The book Common Cents explains  how changes in practices by the states and Congress in recent decades have distorted the Constitutional checks and balances and led to the corruption of the U.S. government by special interests and the loss of the ability of Congress to compromise to get things done. Campaign funds provide donors lobbying access to Congress, where they can take advantage of the filibuster and other “choke point” rules to get special favors that the rest of us pay for.  As a result, the middle class engine of our economy is being destroyed. A broken primary process, winner-take-all system and rigging of district boundaries by incumbent state legislatures solidify the control of partisan incumbents and defeat compromise. The branches of government fight each other for more control with executive orders, signing statements, legislative vetoes and other tricks. The current system rewards passing the buck to future generations because there is no requirement for a balanced budget. Common Cents shows the compounding results of these effects and how to have a comprehensive solution by fixing the system, not throwing different candidates at government, only to have them subverted by the system.

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 “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties.” John Adams, 1780.

The idea that Washington would work better if there were TV cameras monitoring every conversation gets it exactly wrong.” Tom Daschle, former Democratic Senate majority leader (2014).

The Social Security fund “is expected to decline steadily until the trust funds are depleted in 2034” and the Medicare Hospital Insurance Fund “is expected to decline in a continuous fashion until reserve depletion in 2028.” Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees 2016 Summary Report.

This lack of [accrual accounting] accountability creates an incentive for elected officials to curry favor with today’s voters at the expense of tomorrow’s taxpayers. This lack of accountability has long been a root cause of fiscal mismanagement within the U.S. government.” Arthur Anderson’s 1986 report “Sound Financial Reporting in the U.S. Government.”

The senator [Bernie Sanders] is upset with a political and economic system that is often rigged to help the privileged few at the expense of everyone else, particularly the least advantaged. He believes that we have a two-tiered society that increasingly dooms millions of our fellow citizens to lives of poverty and hopelessness. He thinks many corporations seek and benefit from corporate welfare while ordinary citizens are denied opportunities and a level playing field.

I agree with him.”  Charles Koch, 2016

Liberty produces wealth, wealth destroys liberty.”  Henry Demarest Lloyd, Wealth Against Commonwealth, 1894.

I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”  - Thomas Jefferson

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