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Tuesday, March 02, 2010


Democracy sounds like a good idea

Maybe we ought to try it sometime. It's not enough we have billionaires and multi-millionaires spending money like water in an attempt to buy themselves political office, or companies spending millions to influence votes on ballot measures, with both phenomena employing appeals to voters' "intelligence" on about the level of a Coke vs. Pepsi ad. No, I take that back, Coke and Pepsi don't typically lie about either their own product or their competitors product, they just pump up the hype (or flash sexy women at the viewers, whatever works).

Then we come to Congress, where we find out that a majority of 100 is 60, not 51, and now we learn that, not just 41 people, but just one person in the Congress can affect the course of legislation.

And all these people will no doubt go on at length about how this is the "greatest democracy in the world."

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