I Think We Know The Problem
by James Glaser
November 18, 2011
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It really doesn't matter if you are a backer of the Tea Party or you feel strongly about the Occupy Wall Street movement. The same can be said if you are a member of a union or you have a small business. It really does not matter what your particular faction is, because we all have a pretty good idea of what is wrong.

Our government is corrupt. Our elected officials in Washington believe their most important job is to be reelected. Whoever helps them with that number one job gets their favor.

The chances are great that those helping members of Congress hang on to their seat was at one time a member of Congress, too.

The Center For Responsive Politics has an interesting new study focusing on former Congressional members who upon leaving office became lobbyists. To show how prevalent this democracy killing process is, in an earlier study, they revealed that a shocking 79% of members of Congress, who have left office since 1998, have worked as lobbyists.

Congress is where the power is, but being a lobbyists is where you find the big money. So members of Congress play the game with their former colleagues, and later on they cash in all the votes they made for a high paying job.

Money and power run our government. Money and power are not used to help the masses. Money and power are the means by which the rich stay in control. The rich provide the money, and those in power do what they are told, because they want the money.

So, we know the problem, and it is up to us to figure out the solution. However, we can't do it alone with whichever faction we back. All the groups, Tea Party, OWS, unions, and small business have to come together and work together to do a massive house cleaning of both political partys' incumbents in Washington. It doesn't matter Republican or Democrat, because just about everyone is finally realizing that both parties are the same. We need enough new people elected all at one time to create real change.

In the 2010 election the Tea Party was able to put something like 80 new people in the House and a couple in the Senate. But when you think about it, even that number of new members, an historical high, was not enough to make any sort of sweeping change. The "Old Guard", the incumbents, have worked hard to keep things going the way they always were, because that protects their future. Only a true house cleaning, enough to give the new members a voting majority, will guarantee the change in direction we need.

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