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 Luminair on Tue 6th Nov 2012 20:47 UTC in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
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the system is broken because you can only choose from 2 people from the same 2 sides all the time. there is no nuance that exists in real life. it is like a cartoon tv show. implement approval voting to fix this.

it is also broken because at least half the power in government is held by congress, which is itself a bunch of lifers who sit in meetings with rich people all day. they do not represent the electorate as much as the lobbyists they hang out with full time. right now they are accountable to voters for a couple months every 4 years. but they are accountable daily to their friends who donate constantly. "remove money from politics" to fix this.

it is also broken because congress writes laws that benefit each local area rather than the union. the state and local government is supposed to take care of that business. what is the fed for again? cronies in congress spending their life spending federal money building federal widgets down the street? that's right. presidential line item veto is the quickest way to help this.

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Tue 6th Nov 2012 21:02 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
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Well, I agree with you - system is broken in those ways as well. The reality of 2 parties only always surprised me. Lobbying and paid laws are a major problem indeed, as all the sickness of SOPA and co. clearly shows.

Edited 2012-11-06 21:03 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by demetrioussharpe on Thu 8th Nov 2012 14:59 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
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...presidential line item veto is the quickest way to help this.

Congress tried to give Bill Clinton this power. However, they're so stupid, that they didn't even bother to read the constitution & figure out the correct way to do this. It's something that only can be correctly done by modifying the constitution. They should've posed it to the public as a referendum. This would've allowed the public to vote for a constitutional change that would give the president this power cleanly. Unfortunately, they tried to do this as a bill; which got struck down for being unconstitutional. If only they'd done their homework.

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