What do you like---or dislike---about politics?

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What do you like---or dislike---about politics?--Al

-- Al Schroeder (al.schroeder@nashville.com), January 16, 2000


without reading your journal entry yet - - - i will state that i dislike politics intensely.

yunno, it's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it !

a lot depends on the definition of politics.

-- bast ion (bastion@diaryland.com), January 17, 2000.

I like that we get to choose our leaders, or at least to decide who is too big an evil to endure. I like that there's always somebody running against the dumb smug crooks, even if the dumb smug crooks are always winning. I like that Lincoln was President. I like that Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman in the Senate, was also the first to stand up to Joe McCarthy.

I have to tell you that I'm not usually a Kennedy fan, but I was at a fundraiser for Sen. Edward (Teddy) Kennedy, and I liked him. He came across as a really smart man, and he spoke with real respect about McCain, which I thought showed some decency.

I don't like that the dumb smug crooks keep winning, but I hope to see us beat them one day soon.

-- Tom Dean (tdean@haese.com), January 17, 2000.

my feelings are complex and of wide scope which would would require much planning before its implementation. i would like if in politics, anyone who wishes to serve in an elective office would be required to have a four year degree in government, including a heavy amount of history, economics, diplomacy, bureaucratic structure, and a course which i think is non-existent anywhere, logic and common sense.

after university, internship moving from department to department at a high enough level to understand government for two years, presidency for four years, and until retirement a position in bureauocracy high enough for a man or woman whose education and experience would fit them for service high enough on the totem pole to actually shape that unwieldy thing into a thinner, more efficient arm of government. compensation should be extremely high, even some form of university expenses, tuition, board, room. student to be dropped if grades are not above average. compensation to increase as internship proceeds. government paid campaign funds with no source of contributions from any organization ---------period. what is spent on that procedure will be paid out of our taxes. i would rather pay taxes for that than the corrupt, boondoggling, quid pro quo horse swapping and inept thinking we pay taxes for now. and in the long run, i think government expenses would decrease hugely. .........dream on doug.............dreams sometimes do become concrete entities.

-- doug (ionoi@webtv.net), January 30, 2000.

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