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For Dems to Win House, Obama Must Rise in Polls

Auspex Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 11:54 AM
I can't disagree, YWC. BUT, instead of blanket term limits, which are too easy for politicians to overturn, lets get rid of the grossly negligent incentives we have for crooks to run for election. How limiting would it be if all three branches and their employees were put on a benefit plan that was equal to what the average American has. And it gets adjusted every year. How about, when millions of americans lost their retirement funds, federal employees and elected officials lose some too. It might give them a reason to push for a better economy if a bad one actually hurt them as much as it hurts the taxpayer...!
jander Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 4:32 PM
Actually JP, it's more likely that John Kerry or Nancy Pelosi would accept the job, since they are wealthy already and not dependent on the salary. I believe in Term Limits but it's a completely separate issue than compensation.

A Term Limit Constitutional Amendment needs and could be started at the state level. It's likely the only way that it will ever get done.
justpaul Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 12:07 PM
Forget benefits; it's too complicated to get passed. Simply set all congressional and executive salaries at the average income of an American family of four in the preceding year and make it absolutely illegal for them to accept money from anywhere else. They always claim that they are running the economy; tie their wages to it. How likely is it that a John Kerry or Harry Reid would work for $42K/year?
YESWECAN Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 12:06 PM
I think if we can get TERM LIMITS that really mean something the things you talk about will follow.
Barack Obama has said that he wants to help Democrats win back a majority in the House of Representatives. He says he looks forward to Nancy Pelosi being speaker again.

If he does work hard to elect House Democrats, it will be a change from 2010 and 2012, when he didn't do much at all for them.

But let's say he does. What are the chances of success?

Certainly not zero. Democrats need to gain 17 seats to win a House majority of 218. That's fewer than the number of seats that changed party in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

And let's...