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2012-11-01 02:03:01 PM  
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DarnoKonrad: Biggest problem with libertarians, their idea of "living free" is too often the objectification of other people for private gain.  A society where people are preoccupied with sex, drugs, and banality is easy to control by monied interests.


The biggest problem with libertarians is that they're authoritarian rightists. Their idea of "small government" is one that is exclusively empowered to wage state violence and act as an enforcement arm for the capitalist class.
2012-11-01 01:52:35 PM  
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antidisestablishmentarianism: If a party hit's a certain percentage of the popular vote, that party is automatically included in the next election cycle and cannot be shut out of the national debates.


Wrong. It's actually a lot more cynical than that.

This has nothing to do with being in the debate. Ross Perot scored 18.9% of the vote in 1992 and 8% of the vote in 1996. But in case you didn't notice, the Reform party wasn't allowed to debate in 1996 or 2000.

This is about money. If the libertarian party scores 5% of the vote, then they get $90 million in federal funds at tax payer expense. In other words, this entire "score 5% of the vote!" campaign is based around the idea of getting a federal handout and a redistribution of wealth for people who are unable to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. From a group that usually protests this very concept on principle.

Remember, Gary Johnson raised over $2 million in campaign cash, and only spend $1000 on media buys until a week ago. The rest of the money was given to his friends he hired as "political consultants." If Gary Johnson raises $90 million, he and his friends can be expected to pocket about $80 million worth as campaign salaries.
2012-11-01 01:39:35 PM  
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More info on why 5% is such a magical number


PARTY CONVENTION AND GENERAL ELECTION GRANTS

The Presidential nominee of each major party may become eligible for a public grant of $20,000,000 plus COLA (over 1974). For 2012, the grant is approximately $91,241,400 for each major party nominee. With the exception of the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, every major party nominee has accepted the general election grant since the program's inception in 1976. Candidates themselves may not raise any other funds to be used for campaigning during the general election period.

Public grants of $18,248,300 went to each of the major parties for their conventions in 2012.

Since no third party candidate received 5% of the vote in 2008, only the Republican and Democratic parties are eligible for 2012 convention grants, and only their nominees may receive grants for the general election when they are nominated. Third-party candidates could qualify for retroactive public funds if they receive 5% or more of the vote in the general election.
2012-11-01 01:25:41 PM  
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Third-party Other Republican candidate Gary Johnson posts the sexiest presidential poster of all time

Let's be completely honest here.
2012-11-01 01:14:28 PM  
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timujin: She does, indeed, make that the sexiest presidential poster of all time.

But what's with the 5% number? Why would that "destroy the two party system"?


If a party hit's a certain percentage of the popular vote, that party is automatically included in the next election cycle and cannot be shut out of the national debates. That didn't happen until Ross Perot 'cost' Bush 1 and Bob Dole the presidency.
2012-11-01 12:23:18 PM  
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cman: When I first saw the headline, I was like "OH GOD NO I DONT WANT TO SEE YOUR WEENER JOHNSON"


/she's gorgeous
 
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