the American people.

    Secondly, it is not really attenuated at all to say that money equals speech. In order to reach large audiences with one’s message one must spend money. Therefore preventing someone from spending that money on advertisements or documentaries prevents them from disseminating their message (i.e. restricts their freedom of speech). I hardly think that link is attenuated at all.

  2. “Commonly reported causes of that deficit include federalism, a national government of limited powers, a President not elected by the people, separation of powers between the Congress and the President that diffuses responsibility…each State getting two seats in the Senate no matter how miniscule or large its population…”

    For someone like me that appreciates anything that makes it more difficult for the federal government (particularly our current version) to further intrude on my daily life, these so-called “democratic failings” can often seem a blessing.

    …and to follow on Mr. Hooker’s point; the use of the check-off probably peaked around 1980 with about a 29% participation rate. And while Mr. Obama’s reneging on his promise to use Fed funds was probably just another example of the truism that all of his statements come with an expiration date, I had no problem with his decision not to waste taxpayers’ money on his campaign.