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Sunday, 28 September 2014

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AVERAGE PEOPLE'S OPINIONS IGNORED

In the United States, one of the main topics of academic political science is the study of public opinion and politicians' response. In the work it's concluded that for roughly 70% of the population - the lower 70% on the wealth/income scale - they have no influence on policy whatsoever. The top 1% gets what they want.

Specifically, on the issue of minimum wage 80% of the public think that it should keep people above the poverty line but it stays way below those levels. It's the same with laws that facilitate union activity: strongly supported by the public, opposed by the very wealthy - and disappearing. The same is true of healthcare.

Obamacare is a gift to the private insurance and drug companies. But the vast majority want national public healthcare system. And large majorities have held that the corporations and the wealthy should pay higher taxes: They've steadily been going down though for 35 years. And on and on.

So why isn't a political party formed that actually represents the American people? It's complicated but the answer is essentially because it would take a left-wing party to enact legislation in line with what the people want.

Gregory Stiles of the American Policy Institute gave an answer to the issue by charging that the left is "stupid and inept." "They're insensitive to language, myths that Americans hold dear, and how to frame issues," he said.

But Snidely Knowable all of the newly formed People's Party disagreed.

"We want workers to gain real control of the resources of the country, and then we would be able to transform America to provide for the needs of our class, the working class. It's time for the American proletariat to rise up against the capitalist pigs. I think that's language that the people will understand and incite them to action," said Snidely.

Richard Boner of the American Progress Foundation, a Washington "think tank" agreed.
"Snidely is right. He uses language that plays into American's desire for a bloody, violent revolution in the streets of their country that threatens everyone's lives. I would simply add that until Hillary, Condi, Bush, Cheney, Powell, and Rumsfeld are beheaded for their part in supporting the Iraq disaster, American cannot move forward. I know the average American agrees with that," said Boner.

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