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James Hanley

James Hanley is a two-bit college professor who'd rather be canoeing.

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  1. Someone should share this info with Michael Bloomberg…Report

  2. Mike Schilling says:

    The classic definition of chutzpah is murdering your parents and then asking for sympathy because you’re an orphan. Claiming you’re qualified to be a senator because of your private sector experience while financing your campaign with golden parachute money is a close second.Report

  3. Trumwill says:

    James, when an Off The Cuff post is more than a couple/few sentences, could you put the rest behind “Read More”? It doesn’t take a very long post at all to take up a lot of OTC-space.Report

  4. D. C. Sessions says:

    There’s no surer way to permanently implant a true aristocracy than to elect only those wealthy enough to fund their own campaigns.

    We’re not all that much better off if the only ones who can afford to hold office are those who have some independent source of support. Wealth is only one, obviously. If you want to see this in action have a look at Arizona: we pay our legislators just a bit above an annualized minimum wage ($24k/yr.) One arguably positive result is that we have a high proportion of women (supported by their husbands) but it’s rather strange seeing a fanatically “small government” legislature with a high proportion drawing Social Security. For some reason they’re not terribly interested in funding education, by the way.Report

  5. James Hanley says:

    Trumwill–Will do. I hadn’t realized how much space this post would take up.Report

  6. DensityDuck says:

    “There’s no surer way to permanently implant a true aristocracy than to elect only those wealthy enough to fund their own campaigns.”

    You mean like people who get to use tax money to fund their campaigns?

    It’s not like those poor poor Democrats had to scrimp and save and beg in the street. Brown and Boxer matched Whitman and Fiorina ad-for-ad, at least as far as I saw from watching TV.Report

    • James Hanley in reply to DensityDuck says:

      I’m not a fan of public funding because it favors incumbents.

      My post was not an attack on Republicans, but on self-funded candidates and an oligarchy. Please don’t assume I see self-funded Dems any differently than self-funded Republicans.Report