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Framed: America's 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance Hardcover – Apr 17 2012


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Not what I had hoped for March 20 2014
By Jim Bruner - Published on Amazon.com
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Alas, Levinson's discussion of this immense problem is limited to a couple of pages of Chapter 1. On page 29, he even lets another author, Daniel Rodriquez, define the problem: "[T]he basic range of policies and policy choices made by state and local officials dwarf (sic)--indeed always have dwarfed (sic)--national political activity." Ever since Tip O'Neill said, "All politics is local," that has been my observation, and why it should be a mystery to any other serious student of American history is beyond me.
In our dysfunctional national legislative family, 50 squabbling children (mostly bicameral state legislatures) individually devise their own conflicting "playground rules" and pry "lunch money" from their citizens (and then petition Congress via the IRS Form 1040, Schedule A to refund part of it), even though the U.S. Constitution gives only Congress the right to tax (and specifically only incomes at that). Not satisfied with salaries and perks provided by the IRS, the members of the parent Congress engorge themselves on generous "campaign contributions" from corporate members of the American Legislative Exchange Council, which has no allegiance to any state, and (given its tendency to hide profits offshore) probably not to the nation, either.
The U.S. Constitution, as currently interpreted, allows greedy corporate entities like ALEC to methodically divide and conquer ignorant voters in the 50 states while the peasants anxiously and sporadically watch the DC media circus, hoping that Congress will somehow save them from their own folly.
Most Americans don't know enough math or have enough patience to file their own tax returns, let alone realize when snake-oil salesmen are taking them to the cleaners, and none of our 51 constitutions offer them much protection. No wonder we have income inequality.
This is why we need to scrap all of our constitutions and start over.
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For Fundamental Reform May 9 2012
By Publius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
You want fundamental Constitutional reform? This book is amazing. It builds off of Levinson's last book, which is also fantastic (5 stars) -- Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (And How We the People Can Correct It). Spoiler: he proposes the same solution. (i.e., a Constitutional Convention by a group of people picked by a lottery -- with many other great suggestions).
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Contrary to expectations, no frame included Sept. 26 2012
By M. Heiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was going to add this item to my wall display of attractively lettered documents:

Aunt Jody's homemade Christmas Card from 2007...
That YIELD sign from the construction zone on the corner...
The Equal Opportunity Guidelines from the bulletin board at work (en Espanol)...
and my collage of labels from containers of Tuscan Whole Milk, 1 gallon, 128 fl oz. Tuscan Whole Milk, 1 Gallon, 128 fl oz

With a name like this, one naturally expects the item to come FRAMED. This is misleading. You have to supply your own frame.


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