And maybe I'm just a cynical old man, but it seems that today the ballot box is absolutely useless in actually effecting government policy.
And you're right--in a cynical sense this report simply validates what many of us knew--the oligarchy exists in fact, and democracy is very much an illusion.
"I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." --Benjamin Franklin 1776
the founders plan for preventing America from becoming a 1 entity government like ........ monarchy, oligarchy, and a democracy.
DIVIDE power.....into 2 entities[ a republican form of government], the people and the states [a separation of powers] to prevent faction / special interest.............. from seducing, beguiling, a 1 entity government. [the 3 above]
federalist 45- so there are particular moments in public affairs when the people, stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn.
Anti-Democracy advocate, Mixed government is the only good government
THE second point to be examined is, whether the [constitutional ]convention were authorized to frame and propose this mixed Constitution.
The Bush family came by their wealth quite honestly. The rest of your post is juvenile hyperboleBoth families are wealthy, and of course both are made up of humans, but while the former consisted of philanderers and such that the Irish are notorious for, the latter consists for the most part of war criminals and murderers.
I feel like we are more of a flawed democracy, where visibility and influence are more important than simple voting, than an oligarchy or plutocracy. Interest groups that mobilize in favor of their goals (civil rights, LGBT, etc.) tend to achieve these goals more rapidly than those that do not. Unfortunately, working-class Americans have rarely if ever been effectively mobilized as an interest group, and so the goals of the wealthy/upper middle-class prevail.
Then there was George Walker BushHow Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power
George Bush's grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany.
The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.
His business dealings, which continued until his company's assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave labourers at Auschwitz and to a hum of pre-election controversy.
andHow the Texas governor made his millions
Bush started in the Texas oil business, after Yale University and Harvard Business School. Wealthy family friends and others invested millions with him, but with poor results. A 1985 disclosure shows Bush's track record: Investors got back only 45 cents on the dollar, but few complained.
Bush did not make his fortune in the oil fields. He made it at a major-league ball park heavily subsidized by taxpayers.
"He put $600,000 into this project and he did a little bit better than Hillary Clinton," Runzheimer said. "She only made ... $100,000 or $200,000, from her dealing in commodities. Gov. Bush has made $15 million."
Jeb Bush’s Rush to Make Money May Be Hurdle
Mr. Bush left public office seven years ago with a net worth of $1.3 million and an unapologetic determination to expand his wealth, telling friends that his finances had suffered during his time in government.
But his efforts to capitalize on his résumé and reputation have thrust him into situations that may prove challenging to explain should he mount a Republican campaign for the White House. Records and interviews show, for example, that Mr. Bush participated in the fevered, last-ditch efforts to prop up Lehman Brothers, a Wall Street bank weighed down by toxic mortgage-backed securities. As a paid adviser to the company in the summer of 2008, he met with Carlos Slim Helú, a Mexican billionaire, as Lehman sought to persuade Mr. Slim to make a sizable investment in the firm, emails show.
Mr. Bush sat on the board of Swisher Hygiene, a soap maker, at a time when, its executives acknowledged, their financial statements were unreliable and their accounting practices inadequate. That admission contributed to a plunge in stock price that has wiped out more than three-quarters of Swisher’s value and touched off a wave of shareholder lawsuits. Several have named Mr. Bush as a defendant, accusing him and fellow board members of insufficient oversight.
“And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”
~ James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822