Do term limits make sense?

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Re: Do term limits make sense?

Post by pugchief » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:46 am

Cortopassi wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:55 am
There would need to be some reasonable guidelines, I'd think:

Once you got picked by lottery, you are checked for

--Must be a high school graduate
--Must pass a basic intelligence test, whatever that might be that doesn't offend somebody or some group
--Must not have any current government business ties, i.e. can't currently be the CEO of Lockheed
--No direct relatives in the federal government

Intelligence test must include knowledge of the constitution and basic workings of government. Good luck making one that somebody doesn't consider racist. ::)
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Re: Do term limits make sense?

Post by Cortopassi » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:47 am

Xan wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:56 am
Moving to Washington is an anachronism. 30,000 Congressmen can remain where they live. They just need to vote (electronically) the way their neighbors want them to.
Good point. With that many, there really wouldn't be a need to develop personal relationships with other congress people.
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Re: Do term limits make sense?

Post by technovelist » Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:59 pm

Ok, now that we're discussing improvements to the current system, let me tell you my real plan.

Any citizen can represent himself in electronic voting, with each citizen having voting power proportional to the taxes he pays in the jurisdiction in question; e.g., for federal matters, his vote is equal to his federal tax bill for the past year.

Since most people would prefer not to have to represent themselves, they could give revocable proxies to anyone they chose.

Anyone with such proxies has his vote multiplied by the number of proxies he holds.

Any citizen can revoke his current proxy and transfer it to another representative at any time, or represent himself if he can't find anyone to whom he wants to give his proxy.

Now you're talking REAL representative government.
Another nod to the most beautiful equation: e + 1 = 0
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