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Thu Oct 18, 2012, 12:53 PM

Which Millionaire Are You Voting For?

ELECTIONS are supposed to give us choices. We can reward incumbents or we can throw the bums out. We can choose Republicans or Democrats. We can choose conservative policies or progressive ones.

In most elections, however, we donít get a say in something important: whether weíre governed by the rich. By Election Day, that choice has usually been made for us. Would you like to be represented by a millionaire lawyer or a millionaire businessman? Even in our great democracy, we rarely have the option to put someone in office who isnít part of the elite.

Of course, many white-collar candidates care deeply about working-class Americans, those who earn a living in manual labor or service-industry jobs. Many are only a generation or two removed from relatives who worked in those fields. But why do so few elections feature candidates who have worked in blue-collar jobs themselves, at least for part of their lives? The working class is the backbone of our society, a majority of our labor force and 90 million people strong. Could it really be that not one former blue-collar worker is qualified to be president?

My research examines how the shortage of working-class people in public office affects our democracy and why there are so few former blue-collar workers in government in the first place. The data Iíve studied suggest that the working class itself probably isnít the problem. Itís true that workers tend to score a little lower on standard measures of political knowledge and civic engagement. But there are many more workers than there are, say, lawyers ó so many more, in fact, that there are probably more blue-collar Americans with the qualities we might want in our candidates than there are lawyers with those traits. If even only half a percent of blue-collar workers have what it takes to govern, there would still be enough of them to fill every seat in Congress and in every state legislature more than 40 times ó with enough left over to run thousands of City Councils.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/14/opinion/sunday/which-millionaire-are-you-voting-for.html?pagewanted=all

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Response to groovedaddy (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 12:56 PM

1. We need a little income leveling...

...and maybe some taxation on assets around here. Britain did a nice job of leveling after WWII, bringing some of the more unproductive wealthy to their knees.

Class Warfare? We haven't even fired the first shot against those Conservative criminals hiding behind the front group called the Republican "Party."

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Response to groovedaddy (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 12:56 PM

2. NYT tries its hand at vote suppression?

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Response to groovedaddy (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 01:24 PM

3. How many blue collar workers can take a year off work to run for office...

or even a few months?

Our system is set up so that people with disposable income have an advantage when running for office. Oh sure, you see some blue collar people in local offices, but the pay there is lousy, in most cases, and unless someone has a spouse willing to feed the family while the other pounds the pavement, it is very difficult.

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Response to groovedaddy (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 01:36 PM

4. Obama wasn't a millionaire till he ran for President and wrote a best selling book.

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He's hardly in the same category as Romney. He was raised by a single mother, and by his grandparents in a little apartment, and he just finished paying off his student loans a few years ago. He's lived in the real world.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #4)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 08:28 AM

5. For sure. Obama has not experienced the "wealth bubble" that Romney has lived in

his entire life.

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Response to groovedaddy (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 08:36 AM

6. The Good one that earned it. nt

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Response to groovedaddy (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 09:05 AM

7. du rec. nt

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Response to groovedaddy (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 10:24 AM

8. Citizen's united has sealed the deal.... We are going back to the days when politics was

a arena for the wealthy only... I think the future Paul Wellstones will need to find another method to impact our countries policies...

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