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  1. Exactly, but acknowledge them as such. But the US could remove many of them (special interest groups, lobbyists) by reducing government intervention in the form of subsidies, tariffs, regulation etc as that is what empowers politicians - the ability to dole out money to special interest groups.
  2. I disagree with that entirely. Stocks are generally just one facet of a persons wealth - we own homes, office buildings, rental properties, bonds, managed futures accounts etc. Why should someone in Congress be forced to delegate the decision making of his property, his wealth, to another through a blind trust. There have been many problems with blind trusts primarily because people can't stand not having power over their own wealth. When Secretary of the Treasury Paulson sold $500 million of Goldman Sachs stock because it was a conflict of interest I was disgusted. How is the conflict of inte
  3. Quoted from my school newsletter: I was wondering if anyone would like to comment on these values and if they think they should be entrenched as a part of a curriculum.
  4. Well I live in Tauranga, New Zealand and I think what is notable about New Zealand is that despite an entrenched, yet completely unwarranted welfare state mentality most Kiwis actually accept that the free market is good when it is explained to them how government intervention stuffs them up.
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