A corrupt economic system is simply a symptom of a corrupt political system. A legitimate political system with laws aimed at benefiting those in the society would generate an economic system that aimed at benefiting those in the society.
That seventy percent of Americans recognize that the economy is rigged against them means that they are also aware of the rigged political system. They recognize that their vote in this pseudo-democracy doesn't really mean anything.
Americans realize that most of us want universal health care. Americans realize that most of us want free education. Americans realize that most of us want peace. Americans realize that most of us want better public transportation. Americans realize that most of us want a fair economy. Americans realize that most of us want our vote to matter.
And yet, we all realize that the system of government under which we all exist denies us of all of these things and more. We do vote, but none of us expect that our vote will make anything better.
It is really a sick joke when Clinton and Trump say things attempting to sound like they really care about the American people. One hears Clinton say " "To build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, we have got to go big and we have got to go bold" and one must wonder to themselves, what the #%&* does that mean? "Go big and go bold"!!! There is absolutely no question about who will benefit under a Clinton presidency... and it's not going to be the 'little guy', it will be the corporations & banks that are 'too big to fail' and 'too big to break up' and pay her too much to talk about 'going big and going bold'.
Recent poll finds 71 percent of Americans believe U.S. economy is rigged
from Common Dreams by Nika Knight,
Nearly one-third of Americans polled said they are losing sleep over their financial situation.
A new Marketplace-Edison Research poll published Tuesday found that a full 71 percent of respondents agree that the economy is rigged, affirming the popular rhetoric of the current presidential campaign season.
The majority opinion held firm across ethnicity, class, age, and gender differences. A whopping 83 percent of African Americans polled agreed that the economy is rigged, and 80 percent of people ages 18-24 also held that opinion.
The poll, which has been tracking rising economic anxiety, discovered that most Americans agree that the economy was better for their parents' generation, and believe that the economy will be worse for the next generation.
Perhaps the perception of a rigged economy is because people are working harder for increasingly less financial security.
The poll found that nearly one-quarter of respondents hadn't taken a single vacation for over five years, while nearly 50 percent also confirmed fearing that they might lose their job within the next 12 months.
Moreover, 71 percent said they were afraid of an unexpected medical bill and 53 percent feared being unable to make a mortgage payment. Of renters, 60 percent fear being unable to pay rent.
Meanwhile, the poll fond that Wall Street and banks are viewed in an unfavorable light: nearly 60 percent agreed that Wall Street does more to hurt than help the majority of Americans, and 56 percent agreed that the U.S. government should break up banks deemed "too big to fail."
A majority of 54 percent also felt that the decline in U.S. manufacturing jobs was a result of so-called "free trade" deals, rather than "natural changes in the economy," as the poll put it.
The poll's questions were familiar to many of those following this year's presidential election, as presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders made the phrase "rigged economy" and his critique of trade deals into touchstones of his campaign:
Following the shocking success of Sanders' outsider campaign, current front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have both co-opted Sanders' language in an attempt to woo his supporters.
"It's not just the political system that's rigged, it's the whole economy," Trump said during a speech last week, while Clinton on Monday told a crowd, "To build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, we have got to go big and we have got to go bold," as Common Dreams reported.
Yet their efforts may be falling flat: the Marketplace-Edison Research poll found a plurality of the respondents are also "not satisfied at all" with the two top presidential contenders.
Pundits have drawn connections between "a deep frustration on the part of working-class voters with economic globalization schemes," as John Nichols put it, and the recent Brexit vote—provoking some to wonder if a similar shock may eventually strike the U.S. establishment, if today's economic woes go unheeded.