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Old 02-25-2013, 08:57 PM
 
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When you see that congressmen take more time to get to know their corporate sponsors rather than their constituents, something is wrong.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:04 PM
 
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I'd say 1787 when they first wrote the Constitution.

13 Framers were merchants: Blount, Broom, Clymer, Dayton, Fitzsimons, Shields, Gilman, Gorham, Langdon, Robert Morris, Pierce, Sherman, and Wilson.

Seven were major land speculators: Blount, Dayton, Fitzsimons, Gorham, Robert Morris, Washington and Wilson.

Eleven speculated in securities on a large scale: Bedford, Blair, Clymer, Dayton, Fitzsimons, Franklin, King, Langdon, Robert Morris, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, and Sherman.

Fourteen owned or managed slave-operated plantations or large farms: Bassett, Blair, Blount, Butler, Carroll, Jenifer, Jefferson, Madison, Mason, Charles Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Rutledge, Spaight, and Washington.

Eight of the men received a substantial part of their income from public office: Baldwin, Blair, Brearly, Gilman, Livingston, Madison, and Rutledge.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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1774, if you count the Continental Congresses.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:07 PM
 
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Time to dissolve the US and go back to just being a colony, I guess
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:09 PM
 
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Time to dissolve the US and go back to just being a colony, I guess
It would be easier to switch to a public financing of federal elections.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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In the late 1800's early 1900's. Look up "railroad".
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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When did corporations became heavily involved in congress?
When Congress got heavily involved in legislating their every move.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:37 PM
 
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corporations only exist because of congress and were supposed to have an expiration date. Thanks to the civil war they now have all the rights of a u.s. citizens without any of the liabilities
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:49 PM
 
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When you see that congressmen take more time to get to know their corporate sponsors rather than their constituents, something is wrong.
Is that any worse than them being in the labor unions' hip pockets?
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:02 PM
 
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It would be easier to switch to a public financing of federal elections.
If I'm the candidate for <insert name for some very small political party>, do I get the same amount as the D's and the R's?
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