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2013-02-01 Terror Networks
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Posted by tipper 2013-02-01 02:52|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [255 views ]  Top

#1 Term limits for our Congresscritters? Although it would be hard to bring about, term limits would put a crimp in the seniority system, committee appointments, party power, and cozy lobbying arrangements.
Posted by JohnQC 2013-02-01 10:33||   2013-02-01 10:33|| Front Page Top

#2 Elect people who don't want the job. Jury duty type selection with the electorate choosing from the stuckees. After all it takes a long time to become a good political crook. Ward heeling, etc...
Posted by Water Modem 2013-02-01 11:14||   2013-02-01 11:14|| Front Page Top

#3 Also move government entities around geographically without moving expenses for the employees. That way only dedicated will follow. Right now if you lay somebody off in say energy the sob pops up with a new job in say interior dept. If you shuffle the placement, new employees don't come from an old pool of bureaucrats.
Posted by Water Modem 2013-02-01 11:18||   2013-02-01 11:18|| Front Page Top

#4 1) A no dynasty amendment. If mommy or daddy or auntie or uncle are elected, you are ineligible to run for elective office. For the term of YOUR life, not theirs.

2) Part time legislature which only meets at points equidistant from large urban areas.

3) Rinse and repeat.
Posted by M. Murcek 2013-02-01 11:41||   2013-02-01 11:41|| Front Page Top

#5 The problem with term limits is that the government then is captured by the staffers, who always remain.
Posted by Steve White 2013-02-01 12:53||   2013-02-01 12:53|| Front Page Top

#6 The problem with term limits is that the government then is captured by the staffers, who always remain.

Set limits for them too. And NO lobbying.
Posted by Goober Thud2822 2013-02-01 13:09||   2013-02-01 13:09|| Front Page Top

#7 Move the capital (Legislature, Executive, perhaps Judicial as well) every 4 years to a randomly selected city (out of 2,000).
Posted by CrazyFool 2013-02-01 13:15||   2013-02-01 13:15|| Front Page Top

#8 Salaries, healthcare and pension program equivalant to or less than comparible in the private sector.

Aids and staffers beyond the number required are paid for out of the politicians salary. Use the number of staffers required 20 years ago as a baseline.

Crimes commited while in office get an extra decade in prison for abusing the public trust.
Posted by rjschwarz 2013-02-01 14:42||   2013-02-01 14:42|| Front Page Top

#9 Salaries, healthcare and pension program equivalant to or less than comparible in the private sector

"less than" means the corruption in the upper levels of government, gets a better than average chance to move to the lower levels.

See: Mexico, Mexican police, etc.
Posted by Pappy 2013-02-01 14:49||   2013-02-01 14:49|| Front Page Top

#10 Move the capital (Legislature, Executive, perhaps Judicial as well)
to Tok, Alaska, or maybe Ely, Nevada, than somewhere else in a few years.
Posted by Glenmore 2013-02-01 14:55||   2013-02-01 14:55|| Front Page Top

#11 Sorition

For example the Doge of Venice
New regulations for the elections of the doge introduced in 1268 remained in force until the end of the republic in 1797. Their object was to minimize as far as possible the influence of individual great families, and this was effected by a complex elective machinery. Thirty members of the Great Council, chosen by lot, were reduced by lot to nine; the nine chose forty and the forty were reduced by lot to twelve, who chose twenty-five. The twenty-five were reduced by lot to nine and the nine elected forty-five. Then the forty-five were once more reduced by lot to eleven, and the eleven finally chose the forty-one who actually elected the doge. None could be elected but by at least twenty-five votes out of forty-one, nine votes out of eleven or twelve, or seven votes out of nine electors
Posted by Nimble Spemble 2013-02-01 15:03||   2013-02-01 15:03|| Front Page Top

#12 What about Detroit?
Posted by Alaska Paul 2013-02-01 19:25||   2013-02-01 19:25|| Front Page Top

#13 Jeez, AP, don't you think Detroit already has enough problems? (Admittedly self0inflicted)
Posted by Barbara 2013-02-01 21:37||   2013-02-01 21:37|| Front Page Top

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