Yes, but it could never get passed.
I have no opinion.
Last edited by Morality Games; 07-21-09 at 12:50 PM.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
Couple that with the massive expansion of government since we've implemented universal suffrage and you have your answer.
95% incumbency rate is pretty bad in my opinion.
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
One thing people need to remember is that California isn't some huge monolith where everyone drives a prius and drinks latte. Sure, SF is going to be deep blue, but you'd have people in Orange County, in the farming country, and in the mountains that vote republican. I'm sure NY is the same way.
As an aside, the conservative argument for the EC has always seemed to me to come down to vote welfare. They need to be subsidized with a system that gives them a built in advantage, instead of competing on an level playing field.
I wouldn't be surprised if in a decade or two, conservatives are railing against the EC as unfair. Nowdays we end up with superstates in the EC. These are large states with an ungodly amount of EV. Lets imagine the dems win CA, NY, IL, New England. That puts them at 141 votes. Lets say that demographic trends turn Texas and Florida blue. That puts the dems at 202 votes. Can you really beat that kind of built in advantage? I don't think so.
The Makeout Hobo is real, and does indeed travel around the country in his van and make out with ladies... If you meet the Makeout Hobo, it is customary to greet him with a shot of whiskey and a high five (if you are a dude) or passionate makeouts (if you are a lady).