Anyone who has kept up to date with the news in the past year or so would know that money in politics is a pressing issue. The only thing that people on the left and right can seem to agree about money in politics is that there is a lot of it. Many people are eager to run out guns blazing yelling about what they see as the easy and obvious solution to get money out of politics. However, building a logically sound proposition to accomplish this is more complicated than that.
First, it’s important to understand why there is so much money in politics in the first place. In short, it is because of the government, and in turn, politicians, have lots of power. The bills that the government decides to pass regarding taxes, health care or any other major issue can have a massive impact on the economy and the millions of individuals and businesses that comprise it.
Unfortunately, many fail to realize this as such enormous power in the hands of the government has become commonplace. There are a couple groups of people, though, who are all well aware of the power that the government, and especially Congress, has. These groups are special interests and corporations. They understand that just a few votes in the House or Senate can have a massive impact on the economy, which could, in turn, make them enormous sums of money.
Put simply, people pay congressmen/women millions because their votes could make them millions. All this seems fairly simple. More power means more money when it comes to Congress. Therefore you can deduce that the less power Congress(and the rest of the government) has, the less money special interests and corporations will be willing to contribute.
So a perfectly viable solution for taking the money out of politics would be to take the power out of politics. Simple, right? Unfortunately, though, it is much more common to see people angrily yell one-sentence arguments at the other side with no explanation.
The lack of deductive reasoning, on the other hand, is a result of voter bases that are either misinformed or only informed by people or outlets from one side of the aisle. It’s much more common to see people regurgitating whatever their favorite news outlet or commentator says rather than educating themselves with a variety of sources. Most people agree that this is a problem and that to solve it we can all listen to the other side better and read more credible sources. But could taking the money out of politics indirectly help educate the masses?
It’s been established that Congress having power leads to Congress getting paid lots of money to use that power in certain ways. In other words, special interests and corporations pay politicians to get stuff done. But what would happen if we took a lot of the power away from politicians? Special interests and corporations would still have agendas that they want to push. How, then, would they get stuff done and bring about change?
They would have to do it through the People. Instead of paying Congressmen/women to propose certain bills and vote certain ways on them so that people have to start doing things differently they would have to convince people to voluntarily start doing things differently without the force of law.
This means special interests would have to dedicate themselves to informing and convincing the people instead of simply paying off politicians. Can you imagine what would happen if special interests took all of the money that they give to politicians and put that towards spreading information?
Alex Orfan is a 17 year old high school student from New Jersey. He considers himself to be a constitutional conservative.