Over at Crooks and Liars...
"According to one poll after another, a majority of Americans not only want a public option in health care, they also think that growing inequality is bad for the country, that corporations have too much power over policy, that money in politics is the root of all evil, and that working families and poor communities need and deserve public support when the market fails to generate shared prosperity. But when the insiders in Washington finish tearing worthy intentions apart and devouring flesh from bone, none of these reforms happen. Oh, they say, "it's all about compromise, all in the nature of the give-and-take of representative democracy." That, people, is bull — the basic nutrient of Washington's high and mighty.
It's not about compromise. It's not about what the public wants. It's about money, the golden ticket to "the select few who actually get it done." And nothing will change. Nothing. Until the money-lenders are tossed out of the temple, and we tear down the sign they've placed on government — the one that reads: "For sale."
I've been saying it for years: we won't get our government back, We won't get our country back, until we get the money out of politics. They now have a bill in congress allowing even MORE money from the lobbys! Never mind a slow step forward, we're going two steps back as we speak.
The crux of it is mandatory public financing of elections across the board.
Until we have that, we are nothing but slaves to big money.