Originally Posted by Odysseus
Until you understand the basic problem you have no chance of understanding the larger issue. You need to at least be familiar with the basic framework.
There are three fundamental problem which are not being addressed which affect literally everything associated with this.
1. Free press - Why isn't Citizen's United a topic of discussion? Why isn't cleaning up election politics and getting the money out of politics going to ever happen? This relates to third party conversation, less imperial style politics, and more open discussion. This also relate to how third party candidates are co-opted and why a candidate can lie publicly and never be effectively penalized for an out right lie. The press determines our issues of choice not what is relevant or most important.
2. Sarbarnes Oxley: This is driving money away from American shores. This needs be revisited.
3. Patriot Act: This is driving money away from American shores. It need to be revisited.
Unless we have citizens asking the basic questions like "what do we do" then all the other more complicated issues will never be brought to discussion. I think asking basic questions WITHIN the formula that have to deal with is every bit as a relevant as all the other smart guy stuff than nobody on this board has the attention span to follow much less comprehend.
And the reason for that is not that everybody is stupid, although there are a lot of stupid people out there. It's because some of this stuff in government, and especially in economics and the budget, is incredibly complex and is only understood by people who make these subjects their field of study. It's like the derivatives melt-down on Wall Street. Half the CEOs on Wall Street itself said that they didn't understand it. Our representative government is supposed to be working this stuff out. But you are right; If they are bought off, the outcome is predetermined, and will not be in the interests of the people.