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  • #21
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    None of these people should be proud. The trillions they spent us in the hole would be embarrassing if they had any conscience. The power they have is intoxicating I guess.
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    As long as his district is satisfied with his brand of representation, go for it.
    Too much emphasis is put on age, sex, race, etc. As long as we're functional does it matter?
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    @drpeeper As somebody who has had the misfortune to work with politicians (from both parties) I can assure you that you are dead on right! Many people feel they're on it for money or idealism, and for many it starts that way, but it very quickly becomes the power, prestige, and ego.
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    Most likely the only thing keeping Ralph M. Hall going is someone younger that can do a better job.
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    Theresis a reason there should be term limits. People serving for 50 years are so far out of touch with their constituents.
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    But....arent THEY the ones who keep voting him in?
    Seems to me that this long of a career would mean that they are happy with the job he's doing.
    Now, if somehow the system were being manipulated in his favor....
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    @WilliamDT For people like this guy to be kept in office this long shows how complacent his constituents really are. I can say the same about our local rep in the PA legislature. He's been in office for over 30 years and the only thing he really does is show up for photo ops at summer community days. He does nothing to curtail property taxes, but these blind robots who go in the booth and push the "R" button keep this old toad (who looks like Grandpa Munster!) in office!

    There are more "low information voters" from both sides than anyone can really fathom.
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    That's up to the voters in his district to decide. Unfortunately, too many voters of BOTH parties leave their brains outside the ballot box.
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    Have met Mr Hall personally many times since I was a kid. He is a very decent guy, as far as politicians are concerned, and coming from me, who is always ranting against politicians in general, that says a lot.

    He is not out of touch with Texans, but perhaps a bit too liberal in some ways.
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    When you hit the 80 mark you should be thinking about other things than government. It's time to retire and be with your family, see the world and just think about self. These older congress persons have given of themselves for years, time to kick back and advise others.
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    @Jeff_Woehrle

    Yep, takes out the lifelong career politician and those who can play like Reid...a long dying tumor in the system and until it's gone nothing gets done.
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    I've never heard of this guy. I'm sure he's a patriotic American that just wants to serve his country. That being said, he's 90, plus he's been in office for decades. It's been time to move on. Too late to enjoy his retirement because unfortunately, he doesn't have many years left on him at age 90. However, let us Americans enjoy his retirement. He's behaving like a Democrat.

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    The Constitution mandates a minimum age of 25 for the House of Representatives and 30 for the Senate, but no maximum age limit. I have no idea what the Founders` reasoning was for those limits.
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    Term limits. 2 for the Senate, 4 for the House. Maximum 8 years of service. The founding fathers never intended for career politicians.
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    Sorry, but ninety (90) is approaching decrepit. You might get by with something more-sedentary, job-wise, but I'd rather a representative of the people be clear and quick of thought (as well as closer to the average ages of said constituents).
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    "Clear and quick of thought" sounds like a good requisite for being an elected official. Make an objective examination including a psych eval that any candidate, regardless of age, should all have to pass to qualify for the ballot . The job doesn't require a genius, but let's try to keep the dolts and sociopaths out.
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    To be fair, there's very little that more sedentary than being a congressman. Just look at how little they've actually DONE this year.
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    Musicians/artists others, from Andres Segovia to Mississippi John Hurt have performed into their 90s. Age or even physical abilities should never be a determinant of someone's value, only their mental faculties and ability to communicate effectively should be considered.
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    Where else could you get the perks government provides and have such little productivity you have to give in return? And people wonder why there is a movement against government.

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    @Neo_NtheMatrix I agree. I think it's weird. I've met a lot of 70-80 yr old people and there's a reason why they retired long before that. I wouldn't be opposed to a cap of 65 or 70 yrs old.
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    You call what they do working? Lol
    They are just as bad (if not worse than) as welfare recipients.
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    @DARSB well..I know. But you know what I'm saying. Besides, what these guys are making decisions on is far different than writing songs and doing TV shows. I know what you mean though. There are folks out there who keep on plugging away. But there are a whoooole lotta old folks out there who shouldn't be driving anymore.
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  • #105
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    It could also cause it to regress more rapidly. Best to have a balance of older and younger blood, and a wide variety of ideals and backgrounds.

    Judge a person by their actions, not their age, color, etc.
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    As long as he is mentally capable, he should be able to serve. Youth is not always assurance that of good performance , if you need further proof look at our younger President if need further proof.
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    Bill Maher described these guys being wheeled onto the floor of the House or Senate for a vote, so senile that someone has to whisper "Who wants pudding?" in their ear so they raise their hands for the vote.
    *Sarcasm Alert*
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    For some people age may be a factor. It depends on the person. Until his death at 92, my dad's mind was as sharp as ever. He read the paper every day and could quote from it several days later. His only mental impairment came when he was developing an infection. He would be confused and I would report it to his nurse.
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