Renewing Our Republic: Putting the Priorities of Everyday People Ahead of Special Interests
Everyone knows that lobbyists and big-money donors have too much influence in Washington. As a result, economic policy is overly focused on boosting the stock market and maximizing corporate earnings, while the take home pay of most Americans continues to stagnate and retirement benefits are cut. In service to their deep-pocketed patrons, Republican leaders in Congress are now gearing up to give more tax breaks to the wealthy and to corporations – even if that means jeopardizing support for afterschool initiatives and Pell Grants, or key programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.... Talk to everyday citizens. They want a better deal. They just don’t believe that a political system built on money and inside connections can ever deliver on that promise.... We agree.... That is why congressional Democrats, led by the Democracy Reform Task Force, have launched the By the People Project – to enlist everyday Americans in reforming our democracy to serve the many, not the money.