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  •  Why didn't he care about American people in 2000? (9+ / 0-)

    Half a million more American people voted for Al Gore in Twenty Hundred than for George Bush. Where was Boehner in supporting the will of these American people?

    In 2012, more people voted for Democratic representatives than for Republicans. So why does Boehner allow the results of gerrymandering to stand?

    Even if you could justify the technicalities involved, Boehner still is proclaiming that when the GOP lies and the people fall for it, telling the truth is an elitist act. If the debate over the Affordable Care Act had not seen so many lies, the poll results would be much more positive. Don't believe it? Run a poll pairing attitudinal questions with ones testing their knowledge of the debate. How do people who believed Sarah Palin's lie about "Death Panels" differ from those who know the truth?

    Freedom's just another word for not enough to eat. --Paul Krugman's characterization of conservative attitudes.

    by Judge Moonbox on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 08:10:11 AM PDT

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    •  Innumeracy (0+ / 0-)
      In 2012, more people voted for Democratic representatives than for Republicans. So why does Boehner allow the results of gerrymandering to stand?
      You need to work on your understanding of arithmetic.  Representatives are elected by districts.  Even if district boundaries are drawn by objective criteria that have nothing to do with party registration, it is still possible for votes by party to be unequally distributed.
      •  But they weren't. (0+ / 0-)

        Okay, there are a few states where boundaries are drawn by objective criteria. Add the states, like Maryland, where gerrymandering was done to favor Democrats. Together, they can't balance the states where district lines were drawn to favor Republicans.

        I suppose you could compare it to a person wildly waving a gun around, and it accidently discharges and kills a person the gun wielder has long talked of killing. The charge could be reduced to involuntary manslaughter or even reckless endangerment, but it's still a crime.

        The Republicans did draw districts in their states to favor GOP candidates. If they don't want it said that their majority is the result of this gerrymandering, the burden of proof should be on them.
        In any case, Boehner should just forget about talking about what the American people want.

        Freedom's just another word for not enough to eat. --Paul Krugman's characterization of conservative attitudes.

        by Judge Moonbox on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 09:52:17 AM PDT

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