Our system isn't based on civil service or betterment of people or our society - it's based on raising money. At the most basic level - that must be cut out like the cancer it is for anything to improve. Without it, this is all nonsensical rhetoric like "hope and change". Think about it - when a new Senator or House member wins office this November - the first few meetings they have are with lobbyists (and this is both party's folks) and their National Committee members give the new Congresspeople their marching orders for 2011: Raise money for the party. Tell me that's not ****ed up.