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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    A good plan for the minimization of corporate influence in the election process would be a big one for me. This would require some extreme reform though, and I'm afraid the Supreme Court may have put an end to any hope of campaign finance reform in the foreseeable future.

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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    Geez... I go out for a sammich... come back... and my Poll has disappeared and the accompanied text abbreviated... What's with that?????

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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Rider View Post
    Geez... I go out for a sammich... come back... and my Poll has disappeared and the accompanied text abbreviated... What's with that?????
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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    People thinking that raising taxes on the rich is "unfair" and is going to cause some melt down. And people not knowing or understanding socialism


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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    Joooooooobs

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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    With the Poll in one thread and most of the replies in another without the Poll... eh... Whatever.

    Most of the issues raised in the replies are valid and surely need attention. But to my way of thinking, we'll continue to see nothing but political song and dance until such time as we can figure out a way to eliminate, or at least greatly reduce the possibility of reelecting the incumbants. Two terms?- sure, I can buy that. Three?- eh, maybe some sort of override mechanism requiring say 75% of their constituant voters for one more term, OK. But that's it.

    For us to be able to get legislation that benefits the vast majority of us, legislation that's best for America without pandering to special interest groups at the expense of the majority, we've got to eliminate the cause of the problem: reelectumitis!

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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Rider View Post
    Short of armed revolution, voting is really the only way that we citizens can effect change in our Government. Assuming that the choice of candidates have expressed their positions with at least some degree of truthfullness (sure, Wilbur..), which single statement stated to be at or near the TOP of a candidate's agenda would be most likely to convince you to vote for that person?
    Nothing - I don't ply ot one line empty promises on the campaign trail. As is evident by countless other people being suckered in: usually people often promise more than they can, want or have the ability to try to put through.

    "I'll close Gitmo" is one: not so easy, is it?
    "I'll bring the troops home NOW!" - yeah right, my ass!
    "I will improve America and restore our grandeur" - bull****!

    See - stuff like that. It's all crap.

    Even if someone was successful at pursuing a change or action in their own state - that doesn't mean that they can control Congress the same way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    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.
    No, there were substantial changes since the 1970s. What changed was structures of organizations and what we called them. Each time we dealt with the problem, another sprung back up in the form of a wholly different org. So then we act against them, and then the something happens once more.

    Most of the reforms came from Democrats in order to 1) Deal with their party's problems ("the fat cats"). 2) On the side, effect the Republicans. To me, even if the courts reverse the opinion that "money is freedom of speech," you will not drastically reduce the impact of money on politics/ elections.

    I have given up most of the rhetoric and have come to the conclusion that this is just about as good as we are going to get.

    Earmarks: yeah. I call that complaint "How to appeal to populists 101."
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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Rider View Post
    Short of armed revolution, voting is really the only way that we citizens can effect change in our Government. Assuming that the choice of candidates have expressed their positions with at least some degree of truthfullness (sure, Wilbur..), which single statement stated to be at or near the TOP of a candidate's agenda would be most likely to convince you to vote for that person?
    It would be one of two things depending on whatever else was happening at the time:

    "We will adopt a foreign policy of minimal offshore balancing." OR "We will focus on rebuilding our public education system in order to prepare ALL students for college and instill the creative thinking required for the innovation age."

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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    Single payer healthcare and the revitalization of the space program are my top priorities. Otherwise, I'm not a single issue voter but there are some issues that can entirely disqualify a candidate no matter what else they have to say-- chiefly gun control, fair or flat taxes, and opposition to public education.

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