And once they are in power, we can expect The People to rapidly bone up on the intricacies of maritime regulation in the Gulf of Mexico, federal-state partnerships to fund libraries, trade policy with Argentina, and the like.
The Tytler quote is fake.
Certainly, gentlemen, it ought to be the happiness and glory of a representative to live in the strictest union, the closest correspondence, and the most unreserved communication with his constituents. Their wishes ought to have great weight with him; their opinion, high respect; their business, unremitted attention. It is his duty to sacrifice his repose, his pleasures, his satisfactions, to theirs; and above all, ever, and in all cases, to prefer their interest to his own. But his unbiassed opinion, his mature judgment, his enlightened conscience, he ought not to sacrifice to you, to any man, or to any set of men living. These he does not derive from your pleasure; no, nor from the law and the constitution. They are a trust from Providence, for the abuse of which he is deeply answerable. Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
Yes, actually they do. Professional politicians have portfolios, which they learn about, and they form relationships with people and institutions that concern them.
Anybody can create a delegate (or Proxy) in Agora, all that is necessary is for the delegate to be appropriately registered in the system. Examples of delegates could be “Richard Stallman”, “Green Peace”, “The Republican Party”, “Amnesty International”.
California's deficit is the largest of any of the 50 U.S. states in absolute dollar terms, but Texas' projected 2012 budget shortfall is equal to 31.5 percent of its 2011 budget, versus 29.3 percent for California, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Experts say Texas' budget has been under pressure for years. The state used about $6.4 billion in federal funds from the 2009 Recovery Act to fill a shortfall in its 2010-2011 budget cycle, but those funds will not be available in the 2012-2013 period.
Hey everybody, do you want $NEW_GOVERNMENT_SERVICE?
- Yes! Yes we do!
Hey everybody, do you want to pay $NEW_TAX?
- No way! Why would we want to pay that?
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