I just listened to this great podcast on This American Life which ran on NPR stations this weekend.
It is called Take the Money and Run for Office.
I highly recommend it to you.
“For anyone who has ever heard the term “Washington insider” and felt outside — we are with you. So this week, we go inside the rooms where the deals get made, to the actual moment that the checks change hands — and we ask the people writing and receiving the checks what, exactly, is the money buying?”
I will tell what the money isn’t buying, and that is influence in Congress for our citizenship taxation issues. Money is power in DC, and as a scattered diaspora, we don’t have what it takes to exert any power in Congress. We have no SuperPacs with millions to get a Congressman’s attention. As I see it, all we can do is take self help corrective action to minimize the damage on us and warn others how to stay out of harms way.