originally posted by: JimNasium
... Perhaps a long, painful shutdown will motivate the middle to mimic the passion of the extremists? We are NOT the "Greatest Generation" and
those folks would be greatly disappointed with Our current state of affairs. We no longer respect and value "Common Sense" as that is shouted down by
the opposite- "NONSense" that We see in just about every important matter that arises.
Actually the two surest ways to improve our government and the quality thereof are true campaign finance reform and term limits. Proper and real
implementation of the first would probably make the second superfluous.
These two reforms would go a long way to correcting all the other issues you and others raise.
Limit total dollars spent on any campaign. Period. You can have different caps for different levels of government but all campaigns at the same level,
no matter who or what party, you can spend X dollars. That's it.
In addition ALL of that money comes from tax funds. No individual donors. No corporate donors. No PACs. No candidate self-funding. No lobbyist
This would serve to level the playing field and open up public service to real people. No incumbent would enjoy an advantage in funding. This would
also most likely lead to a periodic and more frequent turnover in government officials independent of any term limits.
Also, so long as the caps were set low enough, it'd make political candidates more reliant on doing actual honest to god interviews and debates to get
their message out. The people's information about candidates wouldn't be limited to the propaganda put out by the candidate's own campaign or the
Maybe this would give the press a much needed re-invigoration as well. Who knows. At the very least, we'd move the MSM away from talking heads just
commenting on the latest claims put out by either side.
My second point, term limits, would do much the same as the campaign finance reform outlined above. In fact, for me at least, instituting each of
these rules would be a kind of check on the other. So, even if somehow, some way, an elected official or candidate found a way around the campaign
caps, we'd still have rational term limits in place so they still couldn't make being a politician a money making opportunity or career. Likewise, the
caps would be there in case a politician or candidate came up with some scheme to circumvent the term limit; a party couldn't just run a series of
puppets to, in essence, bypass the term limit.
Anyway, it's all just a dream really. We're already under the thumb of career politicians who will never peacefully give up their cash cow. It'd take
a real revolution. The kind with guns and blood and I'm sorry to say, the American public just ain't up to it anymore.
edit on 2/2/18 by
35Foxtrot because: (no reason given)