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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Borough Prez for Life? Raise your voice Sun 10/19

Bill Clinton as "Mayor/Boro Prez for Life" in a term unlimited world

Just found out about a forum on term limits happening tomorrow:
Thanks to Gowanus Lounge who wrote this:
"Tomorrow is the day when those who oppose the idea of repealing term limits in general or who specifically don’t want to see Michael Bloomberg become Putin on the Hudson or Marty Markowitz become Borough President for Life can have some time to hoot and holler. The forum takes place tomorrow, Sunday, October 19th, at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church from 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Council Members Tish James, Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum and Rep. Anthony Weiner will co-sponsor the public forum. All have self-interest in not seeing the instant repeal of term limits, but sometimes, not being 1,000 percent selfless does not make one wrong."
My aunt and I were discussing term limits and the fact that they are imperfect, and that in a better system the unwritten requirements to run for office (having loads of cash, and support of political machines for example) wouldn't prevent so many new people from being candidates. But since those unwritten rules are part of our system the simple fix is to force politicians out so they have less opportunity to become the voice of the most moneyed constituents as instead of all constituents.

Hope to see you tomorrow.

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