Political Reform page
Clean Money, Clean Elections
"The two major parties
have abdicated their responsibility to lead, to advocate solutions,
and to promote true democracy... "
" The cost of being presented
as a " responsible and serious candidate" by the media
[is] usually to show fundamental agreement with the existing distribution
of wealth and power. "
Michael Lerner, philosopher, psychologist,
"Big corporations and
billionaires fund 90 percent to 98 percent of the Democratic and
Republican Party budgets."
"If a baseball player
slides into home plate and, right before the umpire rules if he
is safe or out, the player says to the umpire-"Here is $1,000."
What would we call that? We would call that a bribe. If a lawyer
was arguing a case before a judge and said, "Your honor before
you decide on the guilt or innocence of my client, here is $1,000."
What would we call that? We would call that a bribe. But if an
industry lobbyist walks into the office of a key legislator and
hands her or him a check for $1,000, we call that a campaign contribution.
We should call it a bribe."
Janice Fine, Dollars and Sense
" The U.S. President has
been largely refashioned as a high-level trade representative
for the transnationals."
The Nation magazine
"Around the world, the
message received is that, whoever wins [the U.S. election], expect
only more of the same - national narcissism disguised as altruism,
corporate appeasement, and the arbitrary use of U.S. military
and economic might."
Greg Guma, Toward Freedom magazine