- Feb 18, 2001
Lots of people but those people would never get enough campaign contributions to even start a run for office, lol.Who has the guts to close the loopholes?
Look, I'm not addressing you specifically EagleKeeper but I kind of tire how little progress we make in talking about things on P&N. We all know that the reason why things are how they are. It's because of money in politics. Or, as it is known by historians, CORRUPTION. It's that simple. Rich people pay democratically elected politicians to write laws favorable to them. The politicians are themselves usually rich so they write tax laws so that they won't have to pay much in taxes. It's very easy to understand corruption. It's only a little harder to understand tribal mentality that creates partisan politics.
I'm not on the P&N board as much as I used to be because my political education is essentially complete now. Little has changed though in the real world. And nothing will either until a horrible enough crisis hits that enough people get mad enough to actually give a damn about what's going on around in the larger world. Normal people, not like people on P&N, have tunnel vision in their lives. They don't care about politics and instead are overly focused on the minutiae of their own lives. I guess this used to be a functional evolutionary adaptation since organisms need to be focused on their own survival and should not waste attention of events far away that they can't control.
Except in the modern world, events far away can have a big impact on your life. And events far away can even be partially controlled through the democratic electoral process. But humans are anachronistic and not suited for the modern world. Thus, they will suffer for their shortcomings. Shortcomings are natural though. That's just how it is.