Skip to comments.How about this as a new Constitutional Amendment?
Posted on 12/25/2008 7:30:40 AM PST by thatjoeguy
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Precisely. San Antonio, many years ago, instituted the most severe term limits for it's city council that are the most draconian in the country. The end result was that a city councilperson is nothing more than a ceremonial position. The city is run 100% by a completely unaccountable city staff. WHen a councilperson calls a department to do something for a constituent, the attitude in the department is "I wish he/she would quit calling me!" Council gets a several hundred page document to vote on the day of the council meeting and city staff knows full well they've buried crap deep inside it that cannot be found before the vote is ramrodded through.
Sorry, it's too late to warn about getting me started on term limits. I'm about to get on a roll!
How about 401k’s instead of the pensions they now receive - they’d at least have to put in as much as the govt match.
Besides, is everyone else in your congressional district so mentally retarded that there is no one who could do just as good a job as the incumbent retard?
Seriously, the issue is careerism, people who go to Washington, become part of the Washingtonian class and never leave until they retire with a fat pile of boodle under their arms. Now we are starting to see the Washingtonian class become an hereditary class - see Caroline Kennedy's attempt to capture the New York Senate seat on the basis of her ancestry and Ted Kennedy's behind-the-scenes attempt to will his own senate seat to his wife. This will only get worse - and it will get worse fast.
Many things are in the Constitution to forbid the people from doing what they want and corrupting the Republic. Term limits would be one more.
Not that it will ever happen. Maybe a thousand years from now some people trying to set up a stable republic will learn from our (and the founders) mistakes, and include term limits. Note to those people if they happen to read this: term limits, and no retirement pensions to elected officials. If they want retirement security let them retire to private life and earn it themselves, like their constituents have to.
Term limits result in an uninformed legislature. Most of these issues take years to gain some expertise in order to understand the vocabulary and programs involved. I want someone who has been through more than a few briefings and hearings on a topic to be making decisions about what goes into a bill.
Term limits ends up with uninformed decisions or the legislator being told by lobbyists or his/her staff how to vote on issues. Un-elected “handlers” would acquire more and more power as the bureaucrats.
We have seen it in the State legislature.
The reason I posit this is that we have certifiable MORONS in Congress and THEY'RE writing Laws that WE all have to live by. And that is the classic definition of:
The Inmates Are Running The AsylumSheila Jackson-Lee, Maxine Waters, Patty 'gym shoes' Murry, 'Cadillac' Charlie Rangel, Babs Boxer, Di-Fi, Linda Sanchez (or 90% of anyone from CA), and in IL: Bobby Rush, Louis Gutierrez and Davis Danny are just a few IDIOTS that are or were in Congress that come to mind. Oh, almost forgot the *best* example -- 'Jihad' Cindy McKinney (IQ of 30).
Ergo, any potential Congress-critter would have to submit a certified copy of their IQ test to their respective Secretaries of State before they could be placed on the ballot. Just like they do with the minimum number of Signatures
Yes, I know. There's a lot of women on my list, and minorities too. Well that's the way it goes, if the shoe fits...
Now, and in my opinion,and the next few years is not a good time to tinker with the Constitution.
Most of them are a bunch of drooling idiots anyway, I don't see how it matters. Just pick random names out of the phone book.
I cannot accept this as true. No treaty can override the Constitution. To amend the Constitutions requires 3/4 of the states to ratify, a treaty a majority of the Senate. The Bricker Amendment must be a way to tell Justice Kennedy to keep his hands off foreign law.
How about an amendment:
2/3 of both houses to raise taxes and spending and a simple majority to lower them.
add to that... if you receive any form of government assistance becasue you refuse to work, you cannot vote due to conflict of interest...
Constitution = obama snickers
As long as you are not a lawyer and don't go hunting with Dick Cheney, not much can happen...
I am %1000 with you on every point my friend. Elected office should be a hard working ,no perks , moderate paying , limited job. No one should be allowed to make $$ on their backs of their law making privilege.
Just repeal the income tax amendment. That money is the source of all corruption in the federal government.
The Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution
is contained in Article VI:
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States
which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all
Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the
Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme
Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall
be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or
Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
How about you and me and you and you and you and you and you and everyone else within sight of this post, pick a few States where an incumbent is an unfaithful representative, and agree to go to that State and work in the Primary to get someone else elected in the screwup’s district? We could share motel rooms for a week, say, and canvass and hand out flyers and call voters, working with the local Republicans. If we had maybe a dozen per group and we stayed in inexpensive motels and worked long hours for a new Candidate, we might just be able to remove some of the less productive members of Congress.
I’m retired, it’d be worth it to try to unseat a Kennedy, Kerry, Frank, Reid, Byrd, Dodd, etc.
True, but so far, the only WORKING term limit is a pine box....
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