With the endless parade of special interest groups, unions, lobbyists, etc. all lining up to get their snouts as deep as possible into the Federal Government "Feeding Trough", maybe it's time to reconsider who should be eligible to vote and make political contributions in Federal Elections? As a proposed solution, the first "Rule of Thumb" I suggest is to disallow anyone who is receiving government aid (other than Social Security) from voting. The second "Rule of Thumb" is to limit political contribution of any form to individual eligible voters.
The purpose of the first "Rule of Thumb" is obvious. We now have a system where politicians are scared stiff of doing what is good for the nation because it will take "goodies" away from some people. The result is that the politicians are more concerned with "beneficiaries" than the people who actually have to work and pay for the "goodies". This is fundamentally unsound financially and immoral because it is "forced charity".
The purpose of the second "Rule of Thumb" is also obvious. A corporation is owned by thousands of shareholders composed of several political aversions. A few corporate officers take funds owned by all shareholders and make campaign contributions to candidates many of the shareholders disapprove of. The same case can be made for labor unions - labor leaders can donate union funds to a political party/candidate while many rank and file members oppose that party/candidate. Their union dues are supporting parties/candidates they do not.
We are at a "tipping point" where it won't be long before the US has more people "riding in the cart" than "pulling the cart". This is unsustainable financially and will destroy every basic freedom we have as government dependency among the general population increases.