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The GOP and Round Two

IQUIT Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 4:46 PM
The gov't needs term limits. It would eliminate the lobbyist or at least make it cost prohibitive to lobby new congressmen every 2 or 4 years. Making the 'third rail' decisions to eliminate or reduce entitlements would no longer be a job ending decision considering your term is defined anyway. I think 12 years in state legislature and 12 years in federal government would solve alot of our countries woes.
FlamingLiberalMultiCulturalist Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 5:01 PM
Lobbbyists are there permanently. They would do what they do just the same way, why would it be any different?
IQUIT Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 5:26 PM
because they buy several politicians once and own them for years, decades even. With term limits, the lobbyist would have to 'buy' politicians every several years and the investment would be prohibitive. Money isn't infinite, these lobbyists have a limited amount of funding.
psydoc Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 5:51 PM
I would think that if we somehow got term limits passed, it would be fairly easy to get lobbyists outlawed, too.

I wish either could happen, but I am not holding my breath.
FlamingLiberalMultiCulturalist Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 10:38 PM
Lobbyists = dollars = Free Speech (these days, anyway).

The well-kept politician requires care and feeding at every election and at many points in between. I do not believe that they can be "bought once".

President Obama won the first round of his second term, but thanks to Mitch McConnell the beating wasn’t as severe as it could have been.

The period between the election and the turn of the calendar was dominated by the president, with Speaker John Boehner as his foil. The Speaker always seemed to assume the president was negotiating in good faith, even as the campaign events continued, and even as he was pummeled day and night by the president and his surrogates in the MSM.

The collapse of the Speaker's and the GOP’s ability to make an argument was complete...