Modern politics is about power, not policy.
Ideas are often just words used by politicians to say the right things, but once they're in power, they do the bidding of their party masters, and the big donors. It's why, in one-party Massachusetts, nearly 2/3 of our state elected officials run unopposed year after year, even at a time when people have such little confidence in government.
Sound like an exaggeration? Listen to what State Rep. Michael Moran, one of the most powerf...ul Democrats in Massachusetts, told the Boston Globe about contested elections:
"As a member of House leadership, I would never seek an opponent for a Democratic colleague in either branch. It’s just something that isn’t good for the inner workings of the Legislature, long-term."
Competition. Democracy. Accountability. Those things don't matter as much as those "inner workings." That's where the real work gets done. That's how GE gets a $150 million tax break while the T continues to collapse. It's how the Olympics dominates public debate for a year, when our schools don't have the money they need to educate our kids.
Voters are tired of this entrenched sense of partisan entitlement. The good news is that the voters are getting wise to it, and realizing there's something that can be done.
That's what the UIP is all about. Join us, and be part of renewing and reviving our democracy.