Fixing our political system

December 7th, 2012 § 0 comments

It’s not as complicated as you might think.

There are, of course, a myriad of problems with our political system as it currently stands. The symptoms are many, whether it’s the undue influence of special interests or the opaque nature of creating laws, but most of the problems can be traced back to one problem. Money. More specifically the money that a member of congress needs to get re-elected.

It’s estimated that congressmen spend anywhere from 30-70% of their time fundraising. This isn’t grass-roots fundraising where constituent are asked to contribute $20 to a candidate they believe in; it’s eating breakfast, playing golf and having drinks with lobbyist that will buy $500 worth of a congressman’s time. Of course they aren’t coughing up the dough to spend some quality time with their favorite politician, this is a financial transaction after all and congress has a monopoly on votes.

Enter Lawrence Lessig and his Rootstrikers project. Not content stand on the sidelines complaining about the status quo he has dedicated himself to supporting real and permanent solutions to this fundamental flaw in our political system. If you are interesting in learning about some of the exciting bill proposals in congress to address this issue then check out this 3 minute video from Mr. Lessig.

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