U.S. Government Corruption

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737756227
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 9/9/2011
  • Series: Current Controversies Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 13

Introduction 16

Chapter 1 How Serious Is Government Corruption in the United States?

Chapter Preface 22

America's Democracy Is Now Fundamentally Corrupted Lawrence Lessig 27

Political Corruption Played a Large Role in Health Care Reform Jonathan Weiler 36

Government Corruption in America Is on the Rise Joseph Schuman 40

Corporations Are Still Prohibited from Making Direct Contributions to Political Campaigns Warren Richey Linda Feldmann 45

Money Did Not Buy Votes in the 2010 51 Midterm Congressional Elections Robert Frank 51

Chapter 2 Is Corruption Destroying the US Financial System?

Chapter Preface 54

Yes: Corruption Is Destroying the US Financial System

There Is Rampant Corruption on Wall Street Michael Snyder 57

Financial Deregulation by a Corrupt Congress and the Executive Branch Led to the US Financial Meltdown Essential Information and the Consumer Education Foundation 61

President Barack Obama Is Continuing to Empower Corrupt Wall Street Insiders Glenn Greenwald 71

No: Corruption Is Not Destroying the US Financial System

Legislative Reforms Will Control Wall Street Excesses Barack Obama 80

Financial Reforms Are Under Way to Make the US Financial System Stronger Timothy F. Geithner 80

Chapter 3 Will the Citizens United Decision Lead to More Government Corruption?

Overview: The Supreme Court, the First Amendment, and Government Corruption Lela Gray 100

Yes: The Citizens United Decision Will Lead to More Government Corruption

The US Supreme Court Has Upheld Institutional Government Corruption Arninu Gamawa 106

The Supreme Court Weakened the Definition of Government Corruption Heather K. Gerken 114

The Citizens United Ruling Will Increase Corruption in the US Government David P. Hamilton 117

The Citizens United Decision Undermines US Democracy by Legitimizing Corruption Fred Wertheimer 124

No: The Citizens United Decision Will Not Lead to More Government Corruption

The Supreme Court Was Correct Not to Restrict Political Speech Glenn Greenwald 128

Corporate Campaign Spending Gives Corporations Little Influence over Government Sheldon Richman 134

The Citizens United Decision Involved Issues of Speech, Not Contributions to Candidates John Samples 138

Chapter 4 What Are the Remedies for US Government Corruption?

Chapter Preface 142

More Extensive Financial Reform Will Be Needed to Fix Wall Street Rob Weissman 145

The Financial Crisis Creates an Opportunity for Fundamental Economic Reform David Korten 148

The DISCLOSE Act Provides Transparency for Corporate Political Advertising Chris Van Hollen Mike Castle 157

The DISCLOSE Act Infringes on Corporate Free Speech Tom Donohue 160

The Fair Elections Now Act Can Help Restore Public Confidence in Congress Lawrence Lessig 162

President Barack Obama Should Follow FDR's Example and Oppose Corporate Interests Johann Hari 166

It Is Unlikely That the Corruption of American Politics Can Be Reversed Godfrey Hodgson 172

Organizations to Contact 178

Bibliography 182

Index 187

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