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The Political Fix

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Political insider Douglas E. Schoen, one of America’s foremost political pollsters, dissects the failures of modern politics and shows how the electoral system can be fixed. In The Political Fix: Changing the Game of American Democracy, from the Grass Roots to the White House he unveils presents citizen-centered solutions—from unmoderated debates to a rotating primary schedule to changing the rules for political donors—to get politicians to serve citizens instead of special interests.

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Comments [11]

Gene


I like Jack Jackson's ideas!

I also note the Gillibrand forces are busy spamming all sorts of off-topic forums these days.

Her campaign, growing out of the canniest old-time pols and big-business PR experts (like Philip Morris) in the state, well understands the online world, and is nothing if not slick . . .

Jan. 20 2010 11:33 PM
mc from Brooklyn

Ford, go home.

Jan. 20 2010 12:34 PM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Massachusetts can't be an effective national referendum in miniature. Massachusetts already has a mandatory insurance plan which neither the providers or the citizens appear to like all that much.

An effective national health care plan will have to cover more citizens - even MA's plan only covers 96% - while bringing down costs from one buck in 6 to one in 10 like every other developed country.

If I were king I would make med schools free for those who get in -- but the next 5-15 years of your career are spent in public health institutions, that is expand the VA a bunch. Then increase SCHIP eligibility and decrease MediCare eligibilty by 2 years every year. They'd meet in the middle in about 24 years.

Jan. 20 2010 12:33 PM
Betty Anne from UES

What does he think about the Supreme Court and it's upcoming ruling on election financing? If businesses become people it doesn't matter if we get rid of the electoral college. They own the media.

Jan. 20 2010 12:28 PM
hjs from 11211

Derek
great point! isn't the people's voice hushed by this?

Jan. 20 2010 12:22 PM
Donald Wade from Jackson Heights, Queens

Only one commentator after the election in Mass commented on the gender issue and I have not since heard any mention it. I think a major factor was simply that she is a woman although people seem reluctant to admit it.

Jan. 20 2010 12:20 PM
tom from qns

As a nation must we always blame the government when things aren't going well? How about the lack of blame on corporations, which have shipped out HUNDREDS of MILLIONS of jobs?

Jan. 20 2010 12:19 PM
Betty Anne from UES

Why are you both talking about Healthcare like the debate is over? This is the problem with the media, the people still want single-payer but the media has decided to go along with politicians.

This still could be turned into a medicare extension through reconciliation.

Jan. 20 2010 12:13 PM
antonio from the republic of park slope..

How about instant runoff voting? Ranking your choices one, two, three etc. this ensures third party participation and letting people not feel bad voting for Nader and Gore as in 2000.

Jan. 20 2010 12:09 PM
Steve

Why do you people play the music so loud at the beginning of each show? I can barely hear Leonard speaking...

Just because those knobs 'go to eleven' doesn't mean they should...

Jan. 20 2010 12:05 PM
Derek from 42nd St.

Why has the US Congress not expanded its membership since the 1910 census and why did the Congress freeze the membership at 435 in the Reapportionment Act of 1929. The congressional distinct sizes have tripled in population (212,000 to 650,000) while the Congressional House membership has been stagnant at 435. If this is truly a representative government we need to increase the House Membership. This also affects the Electoral College.

Please visit http://www.thirty-thousand.org/ and http://www.publiclaw62-5.org for more information.

Jan. 20 2010 12:02 PM

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