Happy Birthday RS!
B-day, B-day, girls love bidet!
Happy 26th...and many more ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Enjoy ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Has it been a year already? Happy Birthday RedSky!
It's interesting to read your account of how your system works. Different from us Yanks. We'll neither of us get our way -- too much $$$ to be made. But we got the answer, I"m certain.
Yeah, it's definitely a balancing act. The problem I see with being overly reliant on recalls is you bring back the influence of populist/money in politics influence through the continuous threat it introduces. Ideally I reckon it would be more reliant on rigidly and effectively enforced judicial oversight that would keep power/abuse constrained rather than constantly bringing elected officials back to the polls. But then you have the chicken or the egg issue that effective curbs need to first be codified into law and politicians will not generally willingly limit their power. It would be great for example, if there were laws strictly barring congressional members in the US from profiting from their inside information but even when they got media flack for it, it wasn't fixed. I guess what I'm really advocating is a more republic-esque weighted democracy than currently exists, i.e. more delegation of power in representatives of the public, for longer periods of time that currently exists. The logic being that while this detaches politics somewhat more from public opinion, it's the only practical way to detach representatives from the money/politics angle, which is the more serious corroding influence. In reality though, it's probably not that simple. I mean one of the reason I'm in support of this is because I see the damage that our short 3 year term Prime MInister positions in Australia do, in that there's a constant obsession with polling. Arguably, we have more concentration of power here because of a parliamentary system where legislative and executive wings are merged, but the flipside of that is at any time election polling can create a leadership challenge and displace the elected, which is how we've had 4 leadership changes from 2007-13. Having said that, even over that period we've had some very reasonable policies implemented. Opening up comparison of public school performance, an extended national disability insurance scheme, large public infrastructure spending on broadband, a tax that collected excess mining revenues during the commodity prices boom and a carbon tax. Admittedly the last 3 are either getting curbed or replaced by the new government but on balance I would say more has gotten done here than in the US over that period. Overall it's hard to say what really causes dysfunction. I'm sure ultimately culture, accepted behavioural norms, societal cohesion and other such intangible factors also play a large part, and they are all hard to measure, compare and can only change gradually over decades.
I have come to the same conclusion about longer terms and term limits, however I came to a more radical conclusion -- one term limit. Double everything in the Constitution -- 2 becomes 4, 4 becomes 8 -- and one term only. (There is always recall if they are egregiously awful) That means -- zero attention to fund raising. Zero attention to popularity polls. You can vote your conscience instead of party lines, when you have more information than the short attention span public. One thing will happen, I predict.... the general public will be all -- being in power corrupted them. I hear it now in our small town, when someone gets elected to the Food Coop Board of Directors. They are all radical until they are elected, learn their responsibilities to ALL members, and tone down the rhetoric. And are then called corrupted by power. Better that than REALLY corrupted by forces having nothing to do with doing a good job -- like public polls and getting re-elected.
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Thanks RedSky! In Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in October but it's still pretty swell!!!
Many thanks. And happy thanksgiving! (even though we don't celebrate it here in koala land but I'm told it's quite swell indeed)
You just received a gift of 2 Power Points from member @pumkinandstorm. What an incredible meatbag.
Thank you for the promote!!
Thank you for the promote RedSky!!
I always suspected that the jury pool was all white because there wasn't a black person available who didn't already have an opinion. At least, of those chosen for the jury pool.
I'm more interested in how voir dire didn't result in a jury racial balance more representational of wider US demographics at large. That's not to suggest that these kinds of decisions necessarily occur on the basis of racial lines but if there's any credibility to the comments they discuss that the white juror made, then there's a clear need for representational relatability.
You just received a gift of 2 Power Points from member @pumkinandstorm. What a gorgeous human being.
Why, thank you for the power points
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