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A problem, I think, in US politics is the elimination--or at least reduction--of "pork barrel" projects. They are specific congressional spending actions that benefit specific congressional districts, enacted by a "you pat my back and I'll pat yours" system. While they are counted as corruption of the political process, and were the subject of a lot of discussion in the 1970s and 1980s (refer to "Golden Fleece Award"), they also acted as a lubricant that enabled bipartisan action. Back room horse-trading of this sort was a factor in cooperation across the aisles in Congress, and by eliminating them, each party has retracted into its own shell.

I guess this is not really specific to 2018, but it is part of what is going on...

by asdf on Sun Dec 30th, 2018 at 04:30:54 AM EST
Looked at, from the outside, the far greater problem for me is the corporate funding of the political process. For me corporations or rich people (beyond a ceiling of $1,000) shouldn't have any right to fund politics.  Anything from corporations or individuals (above $1,000 p.a.) should be considered bribery, by definition, punishable by prison terms for all executive officers responsible.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Dec 30th, 2018 at 04:11:23 PM EST
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the difficulty in the US is, of course, that elections are massively expensive. The Primary system also means that you can't have central funding of candidates.

The centrality of money in the US system means that candidates who eschew it must fail

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Dec 30th, 2018 at 06:12:28 PM EST
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DHS employee says her child got less for Christmas because of shutdown
"My son made a comment where he said Santa didn't give us as much as he did last year, and that was heartbreaking," the unidentified employee told Buzzfeed ["]News["].

"We try to not be materialistic with our kids, but it kind of hurt that he noticed," she added.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Dec 30th, 2018 at 06:25:14 PM EST
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Yea but it was a Democrat child, so that was ok.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Dec 30th, 2018 at 08:04:40 PM EST
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They are massively expensive primarily because of the cost of TV advertising. Make it mandatory for all TV stations to give all candidates minimal and equal TV time and that problem is solved.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Dec 30th, 2018 at 08:06:12 PM EST
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