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Public Believes Wealthy Have Too Much Influence

Posted on the 30 May 2014 by Jobsanger
Public Believes Wealthy Have Too Much Influence
Recent Supreme Court decisions have resulted in a flood of money flowing into our electoral system -- with some of the richest Americans giving millions to make sure politicians are elected that will vote for policies that will make the rich even richer (and spend millions on lobbyists to influence Congress after the elections are over). Most of this money is spent to elect Republicans, who still champion "trickle-down" economics -- the idea that if we just give enough to the rich, they will someday share some of it with the rest of America.
The upshot of all this (the Supreme Court decisions and the Republican policies) is that the richest Americans and the giant corporations have been given a big voice in government, while the huge majority of Americans are left out of the government decision-making process (and increasingly out of the electoral process).
The wealthy, and their Republican lackeys, would like for Americans to believe this is good for the country. But the public is not buying that. About 3 out of every 4 Americans think the wealthy have too much influence in government, and they don't like it.
That's what a newly-released Rasmussen Poll found, in a survey done on May 21st and 22nd of 1,000 nationwide likely voters (with a margin of error of 3 points).

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