January 2014 polling shows that 60 percent of Americans feel that the economic system and government policies unfairly favor the wealthy.
That’s not surprising when the minimum wage remains at its 1968 value while corporate profits are at all-time highs, and the wealthy and corporations park trillions of dollars in overseas accounts.
Moreover, a study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities (Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens) says: “The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”
People aren’t just feeling sorry for themselves. Government policies do represent the interests of the wealthy.
Change isn’t easy, but overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions would be a good place to start. Money shouldn’t buy elections.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.