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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    On the second part: pipe dream. I think we had reached a comparative wall decades ago in terms of what we have been able to do. Campaign finance reform has been heavily loaded with loopholes and unintended consequences since the Democrats played with it post-68. Then there is small Internet donations. As soon as that happened, the level of talk about more reforms went down the tubes. Many people were quite happy with contributing their small sums when they saw the numbers resuming from it.
    Didn't say it was plausible, but if it could be done somehow that would be a priority for me.

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    The main thing I want in a presidential candidate is someone who will fight for the working class of this nation against right wing efforts to repeal much of the last 100 years of gains. I am not sure that ANY statement can convince me. We have someone in there today who said lots of great things and makes lots of terrific statements only to cave in to the interests of the rich and corporations when push comes to shove.
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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    It's absurd how many people realize the futility of voting yet continue to do so.
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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Rider View Post
    ....voting is really the only way that we citizens can effect change in our Government.
    Our Republic is doomed. It's just a matter of time.

    A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.
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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Our Republic is doomed. It's just a matter of time.
    where is that quote from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Didn't say it was plausible, but if it could be done somehow that would be a priority for me.
    Eh, I am not convinced anymore. Essentially, a new form of organization balloons each time legislation passes, and then there is an uproar to fix it. We do, and then a different forms starts up again, repeat.
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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Eh, I am not convinced anymore. Essentially, a new form of organization balloons each time legislation passes, and then there is an uproar to fix it. We do, and then a different forms starts up again, repeat.
    I disagree. A new organization/structure never forms. Only lip service is paid to reform, while the underlying structures still exist.

    Remember when the Tea Party said they'd make everyone do away with earmarks? Yeah, until earmarks found their way into authorization and appropriations bills...with at least some if not most of the Tea Party caucus members themselves as culprits.

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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    where is that quote from?
    I don't think anyone's sure. Library of Congress says:

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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    I would like a candidate that says, "I don't know what is going on in D.C., but I will find out, tell you about it, and try to fix it."

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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    I would like a candidate that says, "I don't know what is going on in D.C., but I will find out, tell you about it, and try to fix it."
    Gosh, where have we heard that before, I wonder...

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