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February 17, 2011 – Rock the hell on!
February 17, 2011
February 17, 2011 – I think this is certainly true: I would extend it further. Even in local districts, contributors to campaigns have the most physical access to lawmakers. Who contributes more, car dealers and doctors, or secretaries, truck drivers and even software engineers? Taking it further still, politics is often about identification. Angry people who win political office present themselves as standing up for the “little guy”, defined in terms of their own socio-economic standing, not in absolute economic terms. And let’s go out one more level: if you run for office as a “little guy” and effectively tell a life story about struggle and sacrifice, it will be a story of the past, not the present. Continued success in politics will require you to associate with people who have money, thus separating you from whatever representative connection you have to tose who don’t have money. I’m not drawing a direct line between poverty and nobility. I’m simply saying that representative democracy based on socio-economic standing is extremely difficult to maintain, and that the scales tend to tip against it based on the inertia of politics.
February 17, 2011 – Martini basics; simple and well-explained.
February 16, 2011
February 15, 2011
February 16, 2011 – A clueless blowhard like this guy is far more worthy of scorn than most of the people who slip up and make inartful soundbytes. Let’s hope the Republicans escort Mr. Barbour to the back of the bus.