Anyone who uses any components produced there
Now here is an aspect of this issue I haven't considered yet. I knew that this was the case, and always think of this place as a technologicaly advanced economy but I never really put two-and-two together. The last thing we need is a another OPEC (RPEC?).
Still, all things being equal, nations that are new to the voting thing seem to have a much higher turnout at the polls. I am Canadian, but we are inundated by American news media here. It doesn't seem to matter who you talk to in the States, everybody has an opinion, yet the voting turnout is so low it is almost criminal.
I lived in So. Cal. for a few months, and saw a lot of people there who probably don't really feel "in the loop". In fact I am willing to bet that most of the people I worked with there (I worked in a hotel) didn't vote, or even think about politics. Why do I say this? They didn't even consider themselves to be American! California was a place they had come to make some money, it had very little to do with "American political policy" and everything to do with "American economic oppourtunity".
Personally, I am okay with that. Live and let live. But I can't help wondering about this a little. If the American electoral process was a little more straight-forward and made people feel more involved maybe more people would vote. If you watch the news it becomes pretty clear that presidential canidates (for example) are backed by some heavy coporate contributions (and in some cases this money isn't even American in origin). How does this make the average Joe feel about the electoral process...
This post has been a bona-fide Rongen's Rant[tm].
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