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Posted on Jul 30, 2008

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By webbedouin, August 3, 2008 at 10:37 am Link to this comment

“The fact of the matter is, we all want to bribe a politician,” said Mr. Whitekeys, an Anchorage entertainer whose long-running political cabaret is called the Whale Fat Follies. “We all thought it’d take a Mercedes or a Porsche. Nobody knew you could buy a politician for the cost of a used riding lawn mower.”

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By Ariq, August 2, 2008 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment
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Being a resident of the former illustrious congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham’s district, I find little hope in any ideas that would remove these crooks from office.  Fully one quarter to one third of the electorate in this district would still have voted for Cunningham even after his conviction.  It’s all rather pathetic

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By hippy pam, August 2, 2008 at 6:25 am Link to this comment

We VOTE[hire] these people in to office…We HIRE them to do a certain job-then we just let them go-WILLY NILLY-ANY WHERE/WAY they want to…WE-THE PEOPLE-DO NOT HOLD THEM RESPONSIBLE…We have no one to blame but our selves…WHEN ARE WE…GONNA UNITE..and MAKE THESE PEOPLE PAY FOR THE CRIMES COMMITTED BY THEM AGAINST US[the people who hired them???]

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By GW=MCHammered, August 1, 2008 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment
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re: Aegrus

Thanks for your response…

What are the stats now, 1 in 8 Americans don’t live to age 60? I believe it is. Having volunteered in convalescent centers and maintained dozens of senior citizen computers too, I know a certain fraction over 75 manage well. But not most.

My point is that many efforts to bust up lobbyist control over congress have failed. To get more ideas added to the discussion, perhaps the people need to limit age on USA government pilots (congressmen and presidents) in the same way the FAA limits age of airline pilots.

Frankly, with the damage done by ever-growing government and skyrocketing government spending, I ask the question, “Wouldn’t we be better off without them?” Seriously. I believe the age of the republic is behind us. So why are we still paying/employing it?

My aging mother just handed me her Special Election Ballot. On it, candidates are listed by their preference party. That’s right. So-n-So prefers Republican Party. So-n-So prefers Green Party. WTF? More blurring of lines where healthy boundaries should be maintained for reasons of competition and competing ideas.

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By Aegrus, August 1, 2008 at 10:34 am Link to this comment

I disagree with the idea to remove politicians after 64, GW. There are many people up into their 90s who are active, healthy, cognizant and understanding. Your idea would remove Bernie Sanders from the Senate, and he’s an ardent progressive voice.

Really, the mindset of electing leaders into office needs to be erased from the American Mentality. It’s a false concept. We elect representatives. If more people were actively involved with talking to their
representatives and political parties, government would work better regardless of Democrat and Republican ideology.

Voting for an ideology is one of the fundamental problems for America. Ceasing activism after election day is another.

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By GW=MCHammered, August 1, 2008 at 8:46 am Link to this comment
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Mandatory retirement for ALL politicians at age 64 would go a long way to ending the good ol’ boy syndrome that runs like cancer through OUR Capitol Hill. And while we’re at it, ALL lobbyists must earn Federal Minimum Wage total income and perks to even contact OUR congress. That would help dry up that well of undue influence too.

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