Is this a fundamental problem with American Government?
Many people who work for the federal government of the United States earn little to nothing (interns) as far as a salary. For example, for my Congressman has staff members who make less than US$20,000 per year. I don't know how easy it would be to live in Washington, D.C. on an income that is that low.
For someone to be a summer intern, for example, that person needs to have the financial support of his or her family. Many working people do not earn enough money to support a child spending the summer in Washington, D.C., even if it is for educational credits. The same would be true for students working their way through college.
So, the people who are able to intern for members of the Senate and the House have to come from relatively well-off families. The same is most likely true for those people working as legislative aides for relatively low pay.
It seems that this prevents people from lower economic levels from getting into the staff positions in the federal government.
Also, with the people who are helping members of the Senate and House determine policies making so little money, it seems, at least to me, these people might be more easily to lobbyist efforts. A lobbyist taking a legislative aide to lunch at a nicer restaurant (at least a restaurant that doesn't frequent ask if you want fries with that?) is going to have some influence.
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A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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