By David B. McLennan – These ads matter — but not in the ways that the candidates and their campaign consultants hope they do. When the negative barrage of ads is over, the winner will likely emerge with an approval rating well under 50 percent.
Majority of winning candidates take office without the majority support of the citizens they represent. They can no longer legitimately cite the “will of the people” in proposing legislation — because they are not in a position of strength when it comes to public support. Elected officials now often have little or no honeymoon period – even with the voters who supported them. more> http://tinyurl.com/l6vox44
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By John Kamensky – In 2002, British academic Jake Chapman wrote a paper for Demos, a UK think tank, entitled: “System Failure: Why Governments Must Learn to Think Differently.” It is based on his experiences in working with large government challenges, especially in the energy and health care sectors. In his paper, he contrasts the traditional, linear approach to problem-solving with a more holistic, systemic approach.
Chapman says the failure of the “reductionist” way of thinking in the face of a complex issue is that “the assumptions of separability, linearity, simple causation and predictability are no longer valid.” more> http://tinyurl.com/k9vlgdq
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CONGRESS WATCH Boxer Introduces Bill to Create Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area, US Senate What Repealing Health Care Reform Would Mean to America’s Families, Sen. Barbara Boxer, huffingtonpost.com Boxer Introduces Judge Jon S. Tigar and William H. Orrick III … Continue reading
By Marcus Stern, Kristina Cooke and Alexander Cohen – Ever since the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in the Citizens United case paved the way for Super PACS, they have been a legitimate new tactic for political campaigns. As far as can be determined, Winning Our Future (WOF), the pro-Gingrich political action committee, did not do anything impermissible under campaign finance laws. But a look at its regular reports to the Federal Election Commission reveals a degree of legerdemain that appears commonplace in FEC records and makes it difficult for the public to know who ends up with the record amounts of money flowing into the political system today.
“Opaque transactions in politics undermine public confidence in the process,” said Meredith McGeehee, owner of McGehee Strategies, which works on public interest advocacy, and policy director at the Campaign Legal Center. more> http://tinyurl.com/78vz44u