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An Expensive Referendum
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saxifrage00
It’s been repeated over and over that a Presidential election where the incumbent is running for office is really a referendum on the success of that President. The American people will re-elect their President if they’re satisfied with the way he has lead their country so far.

I’m writing to mock America. You just had a referendum that cost 3.9billion dollars and took two years to complete. Are you fucking incompetent?

No where else in the world is an election, let alone a referendum, that incredibly expensive to run, nor take that long to execute. Many countries, mine included, find two months to be far more than enough time to campaign, and expenditures are usually in the hundred millions, not in the billions. That’s to say that an American election takes more resources in time and money by a factor of ten over what’s necessary to make a simple choice of who will form the government. Actually, scratch that—it’s a factor of ten more than what’s already considered excessive in most other countries.

You people have the most inefficient democracy of any developed country. Not only that, but for all that effort, wasted time, and unnecessary expense, all you can manage to do is offer a choice between two people out of your 225 million? Evidently, you value choice in flavours of ice-cream more than you do who will lead your country.

Tell me, are you really satisfied with the way this works?

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*sob*

As a US voter, I did my best...half the country tried to stop the madness...

I actually met the guy who created the last two spending measures for the War in Iraq. He was a client of mine...when I was still writing resumes. He was retiring from the military.

And no, the two party system doesn't work. And the false multiparty system we have in place now only gives false hope. And to be honest, the whole Electoral College idea hasn't worked for decades.

And yes, I do find it ironic that we can have multiple variations on a simple cup of coffee, but can't get past a broken, 200 year old system of election, built to allow slave holders to have their slaves 'counted' to 'compensate' for the inequalities that existed north and south of the Mason Dixon line.

*shakes head*

I still have election issues apparently...

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