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Politicians Admit The System Is Corrupt; Controlled

By Special Interests

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 01/26/2016 16:25 -0500

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Bernie Sanders

Broken System

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to an oligarchic form of society.” The Intercept’s Jon Schwarz has collected several quotes from politicians. run by an absurdist’s nightmare of moneyed elites. as uncovered over two articles by Schwarz and The Intercept’s discerning readers: “I gave to many people.” — Sen. or are mulched out of the system. Have a gander at the following quotable quotes. I give.] in 2009. is ridiculous — a game in which corporations are people and money is magically empowered to speak. I’m already corrupt!” “This is what’s wrong. and others who were “whistleblowing” on the corrupt nature of American politics.” — Jim Hightower. … He’s used to buying politicians. before two months ago. one vote. When they call.” — Donald Trump in 2015. three years later. … The real truth is that Wall Street regulates Congress. vote for ME. 2015.] in 2015. and they own the politicians that go to them for money. And do you know what? When I need something from them two years later. None are more corrupt than those who are at the very top of American politics. Bernie Sanders [I-Vt. they are there for me.Politicians are all corrupt. shamelessly selling their political souls. And that’s a broken system. one person. . I call them. [Donald Trump] buys and sells politicians of all stripes. where billionaires would be determining who the elected officials of this country are. the so-called “survivors. I give to everybody. some who made the mistake of admitting their own wrong-doings.” – Sen.” — Sen. before this. Dick Durbin [D-Ill. former Democratic Agricultural Commissioner of Texas. “The banks — hard to believe in a time when we’re facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill.] in 2015. And they frankly own the place. “The millionaire class and the billionaire class increasingly own the political process. “Today’s whole political game. “Don’t vote for the guy who claims to want to help you. those few who do initially join to “help the people” either soon get corrupted. I was a businessman. attempting to explain that the system was corrupt by pointing out that he was the cause of some large part of said corruption.” Also: “I think many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. very quickly from a democratic society. candidates trek to the corporate suites and secret retreats of the rich. in response to Donald Trump’s admission. Rand Paul [R-Ky. … We are moving very.

three-term Democratic Senator from Wisconsin. If you want to be on this committee. in 2013. why are you even a legislator anymore? You just sit there and take votes and you’re kind of a feudal serf for folks with a lot of money. ‘You want to be chairman of House Administration. you want to continue to be chairman. in 2013. federal. billionaires and big corporations are calling all the shots.” — Dale Schultz. a corruption driven by big money in politics. …It’s hard not to agree. state … Unfortunately andrarely do these people have goals which are in line with those of the general public. with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. “When some think tank comes up with the legislation and tells you not to fool with it. And the same thing applies to governors and U.“People tell me all the time that our politics in Washington are broken and that multimillionaires. before retiring rather than face a primary challenger backed by Americans for Prosperity. Several months later. former President.’ They would actually put in writing that you have to raise $150. 2015. 29-term Democratic Congressman from Michigan. senators and congressmembers. local. announcing he’s running for the Senate again. whether they are congressional. They still do that — Democrats and Republicans.000 — you have to raise that money in most cases. what results is a corruption of the institution of Missouri government. “Allowing people and corporate interest groups and others to spend an unlimited amount of unidentified money has enabled certain individuals to swing any and all elections. it can cost you $50.” “I was directly told. History well shows that there is a very selfish game that’s going on and that our government has largely been put up for sale. “Now [the United States is] just an oligarchy.” — Russ Feingold. just before he retired. in 2015.” — Missouri state Sen. … So now we’ve just seen a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors …” —Jimmy Carter. in 2015. “I can legally accept gifts from lobbyists unlimited in number and in value … As you might guess. Rob Schaaf. . 32-year Republican state Legislator in Wisconsin and former state Senate Majority Leader. Schultz said: “I firmly believe that we are beginning in this country to look like a Russian-style oligarchy where a couple of dozen billionaires have basically bought the government.000 or $100.” – John Dingell. in 2014.” — Bob Ney. five-term Republican Congressman from Ohio who pleaded guilty to corruption charges connected to the Jack Abramoff scandal.000.S.

“There are two things that are important in politics. D. former Republican Senate Majority Leader and 1996 GOP Presidential nominee. and I’m sure it has in every other administration too. in 1895.” — Chris Dodd. four-term Republican Congressman from Florida and now co-host of TV show “Morning Joe. in 2011.” — Al Gore. Powerful financial interests. they expect something in return other than good government.C. … That’s the voice that’s been missing at the table in Washington.” — Jesse Unruh.” — Mark Hanna. former VicePresident. 16-term Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts. in his 2013 book. . Speaker of the California Assembly in the 1960’s and California State Treasurer in the 1970’s and 80’s. — the people’s voice has been missing. have corrupted the basic principles underlying our representative democracy.” ”When these political action committees give money. “We are the only people in the world required by law to take large amounts of money from strangers and then act as if it has no effect on our behavior.whereby votes continually are bought rather than representatives voting the will of their constituents. “I think it is because of the corrupt paradigm that has become Washington.” in the 1990’s. You might get a different result if there were a poor-PAC up here. in 1983. … Poor people don’t make political contributions.” — Barney Frank.. Money certainly drove policy at the White House during the Clinton administration. free to throw money about with little transparency. in a 2010 farewell speech. “Money is the mother’s milk of politics. William McKinley’s 1896 Presidential Campaign Manager and later Senator from Ohio. money changed votes.“American democracy has been hacked. “The Future.” — Michele Bachmann. … The United States Congress … is now incapable of passing laws without permission from the corporate lobbies and other special interests that control their campaign finances.” — Bob Dole. D. four-term Republican Congresswoman from Minnesota and founder of the House Tea Party Caucus. “Across the spectrum. “I will begin by stating the sadly obvious: Our electoral system is a mess.” — Joe Scarborough.C. in the 1990’s. five-term Democratic Senator from Connecticut. The first is money and I can’t remember what the second one is.

” — 1912 platform of the Progressive Party. Jr.e. from a 1933 letter to Edward M. in 1994.” — Mitt Romney.” —Vice-President Joe Biden. Now where the money is.” — Franklin D. as you and I know. former Attorney General of Maine. to all the special interest groups who can go out and raise money for you from their members. … I think we have to become much more vigilant on seeing the impact of money. 2015. . “Money plays a much more important role in what is done in Washington than we believe. you have clearly crossed a line. banker J. terrible. especially when Tugwell said. … [They] on a daily basis are conspiring against the American people. there’s almost always implicitly some string attached. To destroy this invisible government. …You’ve got to cozy up. … [C]areer politicians’ ears and wallets are open to the highest bidder. Morgan.P. as an incumbent. What is going on is shocking. Ted Cruz [R-TX]. then the Republican candidate running against Ted Kennedy for Senate.] the other day and he seemed more worried about [Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Rexford] Tugwell’s speech than about anything else. “Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government.“You have to go where the money is.” — Sen. House. owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. and that kind of a relationship has an influence on the way you’re gonna vote. that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson. “I had a nice talk with Jack Morgan [i. Theodore Roosevelt.’ … The real truth of the matter is. to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day. and the access involves law enforcement officials. … I think it’s wrong and we’ve got to change it. Roosevelt. in 2014. … The country is going through a repetition of Jackson’s fight with the Bank of the United States — only on a far bigger and broader basis. “When you start to connect the actual access to money. … It’s awful hard to take a whole lot of money from a group you know has a particular position then you conclude they’re wrong [and] vote no. founded by former President.” – James E. in 2015.. Tierney. ‘From now on property rights and financial rights will be subordinated to human rights. “Lobbyists and career politicians today make up what I call the Washington Cartel.