Re: question about hand-held statisticaldevices in the field

From: Edward Cherlin <echerlin_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Mon Dec 24 2007 - 16:16:43 CST

On Dec 21, 2007 11:33 AM, Douglas W. Jones <jones@cs.uiowa.edu> wrote:
>
>
> On Dec 21, 2007, at 11:54 AM, Alan Dechert wrote:
>
> > Doug,
> >
> >> The caucus is, at heart, party business. It is an internal
> >> mechanism of the party to organize itself. ...
[snip]
> The biggest push in national politics that I can see right now, for
> a reform to the rather nasty presidential candidate selection system
> we now have, is a push for a national primary system -- either a
> single unified primary nationwide or a system of regional primaries.
>
> I think this is an awful idea. A single unified national primary
> would eliminate all candidates, up front, who can't dredge up enough
> money for a national campaign from the very start. Small-time
> players like Huckabee and Kucinich would be off the radar from the
> start.
[Reform plan snipped]

I'm in favor of full public funding of elections (Clean Money), which
could be designed to prevent this problem. An essential feature of the
proposal is that candidates who opt out in order to raise and spend
more money will see the government give matching money to their
opponents up to some multiple of the normal funding.

-- 
Edward Cherlin
Earth Treasury: End Poverty at a Profit
http://www.EarthTreasury.org/
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."--Alan Kay
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