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Hello, Washington? It's the 21st Century calling. You're less important than you thought.
There is no reason why all 535 members of Congress need to live and work in Washington, DC, disconnected from their constituency. There is also no reason why Representatives should spend upwards of a quarter of each term campaigning and commuting -- or worse yet, ignoring votes entirely. It's time Congress came home to us, the People.
My proposal is simple, and it needs just three words. Let Congress telecommute.
The benefits of this would be enormous, and the costs minimal -- except to the lobbyists, who currently find it quite convenient that they can bend everyone's ear since they're all in one place at one time. Each Congressman should have to live and have an office in the District he or she represents. This office could be owned by the Federal government, as that would certainly simplify matters whenever the seat changes hands, but it is not strictly necessary for this idea to work. All that is necessary is a data link back to Washington. The original concept of Congress centered around 18th century communications -- that is, Pony Express at best. In theory, we could have sent Congress home when the telegraph came into vogue, but that's understandably a bit impersonal. The earliest this idea would have been practical is when the telephone system allowed for 435 people to be on the same line at once -- which had happened by the 1960s at the latest. Still a bit impersonal, even if they could watch proceedings on TV and phone in their comments and votes.
But what's the excuse now? If there is anyone representing a district that has no reasonable data access, then they can be exempted to live in a nearby district that has such provisions. They'll still be a lot more accessible to their constituency than they are now. It will also mean a lot more to people when their Representative lives a couple miles away (as will generally be the case in urban districts) rather than a couple thousand miles away. The fact that they aren't going to talk to their Representative on any given day is irrelevant, what's important is that they feel like they CAN.
Senators should probably operate from the state capitol, unless they REALLY don't like each other. (It happens!) Or, they should live wherever they choose, within the state they represent, and furnish an office and data connection at their own expense if they prefer.
Mal-2 writes | more than 5 years ago
It is now official. Nietzschecraft confirms: God is dead
One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered religious community when IDC confirmed that God's market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all worshippers. Coming on the heels of a recent Nietzschecraft survey which plainly states that God has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. God is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last in the recent Altar Boy comprehensive plooking test.
You don't need to be the Amazing Randi to predict God's future. The hand writing is on the wall: God faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for God because God is dead. Things are looking very bad for God. As many of us are already aware, God continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.
JHVH-God is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core followers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time JHVH-God followers L. Ron Hubbard and Joseph Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: JHVH-God is dead.
Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.
AllahGod leader Muhammad states that there are 7000 worshippers of AllahGod. How many followers of JHVH-God are there? Let's see. The number of AllahGod versus JHVH-God posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 JHVH-God worshippers. Jah posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of JHVH-God posts. Therefore there are about 700 worshippers of Jah. A recent article put JHVH-God at about 80 percent of the God market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 JHVH-God worshippers. This is consistent with the number of JHVH-God Usenet posts.
Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, JHVH-God went out of business and was taken over by Baha'iullah who sell another troubled religion. Now Baha'iullah is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.
All major surveys show that God has steadily declined in market share. God is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If God is to survive at all it will be among religious dilettante dabblers. God continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, God is dead.
This is/. I'm not ashamed of it, and I'm not proud of it. The whole thing is not an issue to me, it's irrelevant, and I see no reason why my reading/. should be dragged into the discussion at all! The fact that we've been massacred personally for thousands of years is neither here nor there, so can we at least agree on one thing -- namely, not to waste our time discussing whether to post to/. or not.