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Donald Ian Rankin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 08:03 PM
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13. Most of those are sensible; 4 and 7 are blinders; 2 and 10c are daft.

1: Yes, of course.

2: No. Speaking as a non-American, I can assure you that there is nothing immoral about employing non-Americans, any more than there's anything immoral about employing Americans (do you think that companies that employ Americans but make profits in other countries should be penalised?). In a clash of interests between poor Americans and rich Americans, one should usually side with the former; in a clash of interests between poor Americans and poor people in other countries there's no such "presumption of rightness" on one side.

3: I don't know enough about this to comment, but it sounds like a good idea on the face of it.

4: Yes, this is one of the two I agree with most strongly - I've heard an awful lot of people who appear to be right about other things blame the recent economic meltdown on the repeal of Glass-Steagal.

5: Yes, of course. But I don't expect there to be many - the crash was caused by regulations being removed, not by regulations being broken; it was the fault of government and the electorate, not individual bankers.

6: Yes, of course.

7: Yes, of course. America spends far more on healthcare than Europe, for worse results. Take a look at the NHS, and learn.

8: Yes, of course, in theory, although I suspect easier said than done.

9: No, this looks to me like a bad idea. Employees interests are represented by unions; boards are there to represent the interests of shareholders. I think this would be a lot like requiring every union to have 50% of its members appointed by the shareholders.

10a1&2: Certainly something like this would be a good idea; this may go too far.

10a3: Seems sensible.

10a4: I think this is shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, and goes too far, albeit in a sensible direction. Every election needs to leave a paper trail so it can be checked, but there's no reason not to count votes by computer. Press a button on the screen, get a receipt, check it says what it should, drop it in a box, and only bother counting what's in the box if there's a controversy.

10b: No, I like being able to sue corporations, than you very much. And the idea that "the interests of corporations" are not a vital part of "the interests of society" is just silly.

10c: God no. An amendment saying you have a right to employment is like an amendment saying you have a right not to get cancer. Keep constitutional amendments for nitty-gritty literal stuff, and save high-minded waffle for speeches.
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