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Old 11-07-2012, 04:28 PM
 
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Now that the dust has settled, I think we need to look back at an election that was the most expensive in history and think about where this course is taking us.

Every cycle, our candidates are more and more beholden to monied interests, and our election process becomes more and more corrupted by sketchy political forces that basically cannot be held accountable.

If Obama is looking to stake his legacy, he needs to look not just at voting, as he mentioned during his victory speech, but at the election process more widely. If this issue is neglected, I fear that the majority of American citizens will be further disenfranchised from our increasingly opaque political system.
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:42 PM
 
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$1 billion dollars spent per side to get a job that pays $400,000 a year. Anything wrong with that picture?
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Where they serve real ale.
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I wish we would but it doesn't seem like either major party has the slightest interest in actually limiting the bribes they receive. Sure, Dems will use it as a talking point while Reps will pretend there is no problem but neither of them ever actually DO anything to outlaw this obvious corruption.
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Trieste
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$1 billion dollars spent per side to get a job that pays $400,000 a year. Anything wrong with that picture?
finance produce way less jobs than real economy, that's wrong, that's the problem in our decadent West

if you have 10 millions you can do 2 things basically:
1)invest in finance
2)start a business

the first option will make you living on unearned income, purely on the revenues and will create maybe just one job, that of who phisically invest your money, the broker

the second option will cost you more entrepreneurship but will create a lot more jobs and wealthy for the entire community
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Old 05-09-2015, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Purgatory
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Can you imaging how this would help the poor and middle class if "donated" that way?

All these billions pumped into politics AND THEN taken as a tax deduction! What a F'n WASTE!
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Old 05-09-2015, 08:00 PM
 
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I know, to think when unions try to drive voters to the polls... such better use of their time could be done by actually doing other FREE volunteer stuff like renovating homes for low income, growing gardens for communities to eat, cleaning litter off the street, but no, those pathetic unions try to get political appointees to game the system for the unions instead...
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Old 05-10-2015, 01:33 PM
 
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A think there should be a separation of commerce along with state and religion.
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Old 05-10-2015, 01:34 PM
 
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I know, to think when unions try to drive voters to the polls... such better use of their time could be done by actually doing other FREE volunteer stuff like renovating homes for low income, growing gardens for communities to eat, cleaning litter off the street, but no, those pathetic unions try to get political appointees to game the system for the unions instead...
Exactly the same as churches that "try to drive voters to the polls."

Mick
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Old 05-10-2015, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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It is a well-placed truism that most abuses of campaign finance in US politics have sprung from 'reform' policies. The only reform that will actually work is to reduce the size of government. As long as gov't has this gargantuan cash flow and power to reach into every nook and cranny of life, people will spend money to purchase gov't influence. If you pass rules and regulations to prohibit influence peddling, the deals will just go under the table, and the outcome will be even worse.
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Old 05-10-2015, 04:39 PM
 
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Yeah, might as well stop talking about something that both parties do not want!!!!!!
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