Did the Republicans win the House, the Senate and the Presidency the last election? Do they have a major legislative victory to their name? The answers, of course, are yes and no. So why one but not the other? The answer is because in the first case they engaged the voters and in the second – they abandoned them.
Today, there is more at stake with each election than at any time since the elections between 1860 and 1900 when elections literally decided the fate of the nation. Now, six trillion dollars in government spoils are handed out each year by our state, local and federal governments. That means those governments are picking an unprecedented number of winners and losers each year for those spoils – and they are also deciding who has to pay for it all.