following up from yesterday, why is politics upside down? well. it could be that their victory criteria is inverted. ie it's not about getting the most laws passed. or the most money spent. it's about keeping *them* from passing any laws or spending any money. sort of a play to annoy strategy. but these are adults. not snerts in a video game. how about this. if you piss off my people, they vote for me. in droves. for self preservation. i get you to piss off my people by pissing off your people. and i drag you into a mutual reciprocative relationship. the problem is everyone's pissed off. except the politicians. they're reaping the votes, and the associated perks, like crazy. which it is. crazy. we'd be far better served by voting for someone who cooperates with the guy who's pissing us of. which is the barrier. sigh.