America's political-economy is caught in a vicious cycle, with concentrated wealth at the top leading to outsized political power. It's the result of years of institutional investments by the corporate Right to advance a reactionary legal regime in America's courts. In the process, the richest Americans now have their hands in both our legislative and judicial branches, while working America has become a voiceless stepping stone.
In almost every instance, senators appear to be considerably more responsive to the opinions of affluent constituents than to the opinions of middle-class constituents, while the opinions of constituents in the bottom third of the income distribution have no apparent statistical effect on their senators’ roll call votes.
The middle and lower classes have the biggest voice of all. There simply aren’t enough in the upper class to reelect members of Congress on their own. If those in the middle and lower classes were better informed and voted with a clear understanding of what really affects their economic situation the upper class would not maintain its stranglehold on our political system. As long as middle and lower class voters get distracted by issues like gay marriage and abortion the right will continue using them to stay in power. Then the right will continue using their power to pass legislation that perpetuates the dominant status the wealthy have enjoyed since the founding of this supposedly free nation.