Clearly the only explanation for
Oh, wait. Bush is in the low single digits in most national polls, despite his campaign and his super PAC raising more than
Perhaps that's only because
It doesn't look that way, according to the polls. She's losing ground to Sen.
"I do not exaggerate when I tell you that the foundations of American democracy are being undermined," Sanders told some students at the
You'd think that if the "billionaire class" -- all 536 people -- had the kind of unfettered control over the U.S. political system Sanders believes them to have, Mr. Sanders would be asking, "Would you like fries with that?"
Instead, he's got a plausible, if not yet entirely probable, shot at the Democratic presidential nomination. And even if he doesn't emerge victorious, he's already dragged Clinton to the left on the issues the billionaires are supposed to care about.
And Trump, widely disliked among his fellow billionaires -- at least the Republican ones -- has had remarkable success demonizing his wealthy peers.
The simple fact is that almost everywhere you look, the super-rich are being stymied by democracy. In 2014, David Brat, an unknown academic, defeated the second most powerful Republican in
Those evil corporations aren't faring much better. We constantly hear about their vise grip on
Even the dreaded Koch Brothers, those supposed super-villains, have failed to buy the policies they prefer.
And yet, to listen to countless pundits and politicians, we live in an oligarchy now. Clinton, who benefits from no less than five super PACs, thinks the Citizens United case, which made super PACs possible, is such a threat to democracy that the First Amendment should be rewritten to get rid of them.
Democrats don't like Citizens United because they think it might blunt their advantages. According to OpenSecrets.org, of the top five organizations -- i.e., unions and corporate PACs -- that give to federal candidates, all (mostly public unions) give 97 percent to 100 percent of their donations to liberals and Democrats. Of the top 10, eight give almost exclusively to the left. Of the top 25, 18 donate disproportionately to the left.
By the way,
One can certainly understand why average citizens find this "billionaire class" stuff plausible. Government certainly has become more and more unresponsive and aloof. (Public sector unions are a big reason why.) And it is obviously true that big money -- variously defined -- plays a significant role in our politics.
But you know what plays a bigger role? Politics. The NRA is a good case in point. President Obama insists that the "gun lobby" owns
That's actually how democracy is supposed to work.