Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Nov 2012 11:37 UTC
In the News "This election won't hinge on technology issues. Just look at prevailing discussions this year at the national level: major candidates have sparred over Iran's nuclear ambitions, the role of government, inane comments on the female body, and to nobody's surprise, the economy. Despite that fact, many decisions will be taken up by the next US president and those in Congress that will affect the world of tech, and by consequence, the real lives of citizens and human beings around the world - from alternative energy, to the use of killer drones, the regulation of wireless spectrum, and policies that aim to control content on the internet. Your chance to vote is just around the corner. Here's what's at stake in tech this election, and how the major candidates could influence our future." Happy voting, American readers. Whatever you pick, please take at least a few minutes to consider that the implications of your choice do not end at the US border.
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RE: Comment by shmerl
by kittynipples on Tue 6th Nov 2012 19:56 UTC in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
kittynipples
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2006-08-02

The President is not there to be a direct representative of the people; he is the chief executive and commander of the military. I see no reason why the position must necessarily be chosen directly by 300 million people with the attention spans of a 5 yr old, or why the current system is "broken."

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Tue 6th Nov 2012 20:19 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
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2010-06-08

In some countries parties choose the head of the executive branch, and indirection is even stronger. But this approach proved to be too corrupted in general, since that power doesn't feel obligated for the populace (since essentially it isn't elected).

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