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  • Ralph Yozzo
    Jun 24, 2008
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      since there is no practical way to get the attention of any congresspeople, short of arriving with large checks in hand.
      Doesn't this show that, if this is true, that any system that gives the power/voice/vote of many to a few or to one is not a good system.  The one will be the target of corruption.  Imagine the opposite.  A system where all 6 billion people were involved.  I'd like to see the lobbyists bribe 6 billion.  For once, bribery would be a good thing.

      On Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 12:20 AM, Harvey Frey <hsfrey@...> wrote:

          So what you're saying is that the technical issues raised by tay199 are irrelevant, since there is no practical way to get the attention of any congresspeople, short of arriving with large checks in hand.
          I don't know that that's necessarily so, since I've been asked, out of the blue, (just on the basis of my website) to help a congressman and later a senator draft legislation on the ERISA issue.
          Of course, neither of them paid any attention to what I wrote. <G>
      But I think that's because they were both republicans and not sympathetic to my more patient-oriented initiatives.  
          So, I wouldn't be completely pessimistic, given that we may have a new congress more interested in new approaches.
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      hsfrey wrote:
      > Why must this wait for something "revolutionary"?
      > There are plenty of kludges out there that will let us get started, if
      > we really want to do it.
      > Why not a wiki, or a forum, or a listserve, or even the "track
      > changes" option on WinWord.

      Well, go for it, by all means. :)

      But to add a sense of reality- Members of Congress have little interest
      in what ordinary people say, beyond what can be reduced to a single
      word. That's not entirely because they don't care, but largely because
      they can't open their ears to everyone. And it takes a lot of voices to
      be heard, considerably more than one can muster without a lot of
      experience in doing that. And there needs to be considerably more people
      involved than can coherently work together using a wiki, forum, or mail
      list. We're talking thousands if not tens of thousands for national issues.

      And that's just the technical challenge. The social challenges are much
      more difficult.

      A prototype using any technology might be informative, but I think only
      a creative technological approach could really work.

      > Mixedink seems to be WishWare.

      I know they had a coherent plan at one point.

      - Josh Tauberer
      - GovTrack.us


      "Yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation! Yields
      falsehood when preceded by its quotation!" Achilles to
      Tortoise (in "Godel, Escher, Bach" by Douglas Hofstadter)

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