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Yesterday, I wrote an article calling for term limits, and one reader responded, disagreeing. We went back and forth a bit. I think this is a good topic for a conversation. David started with his email subject heading reading: Term limits are STUPID, How could you endorse them?

He wrote:
Getting rid of Rich people only, now enforced because campaign contributions cannot be diverted to paying one's bills, so one MUST be independently wealthy to RUN for office is one thing.

Making the entire focus of a term of office JUST THAT TERM (or 2), and limiting the sense of history of the body to JUST ONE TERM(or 2) is STUPID.

Talk about Skewing the system to immediate gratification! Geeze Man? What did you do instead of thinking this through? Brush your teeth?

Please, get real about term limits!


I replied:
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of course, term limits should be accompanied by total removal of money interests from the system. Equal funds for each qualified candidate.

History can be instilled through historians, consultants, advisors, in a lot of ways. Incumbents have too much power


He replied:

Do you want a dentist who has zero to two years of training, or ten?
A Boss?
Legal Council in a lawsuit?
Make your own list. Experience is not a bad thing. Being corrupt is.
My reply:
In sports, age eliminates players, sometimes after just a few years.
In politics, the power of incumbency ruins the honest election process. While of course, there is a big benefit to experience, there are other ways to deal with retaining it. We could literally pay the best legislative minds to be consultants to congress. But they would not vote. THey'd get respectable paychecks, maybe with the understanding that extra years of service to the government would supplement their pensions. This might be a lot better than the young kids who act as aides to some current legislators.

One thing I do know. It is no longer possible for challengers to have serious hopes of beating all but the worst incumbents. That does not make for building the best legislature.


What do you think?
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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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and am still somewhat reticent about, athletes sta... by Rachel Gladstone-Gelman on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 8:26:46 AM
I’ve gone back and forth and have settled on... by Jack Lohman on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 9:15:38 AM
and all that goes with it.  I like it. &... by Rachel Gladstone-Gelman on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 9:32:32 AM
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This is a tough one, but the framers of the Consti... by John R Moffett on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 11:56:14 AM
We have it here. The main result that I can see is... by Jim Arnold on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 1:40:20 PM
Term limits is not just an American concern it app... by Andris on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 3:54:49 PM
We've come so far from the original concept of... by Tom Murphy on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 4:05:51 PM
$100 per year ? that much!Seriously though If i li... by Andris on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 4:32:22 PM
I have been for and against term limits. I am curr... by Anton Grambihler on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 5:06:22 PM
... it's just through the back door, when you ... by Jack Lohman on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 7:51:36 PM
There should definitely be term limits for the pre... by Ty on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 6:34:15 PM
that term limits are a lazy fix for an uninvolved ... by Jim Freeman on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 7:17:43 PM
In addition to his lucid and well posed response t... by ardee D. on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 8:32:13 PM
Good idea?  Yes, if linked to other things fo... by Sandy Sand on Saturday, Oct 20, 2007 at 9:28:32 AM