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10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 6, 2018, 20:02 jdreyer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 6, 2018, 18:05:
It is a bit of a catch-22. The reason most politicians are lawyers is you pretty much need to be one to have any chance to understand most legislation. Now if you are smart and put some effort into it, you can get good at it, but obviously that takes time. However, by the time you'd get good at it, you'd hit the term limit. And no matter whether you are a D or a R, the salary isn't really enough to have to put up with 40% of the population thinking ill of you. So... here come the lobbyists...

A lot of politicians work for years in another politicians office. You can get lots of experience as a chief of staff. My own thoughts on term limits for Congress: 5 terms in the House (10 years) and 2 terms in the Senate (12 years)
 
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9. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 6, 2018, 19:58 jdreyer
 
Bodolza wrote on Mar 6, 2018, 14:19:
Your number 1 is just going to make things worse. As it is, incumbents have to spend a lot of their time fundraising, and that's for relatively secure positions. If positions are constantly contested it means a lot more fundraising to fight election battles, so more opportunities for bribes.

Mandatory public funding would work much better. It would also have the effect of financially evening out the races, so incumbents wouldn't have as much of an advantage. Of course, American's would never vote for it, since that's socialism. Can't have any tax money going to people that aren't rich.

Public funded elections with no private donation exceeding $100.
 
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8. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 6, 2018, 18:09 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 6, 2018, 18:05:
It is a bit of a catch-22. The reason most politicians are lawyers is you pretty much need to be one to have any chance to understand most legislation. Now if you are smart and put some effort into it, you can get good at it, but obviously that takes time. However, by the time you'd get good at it, you'd hit the term limit. And no matter whether you are a D or a R, the salary isn't really enough to have to put up with 40% of the population thinking ill of you. So... here come the lobbyists...

That's why I said 20 years. If it takes 20 years to get good at your job, the job is borked.

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7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 6, 2018, 18:05 Mr. Tact
 
It is a bit of a catch-22. The reason most politicians are lawyers is you pretty much need to be one to have any chance to understand most legislation. Now if you are smart and put some effort into it, you can get good at it, but obviously that takes time. However, by the time you'd get good at it, you'd hit the term limit. And no matter whether you are a D or a R, the salary isn't really enough to have to put up with 40% of the population thinking ill of you. So... here come the lobbyists...  
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6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 6, 2018, 14:27 Beamer
 
Bodolza wrote on Mar 6, 2018, 14:19:
Your number 1 is just going to make things worse. As it is, incumbents have to spend a lot of their time fundraising, and that's for relatively secure positions. If positions are constantly contested it means a lot more fundraising to fight election battles, so more opportunities for bribes.

Mandatory public funding would work much better. It would also have the effect of financially evening out the races, so incumbents wouldn't have as much of an advantage. Of course, American's would never vote for it, since that's socialism. Can't have any tax money going to people that aren't rich.

I think we can do both, right?
Mandatory term limits, but it shouldn't be 2, like in the past. However, someone in Washington for 40+ years seems bad. I'd be ok with 20. Maybe that's dumb, and hardly applies to most politicians.

Public funding, absolutely. I don't discuss it much here because I've honestly never thought hard about it, but it's something I feel is necessary. Just not passionate enough to devote time thinking it through or researching it. At a high level, seems like it would solve so many problems.
 
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5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 6, 2018, 14:19 Bodolza
 
Your number 1 is just going to make things worse. As it is, incumbents have to spend a lot of their time fundraising, and that's for relatively secure positions. If positions are constantly contested it means a lot more fundraising to fight election battles, so more opportunities for bribes.

Mandatory public funding would work much better. It would also have the effect of financially evening out the races, so incumbents wouldn't have as much of an advantage. Of course, American's would never vote for it, since that's socialism. Can't have any tax money going to people that aren't rich.
 
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4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 6, 2018, 12:33 Burrito of Peace
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 6, 2018, 11:43:
Oregon Fails to Repeal Law Giving Comcast Unneeded Tax Break.

Hard for a politician to do the right thing when he's paid off not to.

Here's how we fix that:

1. Strict term limits on all elected and appointed positions.
2. No lobbyist or PAC donations and a formerly elected or appointed person cannot take a job in any directly related or associated field for a decade.
 
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3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 6, 2018, 12:03 Cutter
 
Once again we see tax breaks for the wealthy mean nothing more than just more money going into their own pockets.
 
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2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 6, 2018, 11:57 Mr. Tact
 
Oregon failed, but Washington seems to have gotten past the lobbyists for now anyway... from the Washington article:
The FCC prohibited state laws from contradicting the decision, so itís very likely ISPs will sue Washington state over this new law to find out if the FCC does have the power to preempt the move.
No telling what the courts will do in such a case... here's to hoping common sense prevails.
 
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1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 6, 2018, 11:43 jdreyer
 
Oregon Fails to Repeal Law Giving Comcast Unneeded Tax Break.

Hard for a politician to do the right thing when he's paid off not to.
 
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