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Omnivorous
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Message 68 of 102 (726513)
05-09-2014 12:52 PM
Reply to: Message 65 by Tanypteryx
05-09-2014 11:22 AM


Re: What do You Want?
You can't pump your own gas in New Jersey: a common bumper sticker says, "Jersey Girls Don't Pump Gas".
I haven't found any other limits.

"If you can keep your head while those around you are losing theirs, you can collect a lot of heads."

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Omnivorous
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Message 75 of 102 (726840)
05-13-2014 11:44 AM
Reply to: Message 74 by RAZD
05-13-2014 10:31 AM


Re: Mix and Match
RAZD writes:
BTW -- why are reps in US congress paid by the Federal Gov't: shouldn't they be paid by the states they represent?
Maybe they shouldn't be paid at all. They're almost all millionaires--if not when they take office, shortly after.
They mostly buy the office, anyway, then make a profit. We the People should get a cut.
I find direct democracy a terrifying notion. At least our representative democracy often slows things down enough for the fever of the day to pass.
My view mirrors Poul Anderson's Dominic Flandry, "Agent of the Terran Empire": Bureaucracies are often chiefly useful for their inertia. Efficiency can be dangerous.

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Omnivorous
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Message 77 of 102 (726852)
05-13-2014 12:25 PM
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05-13-2014 12:04 PM


Re: Mix and Match
RAZD writes:
Representative democracy will always be open\subject to corruption and corrupting influences, so how can we put a check on that process?
Damned if I know. I once thought our founders did a pretty good job of it, but as things stand, maybe not so much.
But I think the answer in any democracy lies with the voters. An electorate informed and involved enough for a just and effective direct democracy would do just as well at representative democracy, and vice versa.
Demand transparency, rein in big money: the essential political reform of our time. But the voters who indirectly created the current SCOTUS would do no better seating them directly.
I'm not inalterably opposed to national referenda, but the bar to launching them should be high, or we'll get knocked around like ping pong balls.

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Message 80 of 102 (726861)
05-13-2014 1:14 PM
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05-13-2014 1:06 PM


Re: Mix and Match
Tanypteryx writes:
And they should have to live in barracks during their term.
Barracks aren't so bad.
Let 'em live in slums and feed themselves with the average allotment of food stamps.

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