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Should politicians that are not reelected face a punishment on a sliding scale?

Asked by jrpowell (40454points) August 17th, 2010

I can only think of a few in Congress and above that give a shit about us. Most are wealthy and are bought to push a corporate agenda. You need a lot of money to get elected. They don’t represent us anymore and they simply do what it takes to keep the dollars rolling in to by ads to achieve power.

So maybe they should be punished if they don’t get reelected. It would be a sliding scale, let the people decide. It would certainly hold them accountable to the people they are supposed to represent.

Something like this on the ballet:

Incumbent Ojohn powell

Punishment if they lose.

        OShoot in face.
        OLife in Prison.
        OSeize Bank Account.
        ONot a bad guy. The other person was just better.

The point is you would only run for office if you were sure that you would represent the will of the people in your district.

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AC's avatar

I think not because that would lead to populist policies that would win lots of votes but not necessarily be in the best interests of the population or town/city/country.

Oh hang on a minute . . . . . . .

Maybe an exit fee should be charged if it could be shown you had reneged on your pre- election promises.

As for shooting in the face, er, no.

Cruiser's avatar

Hell no! Let the loser snake away in one piece. Last thing I want to do is give a politician more reasons to lie and steal his/her way to win an election to avoid more than just the shame and humiliation of losing.

CrankMonkey's avatar

In real life, politicians do very well after leaving office. Lobbying firms offer millions of dollars to former members of Congress. In addition, they get a good pension from the taxpayers.

ETpro's avatar

Absolutely not, but they should be prohibited from lobbying. Loosing ought to cost, not reward.

CMaz's avatar

And death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. And if any was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire.

josie's avatar

Why bother. If they lost, it is less likely that anybody will try to buy them in the future. The people who should be punished are the ones that actually get into office.

Kraigmo's avatar

I wouldn’t want to make them more desperate to win elections than they already are. I wish I didn’t hate them, generally. But I do.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

First you would need an electoral process that elects candidates based on their merits and a political system that really served the electorate rather than political doctrine and the demands of corporations and special interest groups controlled by pseudo-religious fanatics and demagogues.

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