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Americans are upset - on average, they think that their federal government spends 28 percent of the budget on foreign aid.This percentage is simply unacceptable given that 1 in 5 American kids live in poverty.Almost 50 percent of Americans thus oppose the levels of foreign aid which their government throws about.And they rightly exert pressure on Congress and the Executive to get this spending under control.
We’ve been using the term ‘the gravy train’ for a century to describe jobs with good pay with little work. Nowadays we use it especially for the rich and wealthy who we often accuse of earning far too much, for being far too lazy.
One of the challenges of Western democracies is in expressing the will of the people. It shouldn’t be because after all that is what democracy is meant to be about, but it is – in no small measure because what we have isn’t the direct democracy that was practiced by male Athenians back in the day, but an indirect democracy.
Despite the multiple scandals which surround Donald Trump, including abusive comments about women, allegations of sexual harassment, allegations of fraud, incessant and persistent lying, racism - both general and against multiple ethnic and religious groups, conflicts of interest, nepotism, allegations of blackmail and more …
Donald Trump’s cabinet, excluding him, of 23 people in July 2019 had a net worth of US$3.2 billion.Each cabinet member had an average net worth of more US$139 million and if we included Trump’s own net worth, that number would almost double.
When Greta Thunberg talks of a generation of political leaders of who have taken her future, in reference to the impact of climate change, one point strikes me. She’s not even seventeen. If she was living in the US, and like other seventeen-year olds, she would not be entitled to vote in elections.
Modern democracy is an odd thing. This is how it works in Britain.The political parties nominate their candidates for the 650 constituencies, tending to give the folk who they like those contests which are easier to win (known as ‘safe seats’). As a first step, we as citizens don’t choose who stands for election. Political parties do that.
Back in late 2005, Stephen Harper promised Canadians a bunch of stuff if they elected him and got rid of Paul Martin…