What Changes Would Make Our Government Better?

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    Our government was intended to have limited authority, leaving the states to make decisions regarding most matters according to the needs of their population. The only way change can happen is for voters to make the decisions by ballot. What ideas do you have that could improve "business as usual?"

    It would never do for me to be President because I would strip government right down to bare bones. Here are some starter ideas:

    Term limits are not a bad idea - years of "familiarity" breeds contempt. New blood flowing in the halls of Congress might work out well.

    Voters (employers) should set Congressional salaries - via special state ballots if necessary. Congress, as employees, should not be allowed to vote themselves raises (wouldn't WE like to set our own salaries!). If they don't perform the way constituents want them to ... no appreciable raises. Conversely, good performance on sound judgment does merit a raise.

    No more pork barrel projects slipped into bills that don't even apply to whatever the project is; also would eliminate some of the wheeling and dealing that goes on to get a supporting vote on a particular bill. These projects should be a separate request from the governor of a state (upon voter approval) that would go to that state's US Senators and brought up on the floor for approval in a separate bill; it should also benefit the people of the state generally. (In other words, John Murtha would not be allowed to build himself an airport that generally benefits no one except himself.)

    I have more thoughts on voters running Congress rather than Congress running the voters. What other ideas do you all have?
     
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    Strict term limits. Members of Congress have served there for so long that they have become political empires in their own right. Good example is Ted Kennedy and there are many others. Two terms is more than enough and nobody should be allowed to serve for more than two terms. I would also delete many of the perks our Congressmen receive. Why should they live the life of leasure and become wealthy just because they served in Congress? I believe it's time to clean house...
     
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    More political parties to choose from..
     
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    Deport all the demons to gitmo!



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    :lol: Dufus!
     
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    Term limits.

    Immediate execution of any politician showing liberal thoughts or tendencies.

    Give IQ tests to ALL voters before registration. This last election fully proved that there are too many stupid people voting in this country.
     
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    Restrictions on lobbiests. They make a ton of money - sometimes on issues that are detrimental to everyone except their clients. Maybe there should be a set-up sort of like a Congressional hearing - a couple of pros and antis should sit before the appropriate committee and be questioned about the issue being lobbied. The committee could then make a report to the full House or Senate for discussion and vote. Also no kinds of gifts and/or favors should be given to Congressmen - it should be totally illegal and punishable. It's a kind of bribery.
     
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    i like the term limits.

    i dont really care how much they make if its not outlandish.

    earmarks would really conjest congress; maybe better how they are.

    businesses pay a lot of tax and are entitled to some representation, even if its through slimy lobbyists. is there another way?

    my list is something like:

    turn nuke power back on.

    illegal alien amnesty for profit.

    fiscal resposibility bill, maybe a bba.
     

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