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Friends, donors and countrymen
Friends, donors and countrymen

  Political news gathering these days often consists of warnings about "donor fatigue," followed by excited updates on the dollar figure each candidate and party has collected. Given the complaints and overheated debates about all this, why don't we take the next logical step? Let's skip elections entirely and simply sell the offices to the candidates who offer the most cash. (Some cynics might say we already do that.) We could then easily fund Social Security and other programs and avoid those annoying robocalls, beseeching emails and ubiquitous television ads. There's a clear precedent to follow: In Rome in AD 193, two politicos went monetarily mano a...

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