QOTD: Roots of Special Interest Power February 25, 2008Posted by federalist in Government, Special Interests.
There is absolutely no reason for you to spend your time, talent, and money in politics except for this: If you do not, laws will be written and regulations enforced by folks with little or no interest in your well-being.
Michael Rothfeld explains both why politicians so rarely accomplish what we think they should and why special interests can obtain so much power in our current government. He suggests that broad elections in our two-party system are practically decided by only 3% of the population. Hence special interests that are willing to vote their issue are enough to make politicians — normally reticent to do anything that could draw criticism — act in the special interest.