A new study by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern Universities finds that America’s government policies reflect the wishes of the rich and of powerful interest groups, rather than the wishes of the majority of citizens. Is it really surprising that “economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence”? (Source: http://gawker.com/study-the-u-s-is-an-oligarchy-1563363760)
We hear more complaints about people “taking advantage” of the welfare system and not enough about how the richest 1% takes advantage of our tax system. So we won’t be surprised that many will support Paul Ryan’s new budget which cuts medicare, education and food stamps because many of us believe that our interests are being represented. But did you know that his new budget also cuts top federal tax rate? Does it bother you that middle class Americans continue to pay more taxes than the top 1%? If you think something wrong is with this picture, sign this petition.