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March 16, 2010 – Comments (15)

From CNBC:

"50 percent of Americans said they wished they could vote every member of Congress out of office irrespective of party."

  

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#1) On March 16, 2010 at 8:11 PM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

Most americans think there rep is doing a good job, has their interests at heart. I would say 50% of Americans would like to vote somebody else's rep out of office.

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#2) On March 16, 2010 at 8:19 PM, outoffocus (23.21) wrote:

My biggest fear is the alternative may be no better.

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#3) On March 16, 2010 at 8:52 PM, OneLegged (< 20) wrote:

I am just glad the taxpayers have the honor of paying these 500 some odd bottom feeders around $1000 per day each (plus bennies and expenses of course). 

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#4) On March 16, 2010 at 9:41 PM, Donnernv (< 20) wrote:

Well, I get to vote against Reid.

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#5) On March 16, 2010 at 9:46 PM, dickseacup (66.88) wrote:

I haven't voted for an incumbent in a decade. I'll vote Communist Party before I vote Democrat, Republican, incumbent or career politican. At least the Communist Party candidate is up front about planning on stealing from me to give it to someone else. The vast majority of American voters won't wake up until some time after the collapse...if even then.

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#6) On March 16, 2010 at 11:00 PM, starbucks4ever (96.21) wrote:

A Crow was sitting of a tree holding a piece of cheese on its beak when a Fox was running by. Upon seeing the Crow, the Fox stopped by the tree, and said, "Hey, Crow, will you vote for the incumbent party?" "Yes!" - answered the Crow. The next second the Fox was running away with the cheese. "I wonder, - the Crow said to himself - if I said "No", would the result be any different?".

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#7) On March 16, 2010 at 11:18 PM, Tastylunch (29.44) wrote:

What makes you think they haven't been trying to do this for decades?

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#8) On March 16, 2010 at 11:23 PM, TMFHousel (90.96) wrote:

"What makes you think they haven't been trying to do this for decades?"

Election results, for one.  

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#9) On March 17, 2010 at 10:47 AM, Schmacko (54.61) wrote:

That quote describes me... sadly I have very small selection of incumbents I can vote against. 

I think a big part of the problem is that the two parties have done a pretty good job of redefining congressional districts over the years so that certain districts become party strongholds.  

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#10) On March 17, 2010 at 12:10 PM, 08PortfolioModel (33.66) wrote:

Anybody that has studied knows, that in politics:

There is no such thing as a two party system. Without a third party the two party system becomes nothing more than a two headed monster.

The real solution is Instant Run Off Voting:

 Animated Example Voting Sequence - http://www.chrisgates.net/irv/votesequence.html

Instant Run Off Voting - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant-runoff_voting

 

(Don't tell me you didn't want Gore to win, I'm talking about democracy.)

 

 

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#11) On March 17, 2010 at 12:17 PM, Turfscape (44.64) wrote:

So...what this blog is saying is that 50% of Americans wish to retain all incumbents...And, it appears they are! Democracy wins again?

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#12) On March 18, 2010 at 12:46 AM, Tastylunch (29.44) wrote:

TMFHousel 

"Election results, for one. "

funny that's what leads me to conclude the opposite. I guess we see it differently.

maybe I'm just influenced by the fact that I live in purple city in a purple state.

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#13) On March 22, 2010 at 3:27 PM, jdlech (< 20) wrote:

Why don't we?  Because of the horrible alternatives we have.  The phrase "absolute power corrupts absolutely" is a misnomer.

 

Power attracts the corruptible.  Absolute power attracts the absolutely corruptible.  Most everyone who wants the job are already corrupt before they ever get there.

What we need to do elect people who don't want the job - and only under conditions that increase their reluctance.

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#14) On March 22, 2010 at 3:32 PM, TMFHousel (90.96) wrote:

That is an interesting point, jdlech. So should political office be like jury duty? 

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#15) On March 22, 2010 at 4:38 PM, Griffin416 (99.97) wrote:

We should go to the old Plato society system. Where the politicians have zero money and live like monks. End result is no corruption.

Do I even want to know how much pork is in this health bill? 1,650 pages, no one will even read this thing to find it.

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