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Old 2020-12-06, 04:14   #12
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Term limits has turned some politicians into serial office holders. A common pattern such as the following:
City Council until termed out
Mayor until termed out
County Supervisor until termed out
State Representative until termed out
Stat Senate until termed out
Other statewide elected office until termed out.
I like this alternative to 40-yr senators quite a lot. Truly popular public servants can find a lifetime of service, and every change in office they must run anew, as a non-incumbent.
I see this as a feature of term limits, rather than a bug.

The nature of the power such a public servant accumulates is perhaps a bit different, too- the money interests in a mayor or county supervisor is likely different from the money that greases a Senate seat.
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Old 2020-12-06, 15:28   #13
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I don't know how well this comports with your idea of "serial office holder," but...
Take a look at Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. He has held the U.S. Senate seat for the state since 1985. He won re-election to another six-year term last month. He is 78 years old. If he survives this term, then he would be 84. He may very well end up having to be carried out feet first.
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Old 2020-12-06, 16:34   #14
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Maybe make the age limit tied to the LE in their constituency.
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Old 2020-12-06, 18:38   #15
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If you want an example of a long-term possession of political power, you can't do much better than study the example of Ramesses II.

He seems to have been one of the good guys.
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Old 2020-12-07, 03:21   #16
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Maybe make the age limit tied to the LE in their constituency.
Good idea. If you're running for re-election for a local position (say, mayor of New York), you should be judged based on NYC's LE, not the LE of the entire country.
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Old 2020-12-07, 03:26   #17
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And it gives you an incentive to do what you can to increase the LE of your people.
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Old 2021-01-01, 21:45   #18
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Obviously not; there are wise people in any age category. What should be capped is their income. Or it should at least be tied to the welfare of, say, the bottom 25% of the population.
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Old 2021-02-02, 01:36   #19
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I like the idea of an incumbent penalty - votes for an incumbent are counted at some value less than 100%.

Make it easier to generate some turnover but let the people keep someone in office if they really want them there.
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