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  •  That's a great point... (1+ / 0-)
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    JamieG from Md

    and I think it has value in the context of elections.  While I admit my ignorance, I'm still not sure that the same analysis is relevant once "election season" is over.

    If anything, I think you cut to the core issue better than I did:  If true democracy reasserted itself at the polls in 2012, how has that changed between the election and now?  Have policy decisions mirrored the electoral results and voters' desired outcome?

    You think it's hot? Imagine what it would be like if global warming really existed!

    by JSc on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 08:04:05 PM PDT

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    •  JSc - are contributions less than $200 (1+ / 0-)
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      JSc

      even recorded anywhere?

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:53:45 PM PDT

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      •  Not that I know of - maybe rely on self-reporting? (1+ / 0-)
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        VClib

        Like I said--it's not a perfect or even fully-developed idea.  That said, I'm still curious whether we could actually measure how broken the system has become (even if our measurement has some inherent error).

        You think it's hot? Imagine what it would be like if global warming really existed!

        by JSc on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 04:09:00 AM PDT

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