In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule -- at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes. When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the U.S. political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it. Gilens and Page
All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed" I.F. Stone

Another wave of top State Department officials quit this week in ‘Black Friday’ mass resignation (8/27/2017)

Information lockdown hits Trump’s federal agencies (1/24/2017)

America will soon be ruled by a minority (12/7/2016)

"As long as politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance." John Dewey
A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. Paul Krugman
... that the thing we were once most proud of -- this our republic-- is the one thing that we have all learned to ignore. Government is an embarrassment. It has lost the capacity to make the most essential decisions. And slowly it begins to dawn upon us: a ship that can't be steered is a ship that will sink." Lawrence Lessig: Republic, Lost
"The US Congress is possibly one of the most dysfunctional governance institutions/organizations on the planet (followed all too closely by the Supreme Court and the Presidency) given its enormous resources and historical context. Their inability to grasp the real nature of the economic woes and to find solutions that will help, for example, the working poor, is having a major negative impact on human happiness, but it is insidious and subtle in how it plays out. Discerning exactly how it works is a lot like trying to ascertain how global warming is “causing” any particular weather catastrophe. We know the causal links exist but tracing them through all of the connections in a complex network of relations is a daunting task." Civilization Collapse 3.0
No government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the character of the questions investigated. Neither may a government determine the aesthetic value of artistic creations, nor limit the forms of literary or artistic expression. Nor should it pronounce on the validity of economic, historic, religious, or philosophical doctrines. Instead it has a duty to its citizens to maintain the freedom, to let those citizens contribute to the further adventure and the development of the human race. Richard Feynman. The Meaning of It All.

Meet The Latest Vulture Capitalists In Donald Trump’s Cabinet! (11/30/2016)

Francis Fukuyama: America is in “one of the most severe political crises I have experienced” (10/26/2016)

Democrats Ignore the 500-Pound Lobbyist in the Room (7/7/2016)

Trust in Government Near Historic Lows (11/23/2015)

75% in U.S. See WiDespread Government Corruption (9/19/2015)

Why We Can't Get the Government We Want and Deserve (12/24/2014)

Anthony Weiner and the Revolving Door (9/18/2014)

Americans' Trust in Government Down (9/15/2014)

The Reason Republicans Were Willing to Shut It Down (9/30/2012)

Big Storms Require Big Government (1/26/2012)

Why Calls For Less Government Mean More Power For Millionaires and Corporations (11/9/2011)

Stop Bashing Government Workers (9/6/2011)

"Government Doesn't Create Jobs" (11/9/11)

The Case for Big Government: Jeff Madrick

Nation on the Take, Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman show how the only interests that matter in US politics are those of the wealthy elite.
"Is the government not creating jobs when it contracts Boeing or McDonnell/Douglass to build a fighter plane, or some other company to build an IED-resistant Armored Personnel Carrier? Is the government not creating jobs when it funds NIH research grants...and those scientists order kits and equipment from biotech supplier companies? Is the government not creating jobs when it decides to build a road, or a dam? Rush and the GOP believe that if you just repeat something over and over and over, you will get enough people to believe it. And they could be right, a decade or more of denying Global Warming as a hoax has almost 1/2 of Americans calling themselves experts and actual climate scientists as frauds!"

Republicans claim they want smaller government, but they are always willing to lavish resources on the military. They do not recognize that for decades military action has failed to serve any purpose except to reward war profiteers

What they actually mean by smaller government is that they would cut social programs, and currently they are attempting to cut barganing rights and compensation of public employees including pensions.

Cutting pensions, for Republicans, is always a way to dodge budget difficulties. In the private sector it is a way to dip into a honey pot for oligarchs.

Combined with other Republican initiatives, like austerity, welfare reform, tax reform, and others it is clear that the result is impoverishment of the working class.

Republican government is pushing most people into debt servitude for the benefit of oligarchs who actually do run things.

Much government activity, trade agreements, law, intelligence, is carried out in secret because it favors the 1% and is often wrong.

Apparently we cannot have both a large military and a government that serves people, so people must suffer. The price of empire includes abandoning human rights, destroying civil liberties, hollowing out the economy, and, since blowback is inevitable, making us much less safe.

The Fascist police state doesn't care about its people. We learned that from the Germans.


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South East Connecticut Council of Governments



Connecticut Legislators with ALEC Ties (Republicans all)

House of Representatives

Rep. DebraLee Hovey (R-112), State Chairman[21]; Public Safety and Elections Task Force
Rep. John Piscopo (R-76), Second Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors[22][42] and Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force and International Relations Task Force member[28]
Rep. Al Adinolfi (R-103); Health and Human Services Task Force
Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113); Health and Human Services Task Force
Rep. Whit Bett (R-78); Health and Human Services Task Force
Rep. Penny Bacchiochi (R-52); International Relations Task Force[28]
Rep. Themis Klarides (R-114); Public Safety and Elections Task Force
Rep. Bill Aman (R-14); Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force
Rep. Vincent J. Candelora (R-86); Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force
Rep. Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-70); Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force
Rep. Christie Carpino (R-32); Civil Justice Task Force
Rep. David K. Labriola (R-131); Civil Justice Task Force
Rep. John T. Shaban (R-135); Civil Justice Task Force
Rep. Christopher Davis (R-57); Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force
Rep. Christopher Coutu (R-47); Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force
Rep. Dan Carter (R-2); Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force
Rep. Fred Camillo, Jr. (R-151)[19]; Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force
Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143); Education Task Force
Rep. Michael Molgano (R-125); Education Task Force
Rep. Timothy LeGeyt (R-17); Education Task Force
Rep. Lawrence Miller (R-122)[19]; Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force


Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-17), State Chairman
Sen. Michael McLachlan (R-24); Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force




East Lyme Democrats

Connecticut Republicans

Green Party of Connecticut

New London Greens

Coffee Party


Hear what the Green Party candidate for Congress has to say:

Connecticut Greens


Nation on the Take, Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman

Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy: Jacob S., Hacker and Paul Pierson.

Broken Government, How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches: John W. Dean

When Government Helped: Learning from the Successes and Failures of the New Deal: Sheila D. Collins and Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg (Eds.)

Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United: Zephyr Teachout

Thieves of State, Why Corruption Threatens Global Security: Sarah Chayes

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