Should people have to pass exams and be licensed as professionals before they can run for elected office?
Yes, they are so many stupid people in Washington!
if they had this obama would fail
If not we could end up with honey boo boo in office. God help us
Fast & Furious,Benghazi,Solyndra, AAA downgrade,Did nothing on Oil Spill Disaster for 30 days,6.5 tril new debt, unaffordable health care,blames Bush and everyone else for his failures but takes credit if its good, more lavish vacations than any other pres, no spending cuts, what else can we ask for
I have a degree in political science too!
Last time I was here there were not a thread to follow, at least I didn't see it.
Our founders envisioned a citizen's legislature, not the career professional job it has become. You serve your country for a few years and you go back to whatever it is you do. Don't proffesionalize office anymore than it is.
Nice to see you tcat.
At least I'm smarter than the President. I know how many States there are and that Hawaii, Obama's home state is, in fact, not in Asia.
Arne Duncan has a degree in political science. Anyone know what he does? He is Obama's pick for the US Department of Education.
As is the income filter. I would have thought Republicans would be on board with this one.
You're saying there isn't any right now? Lol
Just think, to be elected to a School Board seat, you don't even have to have a high school diploma. You don't even have to finish high school.
The gov't needs to invest when private investment drops, such as after the financial crisis. Unfortunately our fiscal situation was already a mess, but we could and did take on more debt. Yes, at some point the government needs to balance out, but I believe now is not the time for drastic cuts.
We have a LOT of idiots and criminals in office.
If my plumber needs a license to fix my sink, a politician should be made to show proficiency in their job as well.
Taxes reduce capital investments and therefore reduce jobs.
The interest on the debt is money not spent on safety nets.
You should consider joining the TEA party.
Absolutely not. The people get the government they deserve. WE have to become better informed, especially on local and state elections.
Cowboy is who he is.
Just imagine the corruption.
Is Cowboy trying to troll people or is he really that unintelligent?
You thought i was proposing that we actually go back to WMPO being the only ones to vote? I was saying that if we did have the tests,it would take us back to a time in our country when we had a small group of people able to be a part of the government.
@aria25...indeed. But mitt Romney is a joke and we still had to choose the better option, as sad as that is...but let's not pretend we had a better choice
Like saying I've been in 57 States with one to go? Or using Marx's philosophy of "pay your fair share"? Who was that again?
First it would stop dems from running, then it would stop repubs.
I'm getting real tired of the effing spellcheck.
i don't think it would be needed. if this person isn't very bright then he will show it during the election
I'd rather test them on a camp fire.
Veritas. Nothing you said about O is true.
Do we amend for term limits? We have a two term limit and the county still lost (as in can't find) a million bucks. We just get different dopes every few years. I'd like to figure out how to make them responsible for their decisions.
I think that it should not be a prerequisite, but a basic competency and understanding of economics and government AFTER they have been chosen for a position. That would hopefully keep it from obstructing the voting system and allow non-career politicians to be elected.
People who believe in freedom. Restrictions like this are the kind of things tyrants love.
If this were the case the USA wouldnt be a democracy, it would be much more like the oligarchy that Plato imagined.
Voters need an exam
Didn't work for the Koch brothers and Romney.
Sorry, this is so dumbfounding for you. The House, especially, is designed for the common man to represent himself. Testing would prevent this. Based on the current Politicians, I would rather have some of these 80 years olds, with only a six grade education, in Congress.
That would require educated voters. All we have are democrats and republican who vote for who/what democrats and republicans are told to vote for.
They could just pay for a good score anyway. Lol.
Put the teenagers in charge...while they still know everything.
Those in charge are lawyers, doctors and puppets for special interest.
Lets keep it the way it is now where money buys enough advertising to convince a majority vote. Why should we care about someone being competent?
they are elected officials. if we want smart people in office, vote for the smart people. we get what we vote for. we are supposed vet the candidates before we vote. this is part of the responsibility of freedom. but i know that responsibility is actually a four letter word now-a-days...
Only regulated by citizen elected people, not members of the government
Mark Pryor is a idiot. I mean have you ever seen religuous? YES you should have to past a test!!! Someone with that kind of power... Who are running our country should come equipped with intelligence, empathy, and compassion. I'm sure they'd find some way to cheat them too though.
A problem well defined is half solved.
You think the problem is jobs and safety net for the needy.
You don't see any problem with spending $4 trillion and collecting $2.3 trillion.
How do you think overspending, large debt and high interest cost help jobs or safety net?
Not at all...we just need term limits
I'm completely dumbfounded. So we require doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists, etc, etc, etc to prove their competence with a multitude of tests and certifications but anyone who can talk should run our country??
Who the fuck says no to this shit? Lets quit getting retards in there and let the puppet masters run themselves.
Well, us extremes would rather talk about what we think is the real problem, which is lack of jobs and the weakening of our social safety net, not the deficit which we do not see as the immediate problem. Otherwise we are fine with the Tea party cannibalizing the Republican Party.