The politicians follow the incentives, they are not necessarily
criminals. For example see the book Freakonomics (Amazon
incentives drive people to do things you might not
expect. In the case of politicians THE key driver is money for
next election campaign.
Public Opinion: How Politicians and the Media Misrepresent the Public
a documentary by Media Education Fund (6 min YouTube
full length preview
- makes it clear that for issues where candidates will be getting
campaign contributions they are very much the same, this includes
things like health care, Wages, Taxes, NAFTA (Wiki
), GATT (Wiki
high defense spending, war. On low campaign dollar topics like
rights, abortion, death penalty they have differences and the
differences are what gets the publicity prior to elections.
say the media does not cover the issues where the candidates have
virtually the same position.
Also the public, when asked a generalized question about personal
property vs. government control are in favor of personal property, but
when asked specifically about a policy relating to personal property
vs. government control they are in favor of government control.
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