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Reiterating what others have said more eloquently, why even have legislative bodies? Why elect representatives whose sole vocation will be to process for constituents, on their behalf, the currents, issues and needs of the day and address them ?

Adding only that direct referenda, as for instance the California experience in America ably demonstrate, are even more easily gamed by the wealthy than first past the post two party systems. Lefties who think direct referenda are the way to go are sadly mistaken, the street being far better. Noting further that while party cadres are powerless without activists and citizen-supporters, it is also true that the base is nothing without able party cadres.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Sat Jun 28th, 2008 at 10:32:44 AM EST
representatives whose sole vocation will be to process for constituents, on their behalf, the currents, issues and needs of the day and address them

Now, now, let's be realistic here... :-P

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 28th, 2008 at 10:43:18 AM EST
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Heh.

Of course, I refer to what they should be doing, not what many of them in fact do.

And the solution to that?

That's right, the ballot.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Sat Jun 28th, 2008 at 12:04:40 PM EST
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