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  •  One person one vote or one dollar one vote? (0+ / 0-)

    Fairness implies a process in which people get to say what they think is fair.

    If they get to say what they think is fair by electing the people who will adopt and implement policies for the general welfare, you have a political system of fairness that rests on the one person one vote principle (albeit corrupted by the increasingly undue influence of money). Essentially, government exists as a system that allows everyone to participate in achieving fair results - the greatest good for the greatest number.

    But money also talks. In a free market economy, the invisible hand of the market enables people to make choices by the way they spend. Some people believe that government does not make fair decisions, but that the marketplace offers a pure uncorruptible system in which the interplay of individual choices leads to the best results. This might be true in some situations, but only if the disparities in wealth were not so enormous.

    Republicons have made it clear that they do not believe in government as a way to achieve the best results. Of course not: Republicons are devoted to the interests of a wealthy minority.

    Everything Rmoney says makes it clear that he believes in the invisible hand of the marketplace, rather than government, to achieve the best results. He thinks that's fair, but he's wrong. The marketplace, like Rmoney, measures everything in terms of economic benefit, but not every benefit can be measured in terms of money. Policies that promote the greatest good for the greatest wealth are a recipe for social disaster, and consequently economic disaster as well.

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