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By jfuller05 ·
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http://blog.american.com/2012/05/if-obama-was-a-stock-this-chart-would-make-you-want-to-short-it/

This is very interesting. Chances of Obama winning re-election are falling.

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Actually, Ansu

by NickNielsen In reply to Augh; that's a good examp ...

Based on the people running his campaign and giving him his policy briefings, we'll get George W all over again.

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Who is Romney's "pulling-his-cheney"?

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Actually, Ansu

Or will it be a headless chicken act?
I heard about the Russia remark, and that sure wasn't very clever... at least, if he's working for the Chinese, I'd expect him to hide it better.

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purposes, orientation

by john.a.wills In reply to oh my

I suggest that the first thing to get clear is what the purpose of government is (I don't mean give a list of functions of government). Next should be determined what the governments of concern are doing contrary to that purpose (not what they are doing that one disagrees with, nor how they are failing in that purpose).

After those two steps one can look at the candidates and decide which is most likely, if elected, to end the activities contrary to the purpose; secondarily, one can reflect on which candidate is most likely to get the government doing the things it should be doing.

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The third way

by AnsuGisalas In reply to purposes, orientation

One can look at how one might use one's vote to disturb and menace the candidates and parties as much as possible, in order to suggest that future candidates be picked more better
Isn't that what Darth Nader is for? :^0

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or fourth or fifth or nth way...

by john.a.wills In reply to The third way

The best way to disturb the parties into choosing better candidates in future is precisely to follow my recipe above. Of course, in some states, e.g. South Africa, my recipe does not work because there are no candidates, just lists of candidates, so that my recipe has to be amended slightly. Where I voted (I have lost my rights due to long absence abroad) I used to send the candidates short questionnaires based on my recipe; their responses were frustrating, especially the inability to answer question 1: What is the purpose of government?

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Ah, interviewing the prospective hires...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to or fourth or fifth or nth ...

Yes, having to attempt communication with the polytickal mobs must be rather frustrating.

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Well

by NickNielsen In reply to oh my

It's not like the American Enterprise Institute doesn't have an agenda...

Gotta keep the faithful entertained. If we don't, they might start reading on their own....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Enterprise_Institute

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Someone crafted a terriffic burn into that wikipedia article

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Well

"Some AEI scholars are considered to be some of the leading architects of the second Bush administration's public policy."
That there is some finely distilled verbal napalm.

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Ain't it, though

by NickNielsen In reply to Someone crafted a terriff ...

I believe it falls in the category of "damned with faint praise"...

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