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Old 03-19-2008, 08:04 AM
 
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Bideshi wrote:
We should send representatives to Washington just like we make juries. Draw names out of the hat: "Elberta Fudgecycle" you are hereby directed to report to the Senate of the United States for a six year tour of duty."
Your proposed solution has great merit. Professional politicians are completely out of touch with the needs of average citizens. I think that randomly selected citizens would do a far better job than professional politicians who spend a lifetime looking out for their own best interests under the guise of service to the country. What a farce!
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Old 03-19-2008, 01:24 PM
 
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What makes you think that those drawn would be any better? But at least the murder rate in congress would reflect the society.
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Old 03-19-2008, 01:28 PM
 
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texdav wrote:
What makes you think that those drawn would be any better?
I just can't imagine how they could be worse, but maybe that's due to my limited imagination. I trust that others who disagree with my viewpoint could find hundreds of ways.
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Old 03-19-2008, 01:39 PM
 
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I agree.Plus the fact that they take away from what we could give in help to the elderly and the truely disabled.
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Old 03-19-2008, 05:54 PM
 
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I understand that. I think that to a large extent, the voter goes on faith by believing a congressrep will support the best interests of the citizen. That becomes less true with each succeeding congress. My only recourse is that I never vote for an incumbent.
Willys, it might make sense for any politician in office to serve only one term. Then they don't have to waste everyone's time with fund raising for the rest of their careers.
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Old 03-20-2008, 07:56 AM
 
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Term limits...great idea. Once and done. That's it. No experienced politicians, always new blood, with new ways of doing things, fresh ideas, beginners mind, enthusiasm, a willingness to think outside the box. Experience is a cover up for making the same mistakes again and again.
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:28 PM
 
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Like any job ;I believe there is a learning curve in governmant. No one wants to turn over a company to someone just out of collage.It is just a fact that politicans represent people of so many special interest now days.That is why it is foolish in my view to count on anyhting to do with governmant in your lifes as far as domestic policy.If peole think their finances are in trouble just look at the federal government. And yet they keep promising things they can't achieve.I doubt we will ever see universal healthacre in our lifetime judging from other things like medicare perscription drugs and then it will be nothing like we think.
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Old 03-24-2008, 04:20 AM
 
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Experience is a cover up for making the same mistakes again and again.
It's not a mistake for them. They become obscenely wealthy at our and the nation's expense.
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Old 03-24-2008, 04:24 AM
 
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.I doubt we will ever see universal healthacre in our lifetime judging from other things like medicare perscription drugs and then it will be nothing like we think.
I think we will because the boomer voting block will demand it. Doctors won't even take new Medicare patients now so something has to give. It will, of course, mean much higher taxes.
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Old 03-25-2008, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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If the much higher taxes are based on income with a decent deductable most of us boomers won't have enough income to pay very much. If we get a universal health care system so much to the better. Personally. I consider that to be a good thing
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