What Kind Of Government Does The United States Have? Any Elementary Schooler?

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What kind of government does the United States have? Any elementary schooler would be able to provide the textbook answer to this question - democracy. Rule by the people. Actually, not really. We are actually a dolloracracy, a government run by the billionaires for the billionaires. Our government, supposedly charged with serving the collective good, focuses on the needs of the top 10%. Our country was founded on the democratic principle of “one person, one vote,” however, through the years, this has shifted to the oligarchic principle of “one dollar, one vote.”
According to a study conducted by the political scientists Benjamin Page and Martin Gilens, ordinary citizens do not have substantial influence over policy decisions, but rather, “those with the biggest influence are...those in the top 10% by earning power and interest groups representing businesses.” The study found that “when a proposed policy change had [20% support] among the wealthy, the policy was adopted 18% of the time. When 80% supported the plan, the prospects rose to 45%. However, for the rest of us, it doesn’t matter if a policy change is backed by a vast majority or a tiny minority, “...of those on average incomes, its chances of adoption were around 30% either way.” This has resulted in a vicious cycle where “...politicians adopt policies that favor the better-off, [which] gives the wealthy more money with which to lobby politicians, which leads to more favourable legislation and so on. The surge of…

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