The Oligarchy We Live In, Charted

Politics isn’t for everyone. Via Andrew Sullivan:

It just costs too much to run for Congress today for anyone who’s not fairly well off to do it. And that’s no coincidence. As income inequality goes up, campaign funding from rich donors also goes up. This creates an arms race that effectively precludes anyone who doesn’t have either money of their own or access to wealthy donors from running. And that means that Congress has fewer and fewer members with any real connection to the working world.

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  • crooks!

    It would be interesting to see the income categorization of the reps after they left office. I bet there wouldn’t be a blue square to be seen.  

  • crooks!

    It would be interesting to see the income categorization of the reps after they left office. I bet there wouldn’t be a blue square to be seen.  

  • Mr Willow

    The word sortition comes to mind. . . 

    So does the word consensus. . . 

  • Mr Willow

    The word sortition comes to mind. . . 

    So does the word consensus. . . 

  • Nunzio X

    Ask yourself why multi-millionaires would seek a job paying what is, to them, a relatively low salary.

    It can only be to pave the way to even greater riches for them and their cronies.

    George Carlin said “This country is finished.” He’s right. America Version X.0 *may* rise from what I can only predict will be a pile of ashes, or some other entity may arise from the ashes, but the America we *thought* existed or hoped *could* exist is impossible without a complete overhaul of our electoral process…which ain’t likely, as the piggies at the trough aren’t likely to pass legislation designed to transform them into bacon.

  • Nunzio X

    Ask yourself why multi-millionaires would seek a job paying what is, to them, a relatively low salary.

    It can only be to pave the way to even greater riches for them and their cronies.

    George Carlin said “This country is finished.” He’s right. America Version X.0 *may* rise from what I can only predict will be a pile of ashes, or some other entity may arise from the ashes, but the America we *thought* existed or hoped *could* exist is impossible without a complete overhaul of our electoral process…which ain’t likely, as the piggies at the trough aren’t likely to pass legislation designed to transform them into bacon.

  • Karlmoses

    Actually running for senate or president is basically an extension of the high school and college fraternity popularity contests.  Not only do you have to have a lot of money but you must be the most popular among your asshole friends . It is true that all these assholes have money and that a position in the Senate or presidency would benefit them even more financially. Think of these political positions along the lines of winning an Oscar or Academy Award.  After all these guys are the best actors around.   think about it they suckered the general public into thinking they were worth a damn and they fooled their cronies into believing they were the ‘one’.  These guys are just the fall guys they love attention and are media whores.   The really corrupt and wealthy keep low profiles

  • Karlmoses

    Actually running for senate or president is basically an extension of the high school and college fraternity popularity contests.  Not only do you have to have a lot of money but you must be the most popular among your asshole friends . It is true that all these assholes have money and that a position in the Senate or presidency would benefit them even more financially. Think of these political positions along the lines of winning an Oscar or Academy Award.  After all these guys are the best actors around.   think about it they suckered the general public into thinking they were worth a damn and they fooled their cronies into believing they were the ‘one’.  These guys are just the fall guys they love attention and are media whores.   The really corrupt and wealthy keep low profiles

  • Einherjar333

    lemme guess reps on the left side

  • Einherjar333

    lemme guess reps on the left side

  • Seamus Dubh

    You need to have this graph also show by state they represent and Republican or Democrat.

  • Seamus Dubh

    You need to have this graph also show by state they represent and Republican or Democrat.

    • Jin The Ninja

      it wouldn’t matter if you further broke it down, a ruling elite/oligarchy aren’t all that different whether they wear blue or red ties. afterall- they all worship at the same altar of capitalism. the ties serve as markers of denomination rather than any heresy or radical departure from the accepted interpretation of the ‘gospel.’

  • http://twitter.com/anarcho anarcho

    I can remember referring to this in 2006,  at the time my views were not so severe as they are today although I titled the post Democratic Revolutionary Movement.  Now,  this entire process needs to be thrown on the trash heap of history –

     http://notinhisname.blogdrive.com/archive/cm-02_cy-2006_m-02_d-20_y-2006_o-0.html

    “We need to stop placing individuals in office who do not represent the
    people. We have this long trail of elites, who do not identify with any
    working class people – we have an entrenched class process going on in
    public office.People who have no monetary cares make policies for individuals that
    count pennies, health policy is formulated by people who have never sat
    in a public clinic or have never had the problem of no money for
    health care – transportation policy is made by those who have never
    ridden a bus or looked for a parking space – our education policies are
    legislated by people who have never sent their kids to public school –
    daycare by those who have high payed nannies to care for their
    children. These
    type of people (above) always say and believe that people of low income
    are doing just fine, the environment is just fine (they retire from
    work on their estates). If you put these elites in they will always
    equate the national interest with the people they rub elbows with, not
    with the likes of you and I. 

    They see the poor and working class as deserving little because we are
    regarded as contributing little. This is the same type of person who
    has brought you the WTO, that was made to fly above the will of the
    people and national sovereignty! Community interest is subordinated to
    the interest of finance capital and multinational corporations. These
    people meet in secret and do not publicize their proceedings and are
    not subject to administrative appeal. With
    this we are in the process of being brought to the lowest common
    economic denominator “least trade restrictive.” The common fallacy is
    that the elite person you elect is going to rise you higher, or to
    their station (or so they lyingly say), no – no, they have gotten to
    where they are by suppressing you, and they will continue to do so in
    public office! Repeat – watch more carefully who you put in office.”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1T8xgHdMEM

  • anarcho

    I can remember referring to this in 2006,  at the time my views were not so severe as they are today although I titled the post Democratic Revolutionary Movement.  Now,  this entire process needs to be thrown on the trash heap of history –

    http://notinhisname.blogdrive.com/archive/cm-02_cy-2006_m-02_d-20_y-2006_o-0.html

    “We need to stop placing individuals in office who do not represent the
    people. We have this long trail of elites, who do not identify with any
    working class people – we have an entrenched class process going on in
    public office.People who have no monetary cares make policies for individuals that
    count pennies, health policy is formulated by people who have never sat
    in a public clinic or have never had the problem of no money for
    health care – transportation policy is made by those who have never
    ridden a bus or looked for a parking space – our education policies are
    legislated by people who have never sent their kids to public school –
    daycare by those who have high payed nannies to care for their
    children. These
    type of people (above) always say and believe that people of low income
    are doing just fine, the environment is just fine (they retire from
    work on their estates). If you put these elites in they will always
    equate the national interest with the people they rub elbows with, not
    with the likes of you and I. 

    They see the poor and working class as deserving little because we are
    regarded as contributing little. This is the same type of person who
    has brought you the WTO, that was made to fly above the will of the
    people and national sovereignty! Community interest is subordinated to
    the interest of finance capital and multinational corporations. These
    people meet in secret and do not publicize their proceedings and are
    not subject to administrative appeal. With
    this we are in the process of being brought to the lowest common
    economic denominator “least trade restrictive.” The common fallacy is
    that the elite person you elect is going to rise you higher, or to
    their station (or so they lyingly say), no – no, they have gotten to
    where they are by suppressing you, and they will continue to do so in
    public office! Repeat – watch more carefully who you put in office.”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1T8xgHdMEM

    • Jin The Ninja

      the funny/strange thing is that most radical critiques of representative democracy, differ very little, whether analysing it through the lens of class/race/gender/sexuality. the hierarchy imposed by a mostly wealthy, white, male elite disenfranchises most people.

  • Jin (仁)

    it wouldn’t matter if you further broke it down, a ruling elite/oligarchy aren’t all that different whether they wear blue or red ties. afterall- they all worship at the same altar of capitalism. the ties serve as markers as denomination rather than any heresy or radical departure from the accepted interpretation of the ‘gospel.’

  • Jin (仁)

    the funny/strange thing is most radical critiques of representative democracy, differ very little, whether analysing it through the lens of class/race/gender/sexuality. the hierarchy imposed by mostly a wealthy, white, male elite disenfranchises most people.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    what???!!!
    you mean to tell me that politics is rigged in favor of the rich?
    OMG how did that happen?

    “With Liberty and Justice for all.”
      (Void where prohibited by law.)

  • BuzzCoastin

    what???!!!
    you mean to tell me that politics is rigged in favor of the rich?
    OMG how did that happen?

    “With Liberty and Justice for all.”
      (Void where prohibited by law.)

  • http://leo00o83.blogspot.com/ leo00o83

    Senators in the bottom 80% of wealth? hahaha that was funny
    as soon as they become senators they’re bumped up to the top 5% with LEGALIZED insider trading on wall street, corporate “gifts”, promises of a nice salary for being a lobbyist/spokesman/sucker of satan’s cock at ________ [insert one of the biggest 6 banks here]

  • http://leo00o83.blogspot.com/ leo00o83

    Senators in the bottom 80% of wealth? hahaha that was funny
    as soon as they become senators they’re bumped up to the top 5% with LEGALIZED insider trading on wall street, corporate “gifts”, promises of a nice salary for being a lobbyist/spokesman/sucker of satan’s cock at ________ [insert one of the biggest 6 banks here]

  • D.D.B.

    Looks like the 80% lost!
    That’s why you are called LOSERS!

    Maybe if you tried a little harder you would stop bitching!
    We, the rich are only following the rules set out for us by our rich parents!
    It’s called a caste system… Get used to it!

  • D.D.B.

    Looks like the 80% lost!
    That’s why you are called LOSERS!

    Maybe if you tried a little harder you would stop bitching!
    We, the rich are only following the rules set out for us by our rich parents!
    It’s called a caste system… Get used to it!

  • 334DRD
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