Debunking political nonsense and urban myths. Common Sense for the 21st century.  The public needs to be better informed about the games politicians play.  Journalists are often not experts in the topics they cover. Their specialty is communicating well. That  does no good if they don't understand the topic they are communicating about.

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There is a need to spread   information  to help people understand how politics really works rather than wishful thinking that any program that claims to be for the common good is in their best interest . Politicians often push policies that benefit special interest groups, or feed their own desire for power, while pretending to act in the public's   interest.

 "Politics is about concentrating benefits on well-organized and well-informed interest groups, and dispersing costs on the unorganized and ill-informed masses."
- Professor Gordon Tullock, co-founder of the public choice branch of economics   which studies how government functions in reality, in contrast to how we wish it worked. His co-founder James Buchanan won a Nobel Prize for the work and refers to it as "Politics without Romance". In this article Buchanan wrote:

“much of modern politics can be understood as rent-seeking activity. Pork-barrel politics is only the most obvious example. Much of the growth of the bureaucratic or regulatory sector of government can best be explained in terms of the competition between political agents for constituency support through the use of promises of discriminatory transfers of wealth."

Gordon Tullock wrote in "Goverment  Failure: a Primer in Public Choice"

"Lincoln would now see government not of, by, and for all the people but of, by, and for some kinds of people...And he would see government not as for the ordinary people but as for the organized in well-run, well-financed, and influential business organizations, professional associations, and trade unions. It is government “of the Busy (political activists), by the Bossy (government managers), for the Bully (lobbying activists).”

An econ professor describes Buchanan's work as reminding us that:

" we ought never to forget that all the fine campaign phrases and soaring promises issued by politicians too often disguise the selfish, sometimes sleazy, reality of political activity."

Nobel prize wining economist George Stigler is known for his role the development of the theory of "regulatory capture" . He summarized  in "The Theory of economic regulation" :

"as a rule, regulation is acquired by the industry and is designed and operated primarily for its benefit"

Often what happens is a teaming of what economists call "Bootleggers and Baptists". That is named after the unlikely pairing of two groups that pushed for alcohol prohibition. Bootleggers wanted to make money off it and got their way by teaming with baptists who portrayed  the policy as being for the common good. Those who profit from regulations benefit from duping others into thinking   regulations that benefit them are for the public's best interest. 

It makes sense that often policy would be determined by special interest groups since the government often hears mostly from their side. The general public simply doesn't have the time or motivation to fight them  since they are busy with their own lives. There are large numbers of special interest groups that gain enough benefits from government that they are motivated to fly to DC to lobby.  The cost of favors for any particular special interest group are spread among hundreds of millions of people. A group getting a $50 million in benefits from the government may cost a voter less than a dollar, obviously not worth the trouble to DC to lobby against it.


"Many studies show that most people are not financially literate and are unfamiliar with even the most basic economic concepts.."

so politicians take advantage of  this. They realize that many people aren't aware of how little they do know about the topic. The author has posted on   different newspaper sites around the country (prior residences and politically interested communities), to get an idea of the common misconceptions.

This site has just begun, so please stay tuned and be patient if there are gaps in updates. Although the generic phrase "this site" is   used at times  to allow for future authors, it is currently a solo project. The site is created by an entrepreneur doing initial bootstrap product development   who is concerned about this country so is taking some time for it on the side (sleep is overrated :-) ). The author can't afford to take much time unless tips begin to appear to fund e.g. ramen purchases :-) or more paying gigs will need to be taken which may not leave time for this. People will pay for hardcopy publications that ignore problems, contribute to politicians who help create problems, and   tip waitresses they'll never see again for drinks to forget this country's problems. Yet they hesitate to tip to see useful internet content produced. They'll give $millions to get a cult TV show made into a movie, while a non-fiction site would be thankful for enough to buy a movie ticket . T-shirts and other items may be added in the future, time permitting.