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we prepared to take on the enormous political
power of the billionaire class or do we continue
to slide into economic and political oligarchy?"
is one person, one vote and a full discussion
of the issues that affect us. Oligarchy is billionaires
buying elections, voter suppression and a concentrated
corporate media determining what we see, hear
the last presidential election Obama and Romney
raised about $1 billion each. The Koch brothers,
the second wealthiest family in America, now
say they will raise nearly $1 billion for the
2016 elections. When one family can raise as
much as an entire party, the system is broken.
This is oligarchy, not democracy. We must overturn
is the time to alter our government. Now is
the time to stop the movement toward oligarchy.
Now is the time to create a government which
represents all Americans and not just the 1%...
No more excuses. We must all become involved
in the political process."
American people must make a fundamental decision.
Do we continue the 40 year decline of the middle
class, or do we fight for a progressive agenda
that creates jobs, raises wages and takes on
the economic and political power of the oligarchy?"
"There is far too little discussion [in Washington]
about the collapse of the middle class... Almost
no discussion at all about the incredible income
and wealth inequality in this country and the
fact that we're moving towards an oligarchic
form of society."
is what oligarchy looks like: Today, the top
one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth
as the bottom 90 percent. The top one-hundredth
of 1 percent makes more than 40 percent of all
campaign contributions. The billionaire class
owns the political system and reaps the benefits
are moving very, very quickly from a democratic
society, one person, one vote, to an oligarchic
form of society, where billionaires would be
determining who the elected officials of this
country are. I'm going to do everything I can
to stop that." ~ Sen.
you have one family, an extreme right-wing family,
that spends more money than either of the two
major political parties, my friends you are
not looking at democracy, you are looking at
oligarchy. " ~ Sen.
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