Did you know that US Senate Re-election rates for 2008 were 94% and the US House Re-election rates for 2008 were 83%? Also, did you know that based on data released by the FEC on July 17, 2009, incumbents from the Senate and House of Representatives (combined) raised $904,714,843 and challengers raised $338,662,867?
Consider the large amounts of money that US politicians are raising for their campaigns. Is it any wonder that re-election rates for incumbents are so high when so much money is involved? Also, consider where that money is coming from? Do you think its coming from regular hard working Americans each donating a little money to their favorite candidate? Did you know that 70.8% of all contributions comes from Business. I think most people have heard of the saying "Follow the money." Is this the type of political system we want?
All data from OpenSecrets.org: Money in Politics -- See Who's Giving & Who's Getting