Do Our Representatives Represent Us?

It would seem that the vast amount of recent legislation has not been representative of the people’s interests.  Since the point of having a representative is to have them support their constituents interests it is becoming clear that our representative form of democracy is not working.
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Outrage in ANWR

[promoted to the Front Page by BooMan]

I am disgusted and outraged at the lack of ability that Harry Reid has to keep our flimsy little caucus together on key votes.  This was BIG.  And we could have won.  Very discouraging.

The Cantwell-Kerry amendment to the budget resolution failed, 49-51.  Guess what?  Three Dems (DINOs) voted against.  Landrieu I can sort of understand (Louisana is oil).  Akaka and Inouye I have no idea.  What– Alaska and Hawaii have to stick together since they’re not part of the contiguous 48?  As the most recent states, they have a pact of solidarity?  This makes no sense.  This was a huge opportunity, especially as 6 Repubs (Chafee, Snowe, McCain, Smith, Collins, and Coleman) voted for the amendment (against drilling).  If we acted like a party for ONCE, at least on a BIG vote like this, we can get stuff done, even with only 44.  

I am very discouraged by this.  Also by my jackass Senator Specter, who could/should have voted for the amendment.  He keeps giving us little bits of false hope that he has a pair, but then pulls shit like this to keep pissing me off.  

AAARRGGGHHH.  I am bummed.

Here are phone numbers for Akaka: 202 224 6361 and Inouye 202 224 3934.  They suck.

The Speed of Utopia

Does “the speed of light exist”?  You can’t reach the speed of light, no matter how fast you go.  You can get close to the speed of light, very close, as close as you care to get if you don’t run out of energy, but to actually achieve the speed of light you’d need an infinite amount of energy.

But the speed of light does exist, it’s a limit and asymptote.  Although it cannot be achieved, it exists, and is in fact a fundamental value in nature.

So too with utopia.

Should the Democrats simply reject any changes in Social Security?

My view starts with a fact that few liberals or conservatives know.   Under current law, each succeeding generation is promised larger benefits than the one that went before.  The reason is simple.  Under Social Security’s current benefit formulas, your pension is calculated as a percentage of your lifetime earnings.  Since over time wages tend to grow faster than inflation, the effect is that each generation winds up with pensions that have more and more purchasing power.