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  •  Limiting representation of the whole country (7+ / 0-)

    to 535 people is simply not going to work. The 535 cannot listen to 300 million people. So who do they listen to? The 50 to 100 people who fund their campaigns. And the people who fund their campaigns tell them, "What I want is what the country wants, and what I want is maximal profits and minimal taxes and regulation."

    The job of the politician is to "sell" that lie to the general public, the public whom they don't represent or listen to. And they can't really do that, so instead they talk about socialism, and big government, and all the rest of the tired shibboleths they've used for decades. And it works. The average worker really thinks that the problem is "liberalism," and just keeps voting Republican every time.

    Yes, America is a Banana Republic. The worst one.

    "I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. -- John Stuart Mill (March, 1866)

    by Blood on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 08:03:07 AM PDT

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