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    Re: Would setting term limits and wages tied to average wage help motivate congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    They didn't. George Washington chose to retire after two terms while the whole damn country was begging him to stay. The 22nd Amendment wasn't ratified until 1951.
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    Re: Would setting term limits and wages tied to average wage help motivate congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Let's be honest, the voters are uneducated idiots. They vote for buzz words or who looks best on television. Sometimes they need to be protected from their own stupidity.
    You're a voter too.

    If you think voters are stupid (but not you, of course) why do you let them vote at all?

    If you make this "the voters are stupid and need to be protected from themselves" argument, it means you don't believe in democracy at all. And it means you believe you're special, in other words, you're arrogant.
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    Re: Would setting term limits and wages tied to average wage help motivate congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    Well, it's not the answer that anybody wants to hear... but I don't think the problem is the news media or the Congress. The problem is the people, and it's always been the people. Most people are just too stupid for democracy. Most people are too stupid to vote, and this last century was the first time in human history that most people were allowed to. Consequently, last century was when all the democratic governments started to go tits up.
    The problem with this argument is that you might be one of the stupid people. And you can't just declare that you aren't, because you might be too stupid to know it. Most of the people you think are stupid don't think so either.
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    Re: Would setting term limits and wages tied to average wage help motivate congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    EDIT: I want to change this due to utter stupidity, but I will leave it as a testament towards humility instead.
    Oops, now you're too stupid to vote.
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    Re: Would setting term limits and wages tied to average wage help motivate congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Let's be honest, the voters are uneducated idiots. They vote for buzz words or who looks best on television. Sometimes they need to be protected from their own stupidity.
    Yes, especially when they are voting. Other nations have solutions for this, right?
    (Oh, but I keep on thinking that the minority of voters that do think critically and analytically will typically decide the election in spite of the more or less evenly divided others.)
    (Did you call the others stupid?)

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    Re: Would setting term limits and wages tied to average wage help motivate congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    Oops, now you're too stupid to vote.
    I am just as stupid as I have always been... I wonder what those like Cephus would suggest? An minimum IQ pre-requisite to vote? I agree that there are many easily swayed voters and "sheeple" just as there are those that don't educate themselves prior to voting, but voting bills and ads and politicians are so misleading, they lie and twist everything that they can. How are "the common people" or even those that educate themsleves supposed to see past the bull**** and make a good educated vote?
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    Re: Would setting term limits and wages tied to average wage help motivate congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    What would your amendment say? I bet I can either find a loophole and drive a truck through it, or be horrified at its free speech implications.
    I was being facetious in my post. Anyway, of course there would be loopholes. There will always be loopholes in literally any legislation. There would be loopholes with term limits. Big enough to drive a truck through, as you state. There is no such thing as perfect legislation.


    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Term limits are a double edged sword. On the one hand, it would be a way to insure that some hoople-head--Kennedy, Byrd, Frank--doesn't spend 30+ years in Congress. On the other hand, it would insure that great statesmen--Landry, Beohner, Gingrich--aren't allowed to do great things for the country.
    "A statesman is a dead politician. Lord knows we need more statesmen."

    I read that about 25+ years ago and it has stuck with me ever since. In Bloom County (I think). Cracks me up every time.


    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    That is a problem with the system. This saying "oh if you don't like someone then just vote them out" is a idiotic idea.The vast majority of voters are politically illiterate.This is why there is there this funnel effect with the presidential elections being the wide part of the funnel and the city council and local school board being the really skinny part of the funnel.Most registered voters only know what the mainstream media chooses to tell them assuming they do not go oh politics who wants to watch this boring **** and changes the channel. So the idea that people who barely pay attention to politics are somehow going to get rid of a dirt bag in office is absurd. This is why there is so much corruption its because most of the registered voters are not paying attention.
    I very much agree with this. However, we get who we want, whether we like it or not. I have read that Congress and legislatures will do the unpleasant unpopular tasks right after an election so that the voters... who have shown to have an absurdly short attention span... will forget by the time the next election comes around.


    Quote Originally Posted by LaMidRighter View Post
    No, it wouldn't do much at all. In Louisiana we term limit our state reps and they get around it by changing service, basically they will term out in the congress and then run for the senate, then when they term out there they find another elected position available. You would constantly have to pass new laws every time these reps found a loophole. The pay issue I would have thought was good until it was reported that these reps inside trade, money is already not a discouragement and their unique ability to do what we legally cannot in the market has immunized them from any monetary disincintives to make bad decisions.
    Yep. Same thing happened in California. Term limits were enacted in the early or mid 1990s. Every single politician in office at the time has since been termed out. Yet, most of them are still around as state politicians. They've just played musical chairs... at the will of the voters.

    It should be noted that term limits were enacted for federal office holders also, but that part was struck down by the Supreme Court. Can't remember if it was state or federal court, though. Essentially, it was ruled that a state cannot make a decision regarding federal elections like that. I wouldn't want my state put at a disadvantage in Congress because I had rookies with no clout while other states had veterans with clout, but it does seem contrary to state's rights.


    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I'd make it impossible to hold any elected position whatsoever once you term out, until you have worked in the private sector for at least a decade. Politians are totally out of touch with the American public and what it means to work for a living.
    Getting too close to a dictatorship, IMO.


    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    They didn't. George Washington chose to retire after two terms while the whole damn country was begging him to stay. The 22nd Amendment wasn't ratified until 1951.
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    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    The problem with this argument is that you might be one of the stupid people. And you can't just declare that you aren't, because you might be too stupid to know it. Most of the people you think are stupid don't think so either.
    "Stupid" is subjective. That's why we have political parties.

    I would agree that many people are ignorant, though. Ignorant is not the same as stupid.
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    Re: Would setting term limits and wages tied to average wage help motivate congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    The problem with this argument is that you might be one of the stupid people. And you can't just declare that you aren't, because you might be too stupid to know it. Most of the people you think are stupid don't think so either.
    Might be. Never said I wasn't. But what kind of person would I be if I assumed I was? That's no way for a man to live.

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    Re: Would setting term limits and wages tied to average wage help motivate congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    "Stupid" is subjective. That's why we have political parties.

    I would agree that many people are ignorant, though. Ignorant is not the same as stupid.
    There you go.
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    Re: Would setting term limits and wages tied to average wage help motivate congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    Might be. Never said I wasn't. But what kind of person would I be if I assumed I was? That's no way for a man to live.
    So if you don't know if you are, you probably shouldn't be going around saying others are.
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