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Old 01-08-2009, 03:21 PM
Location: San Diego
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Our system is broken, no matter which side you're on, you have to admit that the electoral system leaves much to be desired. What I want to do is see if we can come up with some ways to fix it.

1. Have the Congressional elections be more like the German system (not identical, but using their basic system) in which they vote for candidates and the candidates who get the most votes are elected to the upper house, and the PARTIES of the losing candidates are proportionally represented in the lower house. Example: There are 435 Representatives in the lower house, in the next election 48% of the votes go Democrat, 47% go Republican and 4% go Libertarian and 1% goes green. The next congress would then have 209 Democrats, 204 Republicans, 17 Libertarians and 4 Greens. Wouldn't that represent America much better? Plus, Libertarians and Greens would be less likely to stick to bipartisan politics.

2. No consecutive terms. There will be no need for term limits if people are not allowed to serve consecutive terms for any office. A person wouldn't be reelected unless they really did a good job the last time instead of being reelected because they are simply an incumbent without a highly-financed opponent.

Those are two of my ideas, what do you all think?
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Old 01-08-2009, 03:28 PM
Location: Sacramento
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Depends upon why and how you view the system as being broken. It isn't clear from your proposal.
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Old 01-08-2009, 03:33 PM
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I see your solution frought with its own set of problems. Nothing will ever be accomplished.
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