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jobendorfer Donating Member (429 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-04 02:41 PM
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23. two and a half suggestions
1. Public funding of elections to minimize corporate influence.
(I say minimize, because "to eliminate" would be on the order of
Canute ordering the tide rolled back.)

2. Reinstate the fairness doctrine, require as a condition
of television or radio licensure air time for debates and
position statements.

The "half-suggestion": remove from candidacy any candidate who
cannot solve a quadratic equation. To keep their brains from
hurting too much, we'll only use as test questions quadratic
equations with positive integer roots. This would ensure that
a candidate can memorize and perform 4 to 5 sequential logical
steps, thus eliminating vast swaths of the political establish-
ment.

God, I'm cranky today.

J.
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  - Take religion out of the equation  Killarney   May-12-04 02:07 PM   #1 
  - ok, but how?  AgentLadyBug   May-12-04 02:15 PM   #7 
     - I think by addressing it head-on. Like it or not...  belle   May-12-04 11:43 PM   #49 
  - Bring back the Fairness Doctrine  lulu   May-12-04 02:11 PM   #2 
  - And roll back media monopolies ...  struggle4progress   May-12-04 02:15 PM   #6 
  - what's the Fairness Doctrine?  AgentLadyBug   May-12-04 02:16 PM   #10 
     - Fairness Doctrine used to be an FCC rule that required  struggle4progress   May-12-04 02:18 PM   #12 
        - ah yes.....  AgentLadyBug   May-12-04 02:31 PM   #19 
        - RIght, they said it had to be done away with  No2W2004   May-12-04 03:32 PM   #36 
  - There are five people who must be punished first.  dbt   May-12-04 02:12 PM   #3 
  - don't get me wrong, but.....  AgentLadyBug   May-12-04 02:20 PM   #13 
  - There seems to be one...  jmowreader   May-12-04 03:29 PM   #35 
  - The Constitution says nothing about  Yupster   May-12-04 10:43 PM   #46 
     - But Florida didn't get to "choose its electors any way it pleased"  jmowreader   May-13-04 11:12 AM   #50 
  - Answers  No2W2004   May-12-04 03:43 PM   #40 
  - Yep. That will be a very good first step in cleaning up  Jacobin   May-12-04 09:58 PM   #42 
  - Have a minimum IQ requirement ?  DoYouEverWonder   May-12-04 02:14 PM   #4 
  - like say, 85?  ABB_04   May-12-04 02:16 PM   #9 
  - Eighty-five???  billyskank   May-12-04 02:51 PM   #25 
  - Why isn't that ever considered as a constitutional amendment? eom  struggle4progress   May-12-04 02:16 PM   #11 
     - I think for 2 big reasons.....  AgentLadyBug   May-12-04 02:26 PM   #16 
        - No, it wouldn't.  shimmergal   May-12-04 03:37 PM   #37 
        - Well, my post was actually sarcastic ...  struggle4progress   May-12-04 09:49 PM   #41 
  - Parlliament?  DarthReagan   May-12-04 02:15 PM   #5 
  - I'd be great to see Shrub  No2W2004   May-12-04 10:30 PM   #44 
  - Address the Brain washing by the Pub Whores: Rush/OReally, PatR and JerryF  opihimoimoi   May-12-04 02:15 PM   #8 
  - I agree with the crappy-media comments, but.....  AgentLadyBug   May-12-04 02:30 PM   #18 
     - The Whores make mega bucks conning us sheep into Stepford  opihimoimoi   May-12-04 03:09 PM   #28 
  - Have publicly funded elections ...  Tracer   May-12-04 02:21 PM   #14 
  - Groups like Moveon.org  Yupster   May-12-04 10:45 PM   #47 
  - apply a litmus test on "extremist" dimension ... and publicize it  sundancekid   May-12-04 02:25 PM   #15 
  - Protect our right to vote - abolish the Electoral College.  redqueen   May-12-04 02:28 PM   #17 
  - lol - i knew someone would bring this up.....  AgentLadyBug   May-12-04 02:34 PM   #21 
     - To control the outcome, of course  redqueen   May-12-04 02:44 PM   #24 
        - so instead of the EC.....  AgentLadyBug   May-12-04 03:18 PM   #31 
  - Political intelligence tests?  Saltdog   May-12-04 02:32 PM   #20 
  - if such a difference in scores were to happen......  AgentLadyBug   May-12-04 02:35 PM   #22 
  - Hell, third-graders have to pass a damn test to make it to fourth grade  Enraged_Ape   May-12-04 10:24 PM   #43 
  - two and a half suggestions  jobendorfer   May-12-04 02:41 PM   #23 
  - lol - lotsa peeps can do that.....  AgentLadyBug   May-12-04 03:01 PM   #27 
  - yeah that would be too easy  jobendorfer   May-12-04 03:16 PM   #29 
     - and take unscripted questions?  AgentLadyBug   May-12-04 03:19 PM   #32 
  - Quadratic Equations??  outinforce   May-13-04 11:28 AM   #54 
  - mass sterilization and reeducation camps?  leftofthedial   May-12-04 02:54 PM   #26 
  - no actors, no wrestlers, and nobody named Bush  maggrwaggr   May-12-04 03:17 PM   #30 
  - How about honoring the Constitution and by that I also mean  Cleita   May-12-04 03:21 PM   #33 
  - Put everyone from Cheney to Negroponte on trial for  Cat Atomic   May-12-04 03:22 PM   #34 
  - ## Support Democratic Underground! ##  DU GrovelBot   May-12-04 03:37 PM   #38 
  - I know this might sound like "pie-in-the-sky"...  KansDem   May-12-04 03:38 PM   #39 
  - Primary system is broken  Yupster   May-12-04 10:34 PM   #45 
  - Break up the corporate media  DaveSZ   May-12-04 11:23 PM   #48 
  - I agree. I think the polls should be open for twenty four hours, the  Cleita   May-13-04 11:20 AM   #52 
  - Go To WalMart and McDonalds  outinforce   May-13-04 11:18 AM   #51 
  - education n/t  gpandas   May-13-04 11:23 AM   #53 
 

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