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  •  47% of Congress Members are Millionaires (3+ / 0-)
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    cruz, SaraBeth, isabelle hayes

    — a Status Shared by Only 1% of Americans.

    'Nuff said.

    Revolution.

    A closed mind believes the future and the present will be the same, attempting to counteract an underlying fear that the future will be worse than the present, which inhibits the tendency to question at all. (Paraphrasing "A Course in Miracles.")

    by ceebee7 on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 04:32:10 AM PDT

    •  Only 47%??? (0+ / 0-)

      My impression is that the number is significantly higher - perhaps double your estimate.

      •  Or triple. (2+ / 0-)
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        glbTVET, happymisanthropy

        This is one of the problems with representative democracy. The representatives often don't represent the electorate. In Athens they had an assembly that anyone* could show up to and vote in and they had a council of citizens chosen by lottery rather than elected.

        *Anyone means any male citizen, since female citizens were excluded, so if you were to try such a thing in modern day America you'd need to call up Governor Romney and get him to show you his binders, and you'd have to make sure the assembly business was all done by 5 so the women could get home to cook dinner for their husbands and kids.

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