Supreme Court Nominee Renders Us Voiceless
Most Trump voters supported him because they felt voiceless.
And the truth is that our government mostly listens to the moneyed elite and ignores the rest of us.
So why did Trump nominate Neil Gorsuch, who will likely add to the problem?
Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page are political scientists from Princeton and Northwestern who recently compared the preferences of ordinary voters and economic elites with nearly 2000 actual policy outcomes.
Finding? Economic elites have a huge impact on policy while the rest of us have almost none.
That’s because rich elites fund campaigns.
My experience with Congress
I’ll have to say that I meet with members of Congress to urge support for things like low interest loans and grants for College students or for job retraining, child care aid which enables women to financially support their children, and the Earned Income Tax Credit which ensures that no one who is working for a living is living in poverty.
Democrats almost always get on board. But it’s nearly impossible to get Republican support. Though they are beginning to support the EITC and I’m getting mixed messages on education — Trumps new budget looks bad on education but I’ve heard some positive things from some House leadership. We’ll see what they actually do.
About the only time both sides agree on anything comes when big campaign contributions sway votes.
Republican appointees bolster big money in politics
Many have fought against the corrupting power of Big Money in politics (legalized bribery).
But unfortunately, Republican-appointed Justices almost always support unlimited money — which amplifies the speech of the rich — and drowns out the rest of our voices.
Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will likely vote in lockstep, given a judicial record that is in line with those who voted to lift political spending restrictions on corporations and unions in the Citizens United ruling.
Why do so many ordinary citizens keep voting for Presidents who appoint right-wingers who usually side with the big guy over the rest of us?
Hearings start next week. Will Gorsuch stand up for our voices or support the inaptly named Citizens United ruling that bolsters the moneyed elite?
Posted on March 17, 2017, in politics/class inequality and tagged big money drowns out citizen speech, Citizens United, Donald Trump, money in politics, populism, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Voiceless trump supporters. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.