I believe the political bosses were extremely corrupt. They had so much control over the government it wasn't even a democracy. I once wrote about women's suffrage saying "the bosses know that, were they to allow it come to a vote, the people would carry our fight for us. So they refuse to allow the legislature to submit the question..." (The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony). One person should not have this much power in the government. It should be up to the people. 

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    March 2013