Corruption is Legal in America



for the last few years I've had this sense that everything I learned as a kid about how America's government works is completely wrong but I had no idea how bad things actually were until I saw this one graph researchers at Princeton University looked at more than 20 years worth of data to answer a pretty simple question does the government represent the people now this is what they found this axis here represents public support for any given idea on the left at 0% are ideas that not a single American wants on the right at 100 percent are ideas that everyone supports this axis represents the likelihood of Congress passing a law that reflects any of these ideas from a zero to a 100 percent chance on this graph an ideal Republic would look like this if 50 percent of the public supports an idea there's a 50 percent chance of it becoming law if 80 percent of us supports something there's an 80 percent chance you get the idea now most Americans would probably agree that with a few exceptions we should be as close to this ideal as possible unfortunately the way America actually works doesn't even come close take an idea that nobody supports literally nobody and it has about a 30% chance of becoming federal law now take an incredibly popular idea the most popular idea this country has ever seen and there's also about a 30% chance of it becoming law this means that the number of American voters for or against any idea has no impact on the likelihood that Congress will make it law put another way and I'm just going to quote the Princeton study directly here the preferences of the average American appeared to have only a minuscule near-zero statistically nonsignificant impact upon public policy so if you've ever felt like your opinion doesn't matter and that the government doesn't really care what you think well you're right but there's a catch this flat line only accounts for the bottom ninety percent of income earners in America economic elites business interests people who can afford lobbyists they get their own line look at how much closer their line is to the ideal when they want something the government is much more likely to do it and when they don't they have the power to completely block it from happening no matter how much the rest of the country supports it they get what they want and guess who ends up paying for it we pay for it with the most expensive health care in the world we pay for it with a tax code it's a complete mess we pay for it with Internet that's slower and more expensive with wasteful spending a floundering education system a catastrophic drug war and one in five American children born into poverty almost every major issue we face as a nation can be traced back to this graph how does this happen well just follow the money right now it's perfectly legal to buy political influence in America here's how it works let's say a big bank wants a law that would force taxpayers to bail them out again if they repeat the exact same reckless behavior that crashed the global economy in 2008 not exactly the most popular idea with the public and Congress knows that that should be the end of it but that's where the money comes in it's perfectly legal for our bank to hire a team of lobbyists whose entire job is to make sure that the government gives the bank what it wants then those lobbyists can track down members of Congress who regulate banks and help raise a ton of money for their re-election campaigns it's perfectly legal for those lobbyists to offer those same politicians million dollar jobs at their lobbying firm then those lobbyists can literally write the language of this new bailout law themselves and hand it off to the politician they just buttered up with campaign money and lucrative job offers and it's perfectly legal for those politicians to take the lobbyists written language and sneak it through Congress at the last second so now you've got a law that greatly benefits the banks and the whole process can start over this is how a bill becomes a law a special interest hire some lobbyists those lobbyists collect campaign contributions offer jobs and then write the laws that Congress then passes to help those same special interests this happens every day on every single issue with politicians of both parties in the last five years alone the 200 most politically active companies in the United States spent 5.8 billion dollars influencing your government those same companies got four point four trillion in taxpayer support and that's trillion with a T and that's just the top 200 companies never mind every other special interest every union every trade association and every billionaire every single one of them can use their money to buy political influence you know there's this idea out there that this only became a problem after the Supreme Court Citizens United decision in 2010 but the data goes back almost 40 years and the results are clear corruption is legal in America and as long as it is anyone who can spend money to buy political influence will the solution here isn't rocket science make corruption illegal we already know Congress won't do it I mean one look at this chart will tell you that what we need is a plan that lets us go around Congress and do what the American people do best fix this mess ourselves well good news we have that plan and it's already working now that we've got the problem covered let us show you how to be part of the solution you

27 Comments

  1. evil government officials

  2. Something most Americans don't seem to know, is how stupid their systems look from a civilized country

    Cough cough death penalty cough

  3. Saying "lobbying" is like calling pedophiles "map's"

  4. Corruption rate drops to zero.

  5. Hey wait a minute, this guys a fucking COMMIE! HE SOURCED CNN SERIOUSLY!

  6. Props for actually using credible sources!

  7. One in 5 children born into poverty? Doesn’t that mean they just go into welfare

  8. 4:02 – 4:22
    People are sick and tired of this! Come on!

  9. Is this information accurate?

  10. Man at this point I’m just gonna move to Finland they got more of their shit together than we do

  11. “And do what the American people do best”

    Me: GO TO WAR AND CREATE CHAOS

  12. Still they believe that America is the best country in the world

    Because they also think about money. I'm from 3rd world country but even we don't have the money we are happier and care about everyone

  13. Sorry got to rant a bit. I'm reading well trying to read the wit law book….I went to court asked clerk where the courtroom was for driving citation. She asked what's your name I told her and she said your not on the docket…I am now told 1800$ to file motion for default. I was there and would have paid to reduce the ticket if I had the money. Anyways I was there and was told I wasnt to be in court so I made it known to some strangers and yt video explaining this has got to be a setup. Always something a good some say. Well a good is my life I'm not sure if I can go on knowing what you just pointed to in this video. Will to live and all hope is gone in the American system. The language we use and the church are suspect to me. Anyways I'm just venting I see I will not get help and just another time I've been wronged by 13 judicial Colorado courts. So to be me its obvious that I'm a target. Yes I'm not that smooth of a talker and a dick. But I spent time money to get there and now my fine is higher. I wont be able to travel to have my time with my son and have no desire to even try to fight and lose and be ridiculed about my ignorance. So ya please shoot me. A msg if you care or how to succeed with this again happening to me. This is one of many things I feel is a way to show I'm enemy of state or something. I dont care about politics it's not like we make a difference and church is now a thing I will never believe in. If there was a Devine source why would he allow this.

  14. Did the developers patch this yet ?

  15. Aight bro moving to mars

  16. 4:27 Im sure that the number is much higher than 5.8 Billion because the real transactions aren‘t public.

  17. We should follow Switzerland’s example and use direct democracy

  18. I dont even know why am i watching this im not even from the states

  19. “Congress we want corruption to be illegal!”
    “No.”
    “…
    VIVA LA REVOLUTION!!!”
    >French Americans “The job is done.”

  20. No The top 10% pays most of The taxes

  21. wait what

  22. Capitalism = corruption

  23. All Americans should stop paying federal taxes, elections are rigged and our government is CORRUPT

  24. leave then lol, every hates the United States but no one wants to get citizenship to another country I wonder why

  25. Am I the only one that sees through this socialist bullshit? Some of the cited sources such as the poverty 1/5 children one are clearly misrepresented. All I’m saying is that this is not 100% truthful.

  26. The FBI want to know you location

  27. Ahh yes CAPITALISM

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