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    Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    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.

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

    No, they should be required to read everything they vote on.

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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 related to the question metaphorically. I think a politician should be intimately familiar with the everyday living costs/expenses of his constituents to be able to relate to the problems it is his duty to resolve. Milk is just an example of one cost, not an only answer.

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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 too.

    They should at least have a general idea of how their constituents are doing, wrt real life ability to maintain reasonable standards of living.
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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.
    Politicians live inside a bubble in which everything is done for them. Their speeches are written for them, someone shops for their food, drops off and picks up their dry cleaning, picks up their kids at school, drives them, and someone cleans their houses. Point is, even if you did tell a politician the price of a container of milk, I don't think he'd have the ability to process that information into any kind of real world context.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    I related to the question metaphorically. I think a politician should be intimately familiar with the everyday living costs/expenses of his constituents to be able to relate to the problems it is his duty to resolve. Milk is just an example of one cost, not an only answer.
    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.
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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    Who buys pints of milk? This is 'Murica, goddamnit. We buy milk by the gallon! Only Guinness ought to be measured in pints.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Politicians live inside a bubble in which everything is done for them. Their speeches are written for them, someone shops for their food, drops off and picks up their dry cleaning, picks up their kids at school, drives them, and someone cleans their houses. Point is, even if you did tell a politician the price of a container of milk, I don't think he'd have the ability to process that information into any kind of real world context.
    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.
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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    That too.

    They should at least have a general idea of how their constituents are doing, wrt real life ability to maintain reasonable standards of living.
    Fine, but someone who is not out of touch would realize that most people don't buy milk in pints, unless this is also a math quiz.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    Fine, but someone who is not out of touch would realize that most people don't buy milk in pints, unless this is also a math quiz.

    Good point.

    Maybe the politician in question buys milk from the corner convenience store.
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