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Raiden Kitsune
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« on: August 30, 2007, 11:27:07 EDT »



I hope it hasn't been posted here fifty times already, but it was too good to not post.
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2007, 12:55:14 EDT »

Nice.

The real real reason, of course, is to make Cheney about 7 million dollars richer.
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2007, 16:21:44 EDT »

Pfft.  'Million'?  Small taters.  They think big in Texas, boy.
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2007, 17:38:10 EDT »

Pfft.  'Million'?  Small taters.  They think big in Texas, boy.

About 7 million that we know about.  He owned $250,000 of Halliburton stock on 9/11/2001.  Today, that stock is worth $8 million.  My source being Lee Iacocca's book, although I've seen the same number elsewhere.
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2007, 18:25:01 EDT »

You know what would be a novel idea? A US Executive branch that didn't consist entirely of millionaires.
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2007, 09:42:56 EDT »

And Senate... and the House.

Well, they don't consist entirely of millionaires (a little over 1/3, actually.) But this demographic is still massively different than that of the general citizenry. (1%)
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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2007, 15:34:41 EDT »

According to a recent poll, the majority of congresscritters placed the average US income at $100,000.
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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2007, 15:55:22 EDT »

According to a recent poll, the majority of congresscritters placed the average US income at $100,000.

Mean or median?  Also, including capital gains, or only salary?
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2007, 01:00:18 EDT »

You know what would be a novel idea? A US Executive branch that didn't consist entirely of millionaires.


Poor people can't be president.  Are they suppose to fund their campaign with food stamps? 
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« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2007, 04:01:15 EDT »

According to a recent poll, the majority of congresscritters placed the average US income at $100,000.


Hah, at the very least they could at least be minorly informed; even if one doesn't give a flying fuck about his fellow humans the very least he could do was be aware of them.
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« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2007, 17:23:13 EDT »

You know what would be a novel idea? A US Executive branch that didn't consist entirely of millionaires.


Poor people can't be president.  Are they suppose to fund their campaign with food stamps? 


In other words, the system is prejudiced. Why shouldn't a poor person be president, just because they don't have millions of dollars? The typical American isn't a millionaire, and shouldn't the president be just a typical American?
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« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2007, 17:39:10 EDT »

In other words, the system is prejudiced. Why shouldn't a poor person be president, just because they don't have millions of dollars? The typical American isn't a millionaire, and shouldn't the president be just a typical American?

No, the president should be an American cut out for the job.  I don't know that this means millionaire, or even necessarily "not poor," but it's not "typical American."
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« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2007, 17:47:06 EDT »

Just for the record, Bill Clinton grew up in a trailer and had a succession of step-fathers, at least one of which was abusive.
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« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2007, 18:04:04 EDT »

In other words, the system is prejudiced. Why shouldn't a poor person be president, just because they don't have millions of dollars? The typical American isn't a millionaire, and shouldn't the president be just a typical American?

No, the president should be an American cut out for the job.  I don't know that this means millionaire, or even necessarily "not poor," but it's not "typical American."

Being a millionaire doesn't make the person the best person for the job. If that's the case, then the president should be chosen from Academia exclusively.
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« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2007, 18:39:58 EDT »

Being a millionaire doesn't make the person the best person for the job.

I believe I stated that explicitly.  My contention is not with your statement that leadership shouldn't be chosen solely from the wealthy, but rather with your statement that they should be a "typical American."

If that's the case, then the president should be chosen from Academia exclusively.

I do not think that is necessarily the case, although it's worth noting that Thomas Jefferson considered such a notion.
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