Elites Rule, Not You: When Bipartisanship Becomes Undemocratic

Richard Eskow

At what point does “bipartisanship” begin to erode the democratic process?

Here’s my answer: When it’s used to take decision-making power away from voters and place it in the hands of a governing elite – an elite which acts in secret so that its members cannot be held accountable to anyone for their actions.

Democrats traded away some of the most critical elements of health reform for bipartisan comity that never appeared – and yet didn’t bring those elements back when the other side of the aisle rebuffed them. Now they appear to be doing the same thing with financial reform.

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