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  • Yes, but only marginally important.

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  • I don't want a politician to be an average person.

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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Knowing the price of milk isn't the point, I believe. The point is how relatable the politician is and how capable they are of understanding our needs and how things affect us. *I* don't care if they're spot on, but I do want them to be reasonably close and know if it's trending up or down at the moment, and why.
    Milk? No. A lot of people don't drink milk. A gallon of gas? Yes. Add: mortgage interest rates and typical mortgage payment, the average electric bill for a typical family, etc.
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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Fair point. I would hope, though, that they'd be able to reach back into the dusty cobwebs of their memory and remember what it means. At least in concept.

    2nd & 3rd generation politicians, excepted, of course.
    I doubt they could. I've seen studies that found most people are generally crap at appreciating the full difficulty of their lives before they were rich and powerful. And if they were never poor to begin with? Well, just forget about it. People who have been rich their entire lives have about as much hope relating to the difficulty of affording groceries as I do relating to the everyday concerns of avoiding being killed by warlords in the Congo.

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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Knowing the price of milk isn't the point, I believe. The point is how relatable the politician is and how capable they are of understanding our needs and how things affect us. *I* don't care if they're spot on, but I do want them to be reasonably close and know if it's trending up or down at the moment, and why.
    I don't think I could tell you the price of a pint of milk, so I don't really care if a politician can or not. I don't know that I've ever even bought a pint of milk, or even whether my grocery store sells milk in pints. I usually buy a half gallon.
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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    No, they should be required to read everything they vote on.
    That's hilarious.

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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Knowing the price of milk isn't the point, I believe. The point is how relatable the politician is and how capable they are of understanding our needs and how things affect us. *I* don't care if they're spot on, but I do want them to be reasonably close and know if it's trending up or down at the moment, and why.
    No. I buy milk every week and I barely remember what the price of milk is. It's like 2-4ish dollars. Something like that.

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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Knowing the price of milk isn't the point, I believe. The point is how relatable the politician is and how capable they are of understanding our needs and how things affect us. *I* don't care if they're spot on, but I do want them to be reasonably close and know if it's trending up or down at the moment, and why.
    Most milk is sold in gallons or half gallons so probably not

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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    "No, not really important at all."

    The real reason is no sane economist would suggest such the associated micromanagement with what is being proposed by forcing politicians to know the daily price of any one good or service. It is one of those things that sounds like a good idea until you realize the consequences of having politicians make decisions based upon those prices, and ultimately you end up with economic fault from price motivated political "feel good" intentions.
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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    I agree, but when you say "intimately" I think 'within reason'. For example, if a gallon of milk is presently $3.49, and they answer $3.19, that's fine. But if they were to answer $1.69 that would tell me they are completely out of touch.


    I think knowing the price of milk right now, today a good thing and might show they are not completely detached.

    However, knowing the trending prices in relation to last year, 2 years back and the conditions that will inflate or hold stable is what we should look for in our leaders.

    Our leaders don't do this, though. And we allow them to not do it. Our country has not had national policies on much of anything in about a decade.

    How's that been working out for us?

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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    We'd all really be much better off if our representatives met a few times a year, or in emergency session, to discuss the protection of our lives, liberty and property and little else. Then they could go back to their regular jobs. Full time representatives have too much time to make decisions about which they have no Constitutional authority. They need to stay out of our business.
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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    Most people don't know most things most of the time.

    I think most men probably don't know the price of milk.

    People mainly only remember things like this if they are struggling with money - and politicians are not....

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