The Roosevelt Institute believes that restoring our democracy goes hand in hand with reforming our economy. Currently, the wealthy and well-connected are able to buy influence over the policymaking process—stacking the deck against the rest of us. As a result, corruption in government stands in the way of addressing nearly every issue on the progressive agenda.
There is also a clear connection between our broken economy and how corporations are tilting the rules in their own favor. The same corporate executives who lobbied for corporate tax cuts by arguing that high taxes were holding back job creation and wages are now investing their companies’ windfalls not in workers, but in stock buybacks that enrich themselves and their shareholders.
To meet these changes and rebuild faith in our institutions, we must revive public power. This means making our democracy accessible, curbing the influence of money in policymaking, and redefining the role of government.