Tuesday, April 17, 2012

U. S. Senate: of, by, and for the top rung mostly



Excellent 13-minute video clip here on a story that needs attention- but, sadly the chart above reflects who controls access to whom. Hint: It ain't you, babe, as if we didn't already kind of know this.

The abstract above comes from Larry M. Bartels, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions and Shayne Chair in Public Policy and Social Science at Vanderbilt University.  He is formerly the Donald E. Stokes Professor of public policy and international relations and founding director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Before moving to Princeton he taught at the University of Rochester

"And it should go without saying that the more focused politicians are on the preferences of their affluent constituents, the more their legislation will entrench and augment inequality, further erasing the preferences of the poor and middle class from consideration.  ..."

more is from here

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