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(Politico)   This may come as a shock to some of you, but it looks like Comcast is spreading the wealth around D.C. as their merger goes for approval   (politico.com) divider line 53
    More: Obvious, Comcast, Capitol Hill, mergers, Dick Durbin, Amy Klobuchar, 39th state, Time Warner Cable  
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2014-03-10 07:14:46 PM  

TV's Vinnie: But if We The People try to collectively get into this game (via Workers Unions), that's evilikkypoopoobad and it must be stopped at all costs!


Werent you last seen blaming the tea party for all that ails the country?
 
2014-03-10 09:21:11 PM  
JungleBoogie: We didn't want an imperial presidency so we term-limited it. We have an imperial Congress. It needs to be term-limited.

Dr Dreidel: Maybe a bit esoteric, but the function of an executive makes that job better suited to term limits than a legislator.

An executive has advisers and such, and is expected to lead a division of government. This kind of position is best suited to quick-ish decision making and policy planning, and really doesn't need an experienced person so much as one willing to seek out advice.

A legislator has to be familiar with the objects of legislation - they have to "walk a mile in our shoes" so that they know what our (state- or district-level) problems are. This necessarily requires more experience, with both laws and lawmaking and with life in general (knowing more about where the problems can potentially come from - "life lessons").



The problem is that politicians aren't policy wonks, typically. Their field of expertise is raising money and politicking. Politicians are expert development officers, in general. The people who influence them nowadays are ones who can either give them money, or who control blocs of votes. A politician's time is limited. He spends it on activities that advances his interests - typically re-election, or power-accrual.

There are pros and cons to term limits, certainly. IMO, the big cost - entrenched, endemic corruption - outweighs any perceived benefits.

"Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason." - Mark Twain
 
2014-03-10 09:28:00 PM  

MyRandomName: TV's Vinnie: But if We The People try to collectively get into this game (via Workers Unions), that's evilikkypoopoobad and it must be stopped at all costs!

Werent you last seen blaming the tea party for all that ails the country?


The tea party is anything but union.
 
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