View Poll Results: Would you support Campaign Reform to allow greater individual donations?

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Thread: Would you support Campaign Finance Reform?

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    Re: Would you support Campaign Finance Reform?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    I voted no and here's why. I think campaign finance reform is and would be a sham. I would however support a constitutional amendment for term-limits.
    Had a thought recently.

    We ought to double the presidential time in office (from 4 to 8 years), but reduce the term limit to 1.
    We ought to triple the representative time in office (from 2 to 6 years?), but reduce the term limit to 1.
    We ought to increase the senatorial time in office from 6 to 9 years, keeping the staggered elections, but reduce the term limit to 1.

    Basically I'm saying the term limits for all politicians should be one term only, but I think we need longer terms because they need some time to get to know the place.


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    Re: Would you support Campaign Finance Reform?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    I disagree completely. Everything is wrong with rationing even if (or especially if) everyone gets the same amount. Freedom is freedom and equality is equality; they are not the same and are often in tension. I'll go with freedom and take my chances re equality, rather than enforce equality and hope freedom survives.
    Political equality is a necessity in a representative democracy. One person, one vote.

    The problem is, while we technically still have that, the person is easily manipulated. And manipulation of the person is the manipulation of the vote, and political equality becomes compromised.

    That said, it's impossible to remove all manipulation. We're manipulated by our parents and the environment we grow up in. But manipulation through the media has become insanely prominent in the last hundred years. And those with the cash to control the media have the capacity to skew the manipulation in their favor to incredible effect. And that manipulation tracks all the way to a persons' vote.

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    Re: Would you support Campaign Finance Reform?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Mittner View Post
    Political equality is a necessity in a representative democracy. One person, one vote.

    The problem is, while we technically still have that, the person is easily manipulated. And manipulation of the person is the manipulation of the vote, and political equality becomes compromised.

    That said, it's impossible to remove all manipulation. We're manipulated by our parents and the environment we grow up in. But manipulation through the media has become insanely prominent in the last hundred years. And those with the cash to control the media have the capacity to skew the manipulation in their favor to incredible effect. And that manipulation tracks all the way to a persons' vote.
    It's called free, unrationed political speech.
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