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>Term Limits Is What We Need. Kick Out the Old Moochers, Take Back Our Government

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Term Limits, Good

During the last few weeks of Egyptian unrest, a phrase got bandied about with an unusual degree of assumed support: Term limits. We heard of their importance from The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, and other news sources, some of which would normally pooh-pooh any push to establish, say, legislative term limits in America.
The writers and editors in question should find this odd. Why is it good for an executive in America to be term limited (as our Commander-in-Chief is), and even essential (as was often said) for commanders elsewhere, while it’s verboten for U.S. legislators?
Term limits’ rationale is clear. Journalists who wrote about the lack of term limits for Mubarak got the idea. They’re familiar with Lord Acton’s dictum: Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Term limits for executives prevent tyrannies from forming — or, if formed, from continuing till the rigors of mortis set in.
What do term limits for legislators prevent?
Not full-blown tyranny, exactly, but corruption. In a representative democracy, corruption can be subtle.
Term limits are just unsubtle enough to check some of that.
Take John Dingell, the politician to serve longest exclusively in the House. He took over his district from his father, who had served there 22 years — a 78-year dynasty!
Aristotle argued men should “rule and be ruled in turn.” Term limitation: a democratic principle to ward off both wannabe dictators and legislative dynasties.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

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Thanks for coming. Please leave a comment. Your opinion is as valuable as mine or anyone’s. Let’s create an active dialog. Let’s stand up for what we want, what we think and believe America should be like. Fight for your rights – and I don’t mean take to the street with guns. Do your fighting with the pen and conversation – friendly persuasion. Remember, we’re Americans living in the greatest nation on earth. Act like it. Don White

>Why Are We Still Fighting Wars Of Aggression? Term Limits Would Change All That

>I sometimes call myself a Republican. What I really am is a Tea Party conservative. I often ask myself why we are still in Afghanistan – after eight or ten years of “no contest.” No contest means to me we don’t have a chance to decisively win that war. It’s like killing ants one by one. It’s a war of 100,000 of us fighting 100 of them. We kill that 100 and another 100 pop up. Get real, Commander in Chief Barak Obama, you’re supposedly smarter than that. Get our boys out of there. There are far too many risks to life and limb to justify keeping our boys over there, getting them shot at, maimed by mines and enemy ambush, and killed. Then when they do get to come home there are no jobs, they can’t afford to pay the rent, a messed-up landlord kicks them out or the utility shuts off their gas and electricity. It’s a real problem.
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Any candidate for national office – including Senate and House – that wants more than two terms is a traitor to the interests of the United States. Ours is a broken congress, a lobbyist-infected system in which getting elected means keeping your side’s deep-pocketed donors and special interests happy. Two terms is enough. I stand by that statement because it is true and I’ll prove it to you now.

Yes, I know how Orin Hatch defeats his opponents like Greg Hawkins out in Utah. He argues his time in the Senate is a decided advantage – but it’s not. The founders wanted citizen legislators, not career men and women. Experience is nothing. Once a man is there longer than two terms he begins selling his soul to the devil, the progressive opposition; and he gets the big-spender bug on special interest projects to satisfy his donors..It’s inevitable. It happens every time. The only experience Orin Hatch has that Greg Hawkins did not have was back room dealing, making midnight agreements with Democrats, buddy-buddying with Ted Kennedy and others of his dubious list of cronies and lobbyists. All of this in the sacred name of UNITY – so that America can be united? No, it’s not united, and that’s the way it should be. United shuts off honest difference of opinion and leads to compromising values and principles. We can’t be united in politics and expect to succeed.

Utah has spoken. They didn’t like Bob Bennett accepting $108,000 in earmarks and they threw him out on his ear. Why haven’t they thrown Hatch out with him? Perhaps it’s because Hatch is too smart to take earmarks or do anything more stupid or nefarious than to spend his free time – not thinking of how he can solve this nation’s problems – writing country music. I suppose each of us need something to release the pressure. If he has that much tension, perhaps he would like a “free pass” to stay home permanently writing the tunes he loves.

I hated seeing John McCain sitting next to John Kerry in that last State of The Union Address. The Republicans sold their soul when they did that.

I don’t say this lightly. I believe two terms is all – and we should ask Congress – no, command them – to put up a term limit bill immediately. Yes, I know there are “more important things right now like private industry jobs – not those phony government jobs that bloat government – budgets, attacking deficit spending, and reducing the size of government. But what would reduce the size of government more than if the PEOPLE really had control. Build the power of the people and you’ll get good governance. It doesn’t work the other way around. You never want to build the power of elected officials by returning them to office time and time again. That’s an oxymoron, and it just doesn’t work.

Tell the Republican nominating committees across the nation to insist new Congressional Candidates swear to God that they will  1) not be in office for more than two terms and 2) work feverishly to pass a term limit amendment. And lets just see if Obama has the guts to veto the bill and again overrule the will of the people. Remember, the symbol of Republicanism is the elephant, and elephants have have long memories. Don White

Thanks for coming. Please leave a comment. Your opinion is as valuable as mine or anyone’s. Let’s create an active dialog. Let’s stand up for what we want, what we think and believe America should be like. Fight for your rights – and I don’t mean take to the street with guns. Do your fighting with the pen and conversation – friendly persuasion. Remember, we’re Americans living in the greatest nation on earth. Act like it. Don White

>Vote For Conservatives Only – Then For Term Limits

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June 15, 2010

Scientist Discovers Fire

A puzzled professor at Rice University, who also sits on a commission investigating whether term limits should be scuttled, offers evidence that people like term limits. Moreover, it seems people are especially prone to like them during times when the career politicians have gone out of their way to destroy the economy and all things wonderful and beautiful.
The popularity of term limits is old news. Term limit measures pass every time voters get a chance to vote for them. Many people who blog and write letters to the editor and attend Tea Party ralliesregularly demand term limits — even as pols and pundits regularly announce, in tones of increasing desperation, that the term limits movement has expired already, and anyway we-already-have-term-limits-they’re-called-elections.
Bob Stein’s research pertains to Houston. His 1998 survey of registered voters showed 22 percent of respondents supporting city term limits “very strongly.” By 2009, 41 percent supported term limits “very strongly.” The number who opposed term limits “very strongly” rose from only 7 percent to 12.
The Houston Chronicle also reports that in a 2002 article, the professor observed that Americans support term limits “for elected officials at all levels of government.” But he professed not to understand the reason for this enthusiasm.
Somehow it doesn’t occur to the professor that Americans don’t want to be ruled by an entrenched, unmoving, heedless oligarchy that represents only itself?
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob..

>Italians Send Nuclear Waste To America For Storage

>If shipping nuclear power plant waste to Utah isn’t crazy for America and great for Italy, I don’t know what it is. It is a form of discrimination for one state to have to take waste materials from other states — and even a greater case of discrimination when we allow a foreign country like Italy to dump on us — for profit. The profiting company is in this case Energy Solutions of Utah. Somehow, it won a lawsuit making all of this legal. Shame on you judges to allow this. Shame on you Utah lawmakers to not be resourceful enough with the pen to avoid this.

Amidst all of the arguments, there’s also a story out of Utah about Bob Bennett and the Republican Party responding to the Democrat’s Cap and Trade Bill due to be voted on this weekend or next week.

That’s a disaster of a bill because all it does is raise our taxes, especially in Red states that voted for Bush. What a blatant anti-American law that will be because it trashes all we love about America being a fair-minded country. Democrats will stoop at anything to get re-elected. You saw what they did for the unions, giving them a huge share of GM recently when they deserved nothing. Again, Democrats vie for more votes by using our taxpayer money. That’s a huge blatant violation of human rights in my opinion. An unfair use and manipulation of tax moneys that we all contributed to, Democrats, Republicans, conservatives, and liberterians alike. Why are Democrats so illegally and blatantly dishonest?

My biggest proposal for America right now is Congressional term limits. It would be eight years, like the presidential term limit. Two four-year terms for senators instead of the unlimited number of six-year terms we currently have. And four two-year terms for Representatives. That would rid us of the Barney Franks, Charles Schumers, Chris Dodds, and others who masquerade as good people only looking out for our welfare.

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Salt Lake City – Senate Republicans led by Utah Sen. Bob Bennett called Monday for building 100 new nuclear plants in the United States over the next 20 years.
They say that would help reduce global warming just as much as the “cap and trade” proposals by Democrats to cut greenhouse-gas-causing, carbon-based energy such as coal or oil but would still provide cheap power needed to keep the U.S. economy vibrant.
“One of the driving forces behind America’s economic growth for the last 100 years has been our access to what we call cheap energy,” Bennett said as he chaired a Senate Republican Conference hearing on nuclear energy that featured nuclear scientists, economists and witnesses from business groups.
“If we’re going to survive in the kind of economy we want, we have to have continued access to cheap energy,” he said. Bennett then asked the GOP-invited experts where such cheap energy could come from while also fighting global warming, and they each pointed to nuclear energy.
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There was also a story out of Utah stating that a company called Energy Solutions of Tooele, Utah (a few miles from Salt Lake City) had won a lawsuit against the government allowing it to accept nuclear waste from Italy and store it on some ground nearby the size of 450 acres. Utahns are opposed to using the Beehive State as a nuke dumping grounds, regardless of whether this from Italy is hot or not.

I wrote my response to the Deseret News story as follows:
Utah is a lovely place to live and shouldn’t be contaminated by nuclear waste from Italy. Waste Solutions may have won this suit, but it has a long way to go in public relations to educate the populace of the Bee Hive State that storing this stuff on a 450 acre site near Tooele, Utah is safe. Recall that Tooele is only twenty miles from Salt Lake County, Utah’s most populous area. If the waste material wasn’t dangerous, then why did the Italians pay Waste Solutions to store it ten thousand miles away from their wonderful country?  Read the Bennett story. It sheds further light on how the French reduce their waste material down so far that it can be stored in a “green” building near the plant without any repercusions from anyone.
Don White

>Let’s Get Congressional Term Limits And Stop Letting Congress Hoodwink & Bankrupt America

>In my quest for Congressional term limits, I came across a web site that administers IQ tests. They have proven conclusively that members of Congress are the dumbest people on the planet. Even a 13-year-old, who had an IQ of 138, was smarter than all the Democrat and Republican lawmakers.

If some rich guy would fund me, I’d take a year off to travel the country setting up an organization which would get signatures in each state — enough to pass a referendum for Congressional term limits — two six-year terms for Senate and three two-year terms for Representatives.

We could then turn over our Congress rapidly and weed out the dumbest lawmakers, which is what we need to do right now, what with the atrocious amount of needless spending lawmakers have authorized to bail everyone out.

“NO MORE BAILOUTS” “LET FREEDOM RING” “FREE ENTERPRISE”

But then I thought, while we’re limiting Congressional terms, maybe we also should require honesty and IQ tests for all people who want to run for national office. It’s one thing to call them dumb and liars, which they are, but it’s another thing to prove it.

You can require that they take lie detector tests for honesty, realizing some dishonest people can beat the test. That’s the breaks. But a test of this nature is needed to keep liers out of office. If President Obama had been administered a test of this kind, he would have flunked. Then here’s what you do when candidates make promises on the campaign trail: We keep track. If any successful candidate then goes back on his promises he must give up his office immediately, and the Supreme Court is not the arbiter, that job goes to a panel of 6th graders — just to keep politics out of it. It’s pretty easy for a child to tell if someone has lied.

The IQ test idea is addressed by two web sites I mentioned above, Forum.flyordie.com. or http://thefastIQtest.info/
Here is a little of of the fast IQ Test’s stuff:

Take a Free IQ Test.

This is a Free IQ Test where you can find out how smart you are compared to your friends and family.
There is no cost to take this test, it is totally free.

Some Famous people’s IQs:

Albert Eeinstein
IQ Score 160

Bill Clinton
IQ Score 137

Bill Gates
IQ Score 160

George W. Bush
IQ Score 125

Stephen Hawking
IQ Score 160

You will however be required to register for the site with your name, email, and address to get your IQ Score.

If you feel strongly about term limits, candidate lying and over promising, and the stupidity of lawmakers (the need for IQ tests), then let us know your side of it by clicking the COMMENT BUTTON below. Thanks, and keep reading. Don White

>Americans Fed Up With Dumb Lawmakers Vote For Term Limits, Empty Congress

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Geithner Vows to Recoup AIG Bonuses as Lawmakers Express Fury

It’s Not With AIG That Americans Are Fed Up — We’re Fed Up With Congress! Why Don’t Lawmakers Get It?

Americans arise! Let’s Get a Term Limits petition going and throw out the entire Congress!

THE STORY: March 18 — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told congressional leaders the U.S. will recoup executive bonuses paid by American International Group Inc. as outraged lawmakers raced to take back such payments from all companies getting federal bailouts.
Geithner, who has come under fire from Congress over the AIG payments, said in a letter to lawmakers last night the government will recover the money by requiring it be repaid from company operations and deducting the amount from the next $30 billion in aid being provided to the insurer.

DON WHITE: In selectively reducing the AIG bailout by the amounts of the bonuses, the question arises: If the complete $170 billion was needed — as said by AIG and as approved by Congress (if you can believe Congress did their oversight job and due diligence) — then why would you want to slow the come-back of the economy by the amount of the bonuses? It makes no sense. We have heard reports that those who got the bonuses have already left AIG, so in essence the bonuses do no good for the future. We know all the brohaha over bonuses will make it harder for AIG to hire top people because any new guys won’t get the lavish bonuses, but AIG’s competition, CityBank and others, still give those kinds of bonuses. The best people, naturally, will gravitate to the most money, which isn’t AIG, now 80% owned by Uncle Sam.

THE STORY: The senior members of the Senate Finance Committee from both parties proposed taxes totaling 70 percent on bonuses at AIG and other companies getting federal money during the U.S. financial meltdown. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi directed committees there to draft several alternatives and said her chamber may consider a bill as early as this week. Other lawmakers introduced their own plans.

DON WHITE: All of this 70% tax effort is self-defeating. Who’s going to want to work for AIG in the future? Lawmakers who have this mentality are sealing the doom for AIG, the company we, the people, own. Shouldn’t we be making it easier for AIG to get the top people to compete with Bank of America and other financial firms which still give big bonuses and whose bonuses are not subject to this kind of balony pile-on tax treatment? Second, these lawmakers who actually think once in a while are stupid. They are dreaming up ways to help AIG fail, which is wrongheaded. Better that lawmakers don’t think at all than to dream up fantasies for the private enterprise system, about which they know absolutely nothing.

THE STORY: “Millions lost their jobs; it’s an outrage that the people who somewhat caused this problem are now paying themselves bonuses,” Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, said yesterday in Washington. He and ranking Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa also proposed limiting some forms of deferred compensation to $1 million at companies getting bailout funds.

DON WHITE: Better still, why don’t we, the people, limit our lawmakers? Wlhy don’t we shout to them: NO MORE BAILOUTS PERIOD! Americans are angry and upset with AIG, but they should be more upset with Congress. We should pass term limits — get a petition going and bypass Congress — and get rid of all members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike. They are all incompetent frauds and don’t deserve to be in Washington. The above about Max Baucus and Chuck Grassley is off center. We shouldn’t be writing bills that limit bonuses at all. More importantly, such talk seems to be setting the stage for further bailouts.

STOP THAT NOTION NOW! DOESN’T CONGRESS GET IT? AMERICA ISN’T FED UP WITH AIG IT’S FED UP WITH CONGRESS. This angst against AIG is all a smoke screen. Baucus and Grassley — and all Democrats and Republicans — are all wrong. BAILOUTS BE GONE is my mantra. NO MORE BAILOUTS, PERIOD! LET’S HAVE TERM LIMITS FOR CONGRESS! LET’S STOP THE STUPIDITY THAT STARTS WITH THE CURRENT CROP OF DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS.

>Will The Real Lion of The Senate Roar?

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Agape With Wrath

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Apparently John McCain was operating under a 120-day cooling-off period.
In the four months since the presidential race, the former Republican nominee has been, for the most part, a graceful loser, returning to the Senate to lead the loyal opposition with dignity. But yesterday, he exploded.
“I hope the American people will rise up — rise up!” he exhorted on the Senate floor, chopping the lectern with his hand.
He growled. He roared. He flushed. He sputtered. He glared at colleagues. He hurled angry words, words such as “slap in the face” and “outrageous insult” and “disgraceful” and “theft” and “corruption.”
“If it sounds like I’m angry,” the senator from Arizona explained, “it’s because I am.”
This disclosure hardly seemed necessary. For while McCain’s topic was familiar — he was protesting the inclusion of earmarks in a spending bill — the source of his ire was less notable than its intensity. His pair of speeches on the Senate floor, delivered within minutes of each other, resembled a public experiment in primal-scream therapy.
McCain went after President Obama. “I just went through a campaign, Mr. President, where both candidates promised change in Washington, promised change from the wasteful, disgraceful, corrupting practice of earmark, pork-barrel spending,” he said. Pounding the papers on his desk, he went on: “So what are we doing here? Not only business as usual; but an outrageous insult to the American people.”
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Many of us were wondering when the real John McCain would stand up. He has been quiet too long. These earmarks are a real menace to America’s integrity. Why do we need them?

Some argue it’s a way small states get perks such as light rail from LA to Vegas ($6B) — this one merely to sooth Harry Reid’s feelings and to get him re-elected.

What would be wrong with no perks? Most of them are the purview of the states, anyway. I’m a states’ rights man. When Washington starts doing things that states should do, we have a great slippage of power going east. It’s not right. Our founding father’s warned against large federal government. But that’s what the libs in congress want. Let’s fight them tooth and nail on this because we’re right and they’re dead wrong. Balance of powers is necessary to sustain our freedoms.

I say we don’t need ear marks. It isn’t right for people in Alabama and Florida, which don’t have light rail, to fund another state’s ambitions anymore than Nevada should fund Florida’s suggested “Bridge to Nowhere.” Maybe Reid should go to Utah and ask about light rail. Salt Lake County people don’t use their light rail, not much. They’re now wondering why they had to install it — partly at the expense of all of us, we who donated to the Winter Olympics of 2002, partly and greatly at the ongoing expense of Utah taxpayers. Some federal funds may have also been spent.

Ask people in Minneapolis if their light rail is fully utilized. I’ve been there and watched almost empty rail cars go by as I drove to the Airport in a taxi. That was before it went to St. Paul and the Airport. I might have tried it had it been available then. It’s just another “wanna have” expenses or dream child of some politician. It’s not used as they thought originally. Highways are still flooded with cars.

California gamblers will still want to take their own cars from LA to Vegas, if for no other reason than when they want to drive around and do something they’ll have leave and return-when-they-want transportation. I do not believe Las Vegans will support this system once this boondogle goes in. What do you think?

More importantly, what do you think should be done about earmarks? I believe they should be banned, and that was the promise both McCain and Obama made on the campaign trail. Did Obama lie to get elected? Do birds fly?. I also believe in Congretional term limits: two terms or 12 years for senators and 12 years or 6 terms for Representatives. What say YOU?