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Rule of thumb #1 of Member voting psychology

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The tax bill provides a great opportunity to help legislative novices understand a rule of thumb of Member voting psychology.

It’s fairly easy to vote against a bill because of something bad the bill does.  It’s much harder to vote against a bill because of something good the bill leaves out.

“Bad” and “good” depend, of course, on your perspective and your values.

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