US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Exclusion
Congress Is 'Rigged' To Maintain The Status Quo
If a Congress person admits the system is rigged for her, imagine how exclusionary it is for everyone else! While political reform is needed, economic reform is even more basic, since politics follows economics. This 2013 excerpt is from the Huffington Post, June 5.
by Laura BassettUS House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Congress is "rigged" to suppress the interests of women and keep their voices out of the discussion.
"This is an environment that is almost rigged, intentionally or not, wittingly or not, rigged so that the status quo just goes on," Pelosi said. "We have to reduce the role of money [in campaigns], insist on the civility of debates, and bring more women here, and that's a better reflection of our country."
Pelosi said that as a mother of five children, it infuriates her to see an all-male subcommittee pushing a bill to restrict women's reproductive rights.
Pelosi said when she was a ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, she tried to introduce a bill related to funding for international clinics that would educate people on natural family planning methods. She thought that the issue would be something that Republicans and Democrats could agree on, since it did not involve birth control pills or abortion, but all of the Republicans on her committee opposed it. "They said, 'No we're not for any of that family planning,'" she said. "I said, 'We're talking about natural family -- the rhythm system. How come you don't have 13 kids?'"
Pelosi has seen a fair amount of progress since then. Since she was first elected to Congress in 1987, the number of Democratic women in the House of Representatives has multiplied by five, from 12 women to more than 60, and she broke a glass ceiling when she became the first female speaker.
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JJS: When Congress people complain, you know things are pretty messed up. However, as long as people are not economically equal, then those who have more will always lord it over those who have less. Hence, the most fundamental solution, one that would level the political playing field, is economic justice. And that means losing taxation and subsidies in favor things like user fees and a Citizens Dividend. When everybody gets a fair share of the public pie, then there’s none left over to unduly enrich a select few. There won’t be insiders to hog political power. And there won’t be an elite to boss around others. Where everybody has material security, everybody will have political freedom.
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