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  • Unsubstantiated hyperbole over substance; populism before facts

    With four to eight years in office headline grabbing initiatives are elevated from "once-in-my-electoral-cycle opportunities" to "once-in-a-generation opportunities". These are often environmentally damaging mega-projects of spurious future value with short-term employment boost, but little long-term benefit. Many of these initiatives are funded by future generations in the form of PPPs or tax income is wasted on assets that do not enhance future economic activity, other than incurring high operations and maintenance costs (e.G. Military assets). Why do the majority of current conservative politicians sideline the young generations by ignoring emerging societal trends and changing attitudes towards the big topics like the environment, sustainability, future social mobility, meaningful occupations in a world of increasing automation and a more equal distribution of wealth? Because they look towards their future outside of politics; raking in overly generous salaries and fees working for industry, financial institutions and the like. If even someone like Obama falls for that, what hope is there for uncorrupted politicians? The job application of a politician appears to ask for more doses of vanity and self-believe than idealism and even those who are driven by idealism at the outset eventually succumb.

  • Of course they are all corrupt.

    “The US presidency is just like a donut shop; every few years we get a new shop manager of the donut shop, but we NEVER see who owns the donut shop or the parking lot (That’s the big banks, Oil companies and the Military Industrial Complex).

    These new candidates for donut shop manager come in and always say the same sort of thing: “American’s are fat! We need to become healthy! We need to eat more vegetables! We can change!” And the US public eats it all up.

    Then, after the election circus for donut shop manager ends, the new manager comes in, and he can give lip service to “Change” and eating healthy” all he wants, but it’s just for show. If he doesn’t sell lots of the 24 box of glazed donuts, he’s out of a job.”

    https://www.Lewrockwell.Com/2016/04/mike-in-tokyo-rogers/us-presidency-donut-shop/

  • Absolutely they are

    Absolutely they areBecause they can In order to get elected they have to have the support of billionaires and fortune 500 companies. If you're a politician and you can't become a professional fundraiser then you should change occupations. A revolution is coming, not to change who we are, but who we have become. I hope for all our sake that we can navigate through the corruption and selfishness.

  • Absolutely they are

    Absolutely they areBecause they can In order to get elected they have to have the support of billionaires and fortune 500 companies. If you're a politician and you can't become a professional fundraiser then you should change occupations. A revolution is coming, not to change who we are, but who we have become. I hope for all our sake that we can navigate through the corruption and selfishness.

  • Absolutely they are

    Yes, all of them. I believe in the beginning many politicians start out with good intentions, but soon have to face the reality of how politics work. Also in order to get anything done politicians have to do favors for people that have the money and collective power (corporations and powerful unions) to actually accomplish anything. Once they realize making any positive changes is futile they resign themselves to making as much money as possible and ignore or talk over the everyday joe or Jane.

  • Unfortunately they are

    I have spent much of my adult life searching for an honest, committed political figure who will do things because they are right and fair. At the age of nearly 60, sadly I have accepted defeat. Whether it's the system or the immoral people attracted to politics that are at fault, I am unsure. Sufficed to say that the whole system is flawed and delivers little for the average voter.

  • Yes, all of them.

    I believe in the beginning many politicians start out with good intentions, but soon have to face the reality of how politics work. Also in order to get anything done politicians have to do favors for people that have the money and collective power (corporations and powerful unions) to actually accomplish anything. Once they realize making any positive changes is futile they resign themselves to making as much money as possible and ignore or talk over the everyday joe or Jane.

  • So much for "clean elections"!

    First death threat received from one of the possible political robo-calling thug party members, this election.
    The threat was in response to reporting on this particular politician’s constant political robo-call abuse of the elderly. They have no conscience, nor concern about violating FCC regulations robo-abusing the elderly and their homes.

  • Yes they are!

    You can not get to a high power political position without being corrupt. Politicians do not have their own beliefs. Their beliefs are what they believe will win votes with the general public. If they do not follow that strategy they follow the strategy of supporting the viewpoints of those who have given them the most money. Nothing about politics is fair.

  • Without a doubt

    And as long as lobbying stays legal, they will remain corrupt. Politicians don't care about the ordinary citizen. They only care about you if you have a large campaign contribution to donate or some lobbyist cozying up to their personal interests. How else do you explain the decision making process?

  • Not All of Them

    I refuse to believe that all politicians are corrupt. I think that there are politicians out there that are really trying to help the people and stay moral while doing it. The problem is that they are ridiculously outnumbered by corrupt individuals in our state and local governments that they go unnoticed.

  • No, but most are.

    Unfortunately, being successful politically has come to mean being all things to all people, which is extremely unfortunate because one simply cannot live one's life that way without becoming corrupt. Corruption is all around politicians because people are wanting things from them all the time, and are willing to do whatever it takes to get those things

  • No, all politicians are not corrupt.

    Many politicians became public servants because they either believe in a cause or saw the need to affect change. Some are wise enough to know that corruption would be at cross purposes with their goals, and continue to try to do the job they were elected for in an honest manner. People think all politicians are corrupt because the ones who are garner the headlines.


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Anonymous says2013-06-05T14:38:16.993
If they aren't corrupt, could you explain to me why someone would spend muliple millions of dollars to get elected to a job that pays under $200,000.00 per year.