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Old Yesterday, 04:54 PM
 
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Arguably, it might be written that votes cannot be bought. However, with all these legal loopholes and corrupt practices from politicians and corporations, I think from a practical standpoint votes can be bought!
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Old Yesterday, 05:01 PM
 
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The money just changes your mind. The vote is still valid. Other things can change your mind, why not money? Do people vote for what is in their best interests or what's in the best interests of the country? Besides, How does the typical American pick a candidate? Let's consider the typical American: She can't balance a checkbook, knows all the Kardashians but not her kid's middle school teachers, can't find Iraq on a map, Can't name the past six presidents, thinks the US won the Vietnam war, pays someone to mow her lawns so she can free up time to walk on a treadmill at the gym, spends 20 minutes looking for a parking space and waiting in two lines to pay $4 for a 69 cent cup of coffee just so she can enter her office with a 16 ounce "symbol of conformity" in her hand, can't name her state's senators, doesn't know what a mutual fund is, never heard of Douglas MacArthur, spends more money on hair and nails than retirement saving, and has been brainwashed to think diversity is a strength.
For every one voter who spends more than 30 researching, there are 69 hundred voters as described above.
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Old Yesterday, 05:03 PM
 
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yes.
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Old Yesterday, 07:33 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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Kind of a ridiculous idea, because one vote makes no difference in any but the smallest city election, so no one would really offer pay of a significant amount.
I think this law has been changed but for years in Kentucky, there were no alcohol sales from 6 AM till 6 PM because it was common practice a long time ago to go get the men drunk and take them to vote for your candidate
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Old Yesterday, 07:35 PM
 
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elizabeth warren wants to get money out of politics. she also wants to issue a $50,000 check to students who vote for her.
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Old Yesterday, 07:39 PM
 
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I would never vote for tRump even if you set a billion dollars in cold hard cash in front of me.
I don't believe you especially since it could be rationalized that your vote FOR Trump is in the noise compared with how a fraction of that billion could be used AGAINST Trump.

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Old Yesterday, 07:42 PM
 
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So if I offered you$50K to vote for Candidate B though you'd prefer to vote for candidate A, you'd refuse the offer?
Hard to believe. Especially in a general election in which your vote doesn't count, and even if it did would have infinitesimal impact.
Give me 50k and I will vote for anyone you want me to.
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Old Yesterday, 07:43 PM
 
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I could be bought for a million dollars. But that's because I don't have a million dollars. Others who already have wealth would probably view a million dollars like I do a hundred dollars, and no, my vote cannot be bought for a hundred.

But sure, if someone showed up at my house with a suitcase of one million dollars, and I deposited it into my account, and it sat there for a few months with no issues, of course I could be bought to tick whatever they want on the ballot.

It doesn't even matter in the state I live in, CA, because there's so many who are far left anyway that my little vote for a Republican candidate wouldn't make a dent. So, sure, I'll take that million.

Are you offering?
My vote couldn't be bought for a penny but it's hard to believe people actually write "no amount of money could buy my vote". People overestimate their supposed "values" and "ethics". Only a fool wouldn't accept a million for one meaningless presidential general election vote - especially since part of that million could go a lot further promoting his political desire than his one vote would.
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Old Yesterday, 07:45 PM
 
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A very wealthy comedian was at a high-society party. Champagne, caviar, elegantly dresses guests etc.

He was talking to a very pretty woman, and eventually asked her, "Well, would you sleep with me for $1 million dollars?"

She thought about it, and replied, "Well, that's a lot of money. Yes, I suppose I would."

He then asked, "Would you sleep with me for $10?

She snapped, "Certainly not! What do you think I am, anyway?"

He replied, "We've already established what you are. Now we're just haggling over the price."
It's true but the point isn't that she could be called a prostitute, the point is she has her price. Replace "sleep with me" with "clean my bathroom" and you'd get essentially the same response.
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Old Yesterday, 07:46 PM
 
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My vote couldn't be bought for a penny but it's hard to believe people actually write "no amount of money could buy my vote". People overestimate their supposed "values" and "ethics". Only a fool wouldn't accept a million for one meaningless presidential general election vote - especially since part of that million could go a lot further promoting his political desire than his one vote would.
If money did not buy votes, then there would be no reporting or any significance on how much candidates raised.

Money buys lots and lots of votes, just not directly.
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