From the wishful thinking department:
In light of a study which indicated congress is not responsive to the people of the United States, but is only responsible to the Wealth and Corporations, the ACLU filed a class action lawsuit today in Federal court. Their legal theory will be “If you are not represented in government as shown by the preponderance of government decisions, you are not represented in fact, and therefore owe the government no taxes.” They will cite various historical events during the American Revolution in support of their argument, along with examples of European majority government.
The ACLU will also cite results from a paper, “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens” PDF by social scientists from mediocre universities, i.e., Princeton and Northwestern University. The authors, Gilen and Page, have reached a conclusion that many might have taken as a late April Fool’s joke (except for the depth of their research). These were the questions they were seeking to provide answers for:
Who governs? Who really rules? To what extent is the broad body of U.S. citizens sovereign, semi-sovereign, or largely powerless? These questions have animated much important work in the study of American politics.
We feel the need to be very skeptical of such research, due to the damage that it might cause the 1%. And the authors insisted on using something called “The Scientific Method.” Whatever that is. It’s just unsubstantiated quackery, and We Are Not Amused!
Here – in a tentative and preliminary way – we offer such test, bringing a unique data set to bear on the problem.
An affront to every dogmatic neo-liberal on the planet, who all know and believe to the bottom of their black hearts (those who have hearts) T.I.N.A. (There Is No Alternative). Limbaugh and O’Really are unfortunately not rolling in their graves over this affront, as they are not yet dead.
The conclusion of the report is:
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. Our results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination.
Clearly, these people have no understanding of how things really work. How dare they impugn the myth that the 1% has worked so hard to create, and to imbed in the American mindscape. Koch on that you impoverished and unrepresented peasants (all 99% of you).
On the other hand, their research does raise one very good question:
If the 99% have no representation, then why should the 99% pay any taxes? There is some good precedent for that vein of thinking in the United States, going all the way back to the Revolution.
If the tea party can seize on that idea, and not Koch on it, then the tea party will have taken a first step towards showing itself as a grass roots movement. (We’d advise not holding one’s breath while waiting for that eventuality.) In fact, we challenge the tea party to adopt it. Surely, they should. The event after which they named themselves was a direct result of taxation without representation! Show some gumption, tea party people! Follow Louie’s leadership.
Let the 1% fund the foreign wars and the trillion dollar military, and National Security Agencies which only provide security for worthless government jobs. We can only speculate when the famous shrinke(R)s of Government will address that den of waste, fraud and abuse. We suspect it will occur some years well after the second coming of Christ, or the Apocalypse, whichever happens last.
Instead of trying to fix the corrupt and non-representative government of the United States, just quit paying it money, and leave the tax burden to the 1%. After all, they bought it lock stock and barrel following Citizen’s Untied and Some Rich Dude v. Federal Election Commission. Just ask the $upreme Court. They’ll tell you.