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Our class had a phone interview with Mr. Quinn yesterday (10/10/02) and he mentioned that "politics should be the last to change" I disagree with him because I came from Korea and the government passed couple of laws that enforce people to recycle. For example, the government passed a law in the early 90s that people should use trash bags issued by the government. Of course, the majority of the people refused and had many complaints about it. However, at the end, people became to recycle more and resturants tried not to use plastic cups and dishes because the more trash they produced, the more money they had to pay. Even though Mr. Quinn was skeptical about politics, isn't it better to influnce the politicans as well?
...and the response:
I didn't say (and have never said) that politics "should be" the last to change. What I said was that it WILL BE the last to change. This is because politicians are by nature conservative. If they get ahead of the electorate, then they don't get elected. You won't begin to see changed minds in politics until the minds of the electorate change --- this is why politics will be the last to change.
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