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Buying votes

2004-01-10 01:01:57.407597+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Okay, I'm way disturbed. Unlike most of my fellow geeks I'm not a big fan of pouring more money into the gaping maw that is publicly funded manned space flight. So maybe it's just me, but when I read that Bush is running trial balloons about funding a manned Mars mission, I think "wow, could his machine be any more crass?". First there's the $400 billion payout to the AARP constituency, next the "please please please give me the Latino vote" ploy (which will hopefully backfire, unless he can find a way to get the illegal immigrants as registered voters... anyone else expect that the Republicans will suddenly resurrect the "motor voter" initiative they worked so hard to scratch?). It's almost like he expects that Diebold might not be up to the task this November.

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#Comment Re: Buying votes made: 2004-01-10 01:45:33.676853+00 by: John Anderson [edit history]

It's almost like he expects that Diebold might not be up to the task this November.

That's how I'm interpreting it, actually. First good news on that front in a while.

#Comment Re: Buying votes made: 2004-01-10 13:56:25.773392+00 by: petronius

Strikes me that a plan that pisses off both the anti-immigrant forces and the professional mestizo lobby must have something going for it.

#Comment Re: Buying votes made: 2004-01-13 15:47:04.711807+00 by: sethg

Seniors are distinctly underwhelmed by the Medicare expansion. In a December poll, 56% were "very concerned" that it didn't go far enough, and 58% were "very concerned" that it gave away too much to the drug industry. Based on this record, I don't think the immigration proposal is going to impress Hispanics very much.

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