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  • Posted by jnnrd54 4 years, 3 months ago
    The only thing better than his decision not to run (probably knew he would not win) would be to learn that someone actually beat the crap out of him.
    He made an interesting comment, "I don't want to be remembered for the last six years" or words to that effect. Is there a chance something clicked with him about his leader?
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  • Posted by term2 4 years, 3 months ago
    Why Nevadans continued to elect Harry Reid was a real mystery to me until I realized that cronyism is at the base of his support. People here saw his political power and wanted to use that to get them goodies. But what they got in reality are things like obamacare that hurts everyone. There needs to be a ONE TERM limit for all politicians, and it shouldnt be longer than the existing term length. In the meantime, I vote OUT every incumbent each election- its the only way we will get a single term enforced. One term only actually is efficient in that the last year of a term is spent now just getting re-elected. If there is NO second term, there is no re-election distraction for that last year service.
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    • Posted by  $  CBJ 4 years, 3 months ago
      "If there is NO second term, there is no re-election distraction for that last year service." Not always a good thing, as it can sometimes free term-limited statist politicians to inflict considerable damage on their way out.
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      • Posted by plusaf 4 years, 3 months ago
        True, that... I used to parrot the one-term-only mantra until an Indian ex-pat, quite successful in business after moving to the US, clued me in...

        He pointed out that in India, many/most/all elected offices are "one term only." What he then described is that, knowing that, the office-holders know that they HAVE Only One Term to amass as much power, influence and money they can... so it's not been exactly a panacea for India.

        We didn't come up with any better Solution at the time, but I now tend to support some of the points made in this thread that relate to measuring, in a Very Public Way, how elected officials have Performed vis-à-vis their pre-election promises...

        Obama and Hillary, imnsho, would not have had any prayer of re-election (or election, as it were.)

        Still hoping...
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      • Posted by freedomforall 4 years, 3 months ago
        That is only an irrational argument invented by statists to prevent the people from limiting terms. Include some real penalties for an office holder not fulfilling promises and easy recall in the last year in the term limit laws. The pols need to become public "servants" again. They give up rights and power to be elected, not gain rights and power.
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        • Posted by  $  CBJ 4 years, 3 months ago
          "That is only an irrational argument invented by statists to prevent the people from limiting terms." Wow, certainly can't argue with that ironclad, airtight logic.

          Oh, wait . . . . Obama.
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          • Posted by freedomforall 4 years, 3 months ago
            Rather have Obama for 4 years or eight years?
            Now that is a tough one.
            How about Harry Reid? Six years enough or do you want 36 years?
            Can't defend freedom if you are hiding from Obama in fear.
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            • Posted by  $  CBJ 4 years, 3 months ago
              Right, Romney or Hillary would have been a *big* improvement.
              Or Kerry, or Gore, or Dole, or Dukakis, or Mondale . . .
              Term limits would have gotten us some or all of those clowns, which is strong evidence that term limits are useless as a means of advancing liberty.
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              • Posted by freedomforall 4 years, 3 months ago
                There is no such evidence. Term limits are one part that will help, but you are right, it is not the only thing needed. The DemRep party has had a monopoly for too long. Its a lot more difficult to continue a monopoly if you have to constantly change the players. Loyalty becomes a problem for the party. Term limits have to prevent existance of career politicians and that will help prevent Kerry, Gore, Dukakis, Mondale, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, et al from being able to take and maintain control. These guys have to meddle constantly. If there is no career in it they will have to find another way. That will be another problem.
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