Sunday, November 11, 2012

Should farm animals be counted in electoral vote?


To counter the growing strength of the Latino votes, Midwest state legislators are proposing a 3/5s rule for farm animals that would allow them to have a greater number of US representatives and more electoral votes in subsequent general elections.   They looked at the huge swathes of red in farm and ranch states and felt there must be some way to get a better accounting for this vast amount of real estate that votes Republican.


The beef and pork industry seems keen on the idea as they hope it will increase federal subsidies and allow them to have an even greater voice in politics.  These industries felt it unfair that corporations could be counted as persons but that farm animals are still regarded as non-human.

Animal rights activists have yet to weigh in on this, but there is some favorable response as they feel farm animals have long been overlooked in the struggle for equal rights, and hope that such legislation would allow them to press charges against those ranchers who treat them adversely.  Farm animals themselves have yet to be interviewed on the subject.


10 comments:

  1. In this day and age things need to be clearly labeled as Satire/not Satire because this type of nonsense could very well be legitimately proposed in certain circles. =P

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  2. The other problem is that 3/5 of a vote has a popular historical precedent that was not all that different at the time. Colbert, disappointed in the outcome, has instead suggested counting geography. (I love seeing my tiny tiny patch of blue up there)

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  3. I think Colbert was just facetiously suggesting that. I don't think he really cares about the outcome ; )

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  4. His comment was something like -- Obama won. You think I work this hard just for fun of it?

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  5. Probably the best thing to come out of this election is the Karl Rove meltdown. The audacity of the guy to claim Obama suppressed white vote based on a flimsy piece of research in Real Clear Politics.

    Maybe once we get past all this denial in the right wing we might be able to move forward, although I'm not holding my breath.

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    1. Rove claimed that Obama ran negative ads that turned off voters and was thus guilty of suppressing the vote. I'm sure I've said this before, but these guys will SAY ANYTHING!

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  6. This is another one of those cases, like faulty math, "that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better." It's also classic Rove: blaming your own weaknesses on the other side.

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    1. Megyn Kelly became my hero with that comment. There is a glimmer of hope at Fox -- 0,05%

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  7. It's just so mind-numbingly blatant. The echo chamber is alive and well.

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