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EREBUS0
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re: Changing the political system
EREBUS0   11/1/2012 7:44:15 PM
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I would limit campaigning to a thirty day period and make it illegal to badger the public with phone calls. I have been getting 4 or 5 calls a day. This is rediculus. I already voted and they still call. Political parties should not be exempt from the do not call list. Just my opinion.

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BrianBailey   11/1/2012 11:12:09 PM
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I love it when they call me and tell them I don't care what they tell me I will not vote for them - because I cant. When they change that I will listen. Taxation without representation is alive and well!

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David Ashton   11/2/2012 2:24:57 AM
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@ Brian - "what changes would you make?" Get engineers (who CAN do stuff) to run the place rather than lawyers and other parasites who seem unable to DO anything...... (And to forestall any criticism - "The power of accurate observation is often called cynicism byt those who do not have it" - George Bernard Shaw, Playwright and Author)

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BrianBailey   11/2/2012 2:22:59 PM
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Are you telling me that you plan to run for election David?

EREBUS0
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EREBUS0   11/4/2012 9:17:07 PM
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David brings up a good point. If we engineers can do better, then why do we not run for office? You cannot change Washington by just complaining. Unfortunately, you still have to convince the remaining idiots to vote for you. Good luck.

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IDontUseTheForumSoWhyAmIForc   11/5/2012 5:34:51 PM
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I would change the accountabilty of the participants. In particular, the Supreme Court has ruled that candidates are not legally liable to perform on any promises they make during the campaigning. In other words, the court allows them to lie to win your vote. Since we elect the candidates based on these promises, it doesn't give me much faith in the entire system.

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ljp93105   11/5/2012 6:28:00 PM
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Why do engineers not run for office? Because we can look ahead and see how unpleasant it is. The cost of a congressional campaign is now about three times the total salary received while in office. In other words, only corrupt people can win. If you figure out a way to fix that without severely rewriting the "free speech" provisions of the constitution, let me know.

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David Ashton   11/7/2012 11:22:00 PM
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Naaah...it's tough enough getting electronics to do what I want....an electorate would be much worse (even though they start the same... :-) Others have pointed out other reasons below - and as Erebus says, "Good Luck..."

David Ashton
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David Ashton   11/7/2012 11:23:29 PM
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ButYouDoUseTheForumSoWhyNotPickABetterName?

shikantaza
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shikantaza   11/8/2012 7:37:36 PM
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NO ENGINEERS for president. Herbert Hoover was an engineer: ran the economy straight to the toilet. Jimmy Carter was an engineer. He is a Good Man, but was a terrible president.

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