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MrBiggs
07:24 AM on 02/09/2012
Politicians were strangers once. . .The grass isn't always greener on the other side people. . .
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Marcin A Mazurek
You live and learn. At any rate, you live. - D.A
07:35 AM on 02/09/2012
in this case, with the approval rating they have and the lack of knowledge, application and even will to have their office assistants google information on bills they pass, At least the other side HAS grass.
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07:23 AM on 02/09/2012
Well of COURSE random people selected from a phone book by a polling company would support random people from a phone book in Congress. This article is a propaganda piece of the vast right wing conspiracy of liberal media.
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LONDON3
Music keeps me sane in a crazed society :-)
07:18 AM on 02/09/2012
Oh PLEASE Random strangers for $200 .......
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Candide33
I heart Bernie Sanders
07:12 AM on 02/09/2012
Maybe not the actual whole congress, but it would be a good idea to have some actual peers as at least part of congress.
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Hellova Stoner
I throw stones
07:12 AM on 02/09/2012
I would have more confidence if congress was being run by monkeys rather than these idiots.
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Marcin A Mazurek
You live and learn. At any rate, you live. - D.A
07:36 AM on 02/09/2012
We need a horse as the house speaker!
oh wait?
We already have one?
Oh hes a human being?
Coulda fooled me.
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Hellova Stoner
I throw stones
07:40 AM on 02/09/2012
lol, awesome.
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Candide33
I heart Bernie Sanders
07:09 AM on 02/09/2012
Last week's poll has congress at 5% approval rate... the lowest in history!!

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/congressional_performance/

This is what the TEA PARTY has given us....
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Donns
07:31 AM on 02/09/2012
5%???? How did they get that far up from zero?
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Candide33
I heart Bernie Sanders
09:18 AM on 02/09/2012
Teeheehee
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belladio
Not in the mood to suffer fools
08:06 AM on 02/09/2012
I'm surprised it got 5% approval, guessing most of them misunderstood the question.
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InnaGaddaDaVida
follow the beat of your own drum
08:48 AM on 02/09/2012
Maybe they used electronic voting machines, I hear a +/- 5% error rate ain't no big deal.
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Candide33
I heart Bernie Sanders
09:25 AM on 02/09/2012
Maybe that was the few people who live in places that have good people in congress...
lastpost
see biography
06:44 AM on 02/09/2012
"okay if all of the lawmakers were replaced by people selected at random out of a phone book."
If having a people’s majority pick policy, from a possible practical selection, is too preposterous a proposition. Why not use a tossed coin to determine major matters? It would have a guaranteed 50% success rate. Plus, although itself money, would not itself be influenced by money.
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Captain Hindsight
Seeking the truth is my only agenda.
07:52 AM on 02/09/2012
You need a majority. If you used 535 coins, one for each seat in congress, it might work.
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InnaGaddaDaVida
follow the beat of your own drum
08:49 AM on 02/09/2012
but what if one coin wants to filibuster?
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Neets101
All hits, all the time!
06:37 AM on 02/09/2012
I would love to see lobbyists running wild goose chases.... can we switch the congress out every two weeks as well, just to make the lobbyists go completely bonkers?

Perhaps then we would see the "wealth" spread out a bit....

LOL @ the visual....
DrillInUROwnBackYard
I DRINK , Therefore I Am
06:33 AM on 02/09/2012
I'm 100% certain that a_m0nkey_would make better decisions than each and every conservative politician.................So the idea of an assortment of strangers isn't that far-fetched......
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SmotPoker
Now with 100% less beard.
06:22 AM on 02/09/2012
I've long said that we would be better served if our leaders were drawn by lottery every 4 years rather than the corrupt money grab that occurs each election cycle. It would also eliminate a lot of the corruption and bribery taking place daily with career politicians.
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jroman62
06:33 AM on 02/09/2012
It may eliminate some problems but create a helluva lot more.
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InnaGaddaDaVida
follow the beat of your own drum
08:51 AM on 02/09/2012
How about we contract it out to a foreign government with the understanding, if things go well, their country will benefit also, if they go bad, theircountry won't benefit either. Oh, and just remember, if you start a war, the attacked country gets the job next.
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The Mad Guesser
People are alike all over.
06:21 AM on 02/09/2012
I agree with random selection of Senators and Presidents from the phone book whenever any government presides over an economic depression, which is why we should use the German phone book from 1930. Also, these hospitals with high patient mortality rates should vote out all the neurosurgeons and staff the operating room with people from the Alabama phone book. No wait! How about monkeys from random local zoos?
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jroman62
06:34 AM on 02/09/2012
Yeah, good point. Some people are just bozo's. Frustrated yes, smart no.
06:16 AM on 02/09/2012
Random strangers sounds risky. I would opt for coin tosses to make any decisions.
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oldwolf49
Religion is a tool of the evil.
06:12 AM on 02/09/2012
Been saying this for YEARS. Grab 100 people off the street, let them "serve" for 2 years and find some more.
06:11 AM on 02/09/2012
The fact is that except for the politicians whom we personally know, they all are unknowns.

Even at that no one really knows what hidden biases or secrets or "deals" drive their actions and votes.

The random selection of jurors [albeit with a later voir dire to winnow out those with an obvious bias] serves us at least as well, so why not try a phone book system and limit their terms to one.
butlerdi
My micro-bio is empty
05:55 AM on 02/09/2012
I always thought that a draft of sorts would be the best. Expertise in the civil service and the political stuff to the lottery winners. Current salary + expenses (approved) for 1 or two years.
06:08 AM on 02/09/2012
The Greeks drew lots.
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jroman62
06:35 AM on 02/09/2012
That worked out well for them huh? Don't think so.