Americans Agree; It'south Corporate Power That'south In Our Way

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 0:54 AM

Everyone knows this is just the way things are, and it'south why we've gridlock in Congress. But here'south one thing: That story isn't true. In fact, Americans overwhelmingly consent on a wide range of issues.

Americans Agree; It'south Corporate Power That'south In Our Way

There is widespread recognition among politicians and pundits that Americans are sharply divided by party on virtually all of the huge questions facing our country.

Everyone knows this is just the way things are, and it'south why we've gridlock in Congress.

But here'south one thing: That legend is not true.

In fact, Americans overwhelmingly consent on a wide range of issues. They wish policies to create the economy more objective and keep corporate executives accountable. They wish stronger environmental and consumer protections. And they wish to fix our political system so that it serves the interest of all, not just Large Money donors. These aren't near issues for Americans; actually, what'south surprising is the degree of national consensus.

The problem isn't that Americans don't agree. The problem is that the corporate class doesn't consent with this agenda, and that class dominates our politics.

Because this reality runs so counter to the dominant media story, it'south worth diving into the numbers to obtain a sense of the vast divide between conventional wisdom and empirical data.

Eighty-three % of Americans consent and nearly sixty % "strongly" consent that "the rules of the economy matter and the top one % have used their influence to shape the rules of the economy to their advantage." Americans believe that policies enacted since the Grand Recession have benefited Wall Street, large corporations and the wealthy, but not destitute and center class people.

Three quarters of Americans favor a steep rise in the minimum wage, including a majority of Republicans.

By margins of about 2-1, Americans oppose corporate trade deals love the TransPacific Partnership. Americans believe such deals demolish more jobs than they create by a 3-1 margin.

Most Americans, including a majority of Republicans, favor breaking up the large banks. Over nine in ten voters consent that it's necessary to regulate financial services and products to create sure they're objective for consumers, and four-fifths declare Wall Str financial companies should be held accountable with tougher rules and enforcement for the practices that caused the financial crisis. By nearly a 3-1 margin, voters wish to look more, not less, oversight and regulation of financial companies.

Four out of five voters, including three quarters of Republicans, wish to widen Social Security benefits. Note: not just maintain, but expand, Social Security benefits.

Americans wish to near corporate and other tax loopholes and create the wealthy pay more in taxes. Two-thirds of Americans believe that corporations pay too tiny in taxes. By a three-to-one margin, Americans wish to near tax loopholes that authorize speculators and people who create money from short-term trades to pay less taxes on profits than full time workers pay on their income or wages.

Across the country, three quarters of voters wish to support or strengthen environmental standards. They support the administration'south Spotless Power Map to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a 2-1 margin. Three quarters of Americans, including a majority of Americans, favor stricter limits on smog.

Americans wish tough consumer protections, too.

Nine-in-ten Americans wish food containing genetically modified ingredients to be labeled; only six % oppose mandatory labeling. More than nine in ten wish meat labeled with its country of origin.

Eighty-three % of Americans, including three quarters of Republicans, favor empowering Medicare to deal drug prices. In fact, Republican voters declare that cutting drug prices is a bigger priority for them than repealing Obamacare.

In general, astounding majorities of Americans wish to restrain corporate power. Eighty-six % believe corporations have too much political power. Eight-seven % of voters consent that we necessity increased enforcement of laws and regulations, including eighty-nine % of Democrats, eighty-five % of Republicans and eighty-seven % of Independents.

So, for those who care to see at the data, it'south plain sufficient what Americans want.

But we're not getting it.

That'south because of the political power problem. Americans know this, too, and they wish far-reaching solutions. "With close unanimity," reports the NY Times, "the public thinks the country'south campaign finance system needs significant changes." Nine in ten wish to obtain rid of secret money in elections. More than three quarters wish to replace super-rich funding of elections with a system that relies on tiny donors and matching public funds. As ThinkProgress notes, more Americans believe in witches and ghosts than support Citizens United (number offense to witches intended). There is three-to-one support for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

It'south plain sufficient that public opinion isn't enough. We necessity massive public mobilization, to tear down the political barriers that stand in the way of winning the policies Americans support but plutocrats oppose.

That effort begins now. On Monday, having marched from Philadelphia, Democracy Spring protesters will kick off a week of civil disobedience in Washington, D. C. to demand restoration of our democracy. Then comes the Democracy Awakening mobilization in Washington, D. C., April 16-18, including a major rally and march on Sunday, April seventeen.

If we ever have hope of converting public opinion into public policy, we've to hit the streets and construct a movement. Now.

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