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I question the premise. What is this bargain of which you speak? No one told me about any bargain.

That was my husband's point and I can see how anyone would feel that way since it's become so clear over the years that this country is run in the interest of a very few. The bargain that's easiest to see is the one between the power elite and the politicians they buy. So when we hear that the oil industry and the pharmaceutical industry is writing legislation, in the back of our minds we sort of figure that that's exactly what several million dollars in campaign contributions get you. And when you get invited to a political fund raiser with big celebrity and you find out that it'll cost 100 bucks to get through the door, you figure, well, I'm not supposed to have access to people like that. That's the way politics works after all.

But even though the bargain between the elected and the electors has been trampled, it exists, which is why I really like Jane's question. We do owe it to the people in office to do certain things. That's why whenever I show up at an office protesting, I remind whatever staffer has been assigned to see me that I'm doing the politician a favor by letting him/her know what's going on in the district.

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