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Ah well in our demented UK heads, we see you as being stuck in your 4 year cycles, having no democratic way to have a new election, if you need one now.

And what about that win an election in November, presidents don't change till January. The people have spoken, and you've been kicked to the kerb. How democratic is that that you get to hang on for three more months? ;)

Swings and roundabouts. ;)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:34:21 PM EST
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And what about that win an election in November, presidents don't change till January

True, but our country and bureaucracy are five times the size of yours, and it takes a while to find enough qualified tax-cheats to fill the vacancies. ;)

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:46:19 PM EST
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That too.

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by poemless on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 06:07:46 PM EST
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several hours later, im still shocked that the bastion of capitalism has a shortage of tax cheats ;)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 08:37:06 AM EST
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Bastion of capitalism?  Wasn't one of the big European papers going on about us becoming commies the other day?

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jun 7th, 2009 at 09:58:59 AM EST
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Oh I don't know - something to do with time to put together a cabinet, agenda, arrange for the move, enroll your kids in their new school, celebrate the holidays.

Russia has a lag time too.  Must be a fascist thing...

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by poemless on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 06:07:23 PM EST
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well you know you'd have thought that an agenda would have been arranged ahead of time.....

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 06:25:23 PM EST
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No, I don't think so.  Unless you mean agenda like, "I am pro-healtchare."  Yes, those things are laid out ahead of an election.  By agenda, I mean, figuring out everything that needs to be done, making a strategy for implementing it, and creating a timetable.  And a more or less daily schedule for your first 100 days.  It's a very good time to put together your team, and then together with your team, make all the decisions you can before your are thrust into the job and have reality and the media distracting you every waking moment of your day.  

Preparation is a huge part of any task.  

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 06:35:51 PM EST
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So how does just about every other democracy manage?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 06:39:29 PM EST
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I was unaware until now it was rare.  The only two countries I really pay close attention to both do it.  

Is every other democracy managing?  Screw that, there are no democracies.  Is Britain managing?  Not according to this diary.  Are presidents of all other countries faced with the same tasks that the president of America is?  I don't think so.  We're a big country, and we have big plans.  :)

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 06:45:18 PM EST
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Plus you have Monarchs for continuity.  We have to transition.  It's like, you are in a marriage for life, but replace your lovers.  We go through a divorce and re-marriage every 4-8 years.  We want to make it as painless as possible.

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 06:47:38 PM EST
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Plus you have Monarchs for continuity.

True, but we do have David Broder, and between our two countries, I think the Brits clearly got the better deal.  And at least she comes with the entertaining husband.

We go through a divorce and re-marriage every 4-8 years.  We want to make it as painless as possible.

Yes.  We hated the last ex so much that, seven years after 9/11, we said, "Hey, you know what would be good?  A black guy with a Muslim name."

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 11:33:50 PM EST
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Party officials start working on all that stuff in advance. Runs the risk of actual plans being discussed in the elections though.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 06:49:10 PM EST
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If you were a "Real DemocracyTM" you'd have thought that would be a necessity.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 06:53:28 PM EST
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I don't think the party sets the agenda for the President in the US.  I think it is the other way around.  So it would be not only risky, but impractical.

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 06:54:02 PM EST
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The people has spoken and the electors been elected. They still need to ride to Washington and there elect a president. Takes time, you know.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 06:45:21 PM EST
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