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  • term limits
    DanS
    agree. there should be age limits as well as term limits. naysayers tout we already have term limits, i.e., elections. history has proven that to be falsehood. The state of Illinois had a paid, absent Senator (Kirk) for all of 2012, as well as paid AWOL Representative (Jackson) for six months. Illinois did not prosper, nor did it falter during 2012. This proves we can survive without their services. The Congress, especially the Senate is nothing more than a club for the aged, lame and infirm.
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  • Illinois Did Falter
    ben
    Illinois did falter, but not because of a lack of representation. S&P downgraded them to A-, lower than California. Moody downgraded Illinois to A2. The same as Botswana, a nation that's 70 percent desert. Just goes to show what a dynamic combination of powerful public service unions and government dominated by Democrats and organized crime can achieve. Note: Charcoal grey is the new black. Chi-town will soon be the new Detroit.
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  • The rest of the story
    FERS Fed
    California's bond rating was raised following Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed balanced budget as well as spending cuts and voter approval of a $6-billion tax increase. ..... You want gov't services, you have to pay for them.
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  • From 50th to 49th
    ben
    Rising from 50th to 49th is hardly a great accomplishment. Rather like Alabama saying, "Thank God for Mississippi," to keep them from being on the bottom of most everything else.
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  • Bazinga!
    FERS Fed
    Missed the point entirely. You made a false correlation between the bond rating and the efficacy of the legislature.
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  • No!
    ben
    Didn't make a correlation, but a comparison. As to bond issue, the new rating was in reaction to the tax increase. However, the increase in the tax rate most likely will not lead to significantly increased revenue. High earners are bailing out of California, if at all possible. Maryland made the same mistake, twice. Its impossible to teach some people anything.
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  • "Didn't make a correlation"?
    FERS Fed
    "Just goes to show what a dynamic combination of powerful public service unions and government dominated by Democrats and organized crime can achieve." Yup, no correlation indicated there.
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  • Sarcasm, Its Called.
    ben
    That comment, obviously, alluded to Illinois, alone. California arrived at its dismal position mainly because of Democrats, alone. Unions did contribute to the problems with some of her cities. Organized crime is not embedded in the fabric of government as it is in Illinois. Unless, one counts lawyers.
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  • Yes! Term Limits, Please!
    ben
    Four terms for the House and two for the Senate. That's enough time for them to do an effective job and keep the enthusiasm. Less, and they would be too easy a target for the lobbyists. I'd keep the pay fairly high, as DC is an expensive place to live, but limit retirement to the TSP and social security. No privileges after office. With no term limits, members of congress use their privileges to burrow into office. Its much harder to get rid of a varmint once its burrowed in. Plus, they become creatures of the denizens of K Street -- the day shift, mostly! The night shift is more honest, but you can catch nasty things from both. I suspect a wide spread petition for a constitution convention is the only way to force congress to pass a term limit amendment. They would do almost anything to avoid the convention.
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  • To work, a term limit needs be ONE term
    dailycheese
    Senators and representatives spend 60% of their time fund raising and building up their war chests for the next election. As soon as they get in office, lobbyists are dropping off donations to get influence. One term takes the need to get re-elected out of the equation. A representative can focus on doing what they were supposedly elected for. That is representing the interests of the people that elected them. They can even vote their conscience, beholding to no special interest, knowing that they are only in DC for a limited time to do the right thing. Imagine that!
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  • Dependent Upon Lobbyists
    ben
    One termers would be neophytes, too susceptible to lobbyist influence -- a balance must be made.
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  • Professional staffs
    Linbob
    Members of Congress don't need to be experts. They have professional staffs who are the continuity of Congress. We just need to have smart people and they come from all walks of life, not just lawyers. While we are discussing term limits, repeal Citizens United and give the American people a way to give Congress a vote of NO Confidence. We may not be able to get rid of the bums, but we can let them know we are mad as Hell and not going to take it anymore!
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  • Permanent Staff In Pay of Lobbyists
    ben
    So, you would have a permanent congressional staff supporting one term members of congress? Permanent staff easily turned by lobbyists. Hardly a great change!
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  • The People Have the Power to Fire Politicians
    Nairb
    Here's a simple solution...until congress starts doing their job all Americans should vote to fire incumbents. Don't vote on party lines, don't vote for your special interest...use your vote to send a message to our political leaders that we expect them to do their job. ...fire 'em all.
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  • Something to consider
    David L.
    One six-year term sounds reasonable. However, the institutional memory would then rest with the staff, thus giving unelected staff more power and influence. People say we can vote out the bums, but that doesn't help, because people tend to like their own bum. If we're going to have term limits, we should also repeal the 17th amendment and have senators appointed by their state legislators. That would remove the influence of big money buying senators in small states.
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  • Nice thought but....
    Mr Ed
    Repeal of 17th Amendment would not solve the problem as those that want to influence politicians always find a way around the problem. Influencing would just be shifted to the state level instead of at the federal level. In most cases, influencing at the state level already exists in primaries and with ambitious state legislators wanting to go to the federal level. Need to make all lobbies illegal.
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  • Yes repeal. No, do not repeat the Bill of Rights.
    ben
    Yes, return to the state legislature electing senators. That was supposed to limit influence and corruption. Instead, it concentrated influence and corruption in DC, rather than in the several states. Lobbyists are the embodiment of the right to petition government enshrined in the Bill of Rights. A simplified tax and regulation system would lessen their influence and the need for it.
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