Hawaii Randy's Real Estate Opinions: The Problem with Politics, is Politicians

The Problem with Politics, is Politicians

 How can you tell a politician is lying to you?  Answer: Their lips are moving. 

As we move towards the election season, I started thinking about the problems our country and our communities are facing.  It comes down to a lack of common sense and honesty.  These two things are missing in government.  They are also extremely rare among politicians.

If I had a magic wand, here is a few of the things I would change:

  1. There would be term limits for all public officials.  Including a total number years you can hold elected office in your lifetime.
  2. There would be no pension or benefits gained from holding an elected office once you leave.
  3. All laws will be written in common English and no legalese.
  4. All laws must fit on an 8-1/2x11 sheet of paper and be easy to read.
  5. To create a new law, you must eliminate an old law (maybe 2).
  6. No tax increases can be passed without them being passed by the public on the ballot.
  7. Elected officials pay, will be recommended by an independent commission and voted on by the tax payers.
  8. If you do not pay taxes, you do not get a tax return refund.
  9. Lawyers will be restricted from holding many of the public offices, possibly all of them.  (I know this one will hit some nerves.)  The screw ball laws we have now are a direct result of lawyers holding a large percentage of the elected positions.  Our elected officials need to be made up of a cross section of the community.
  10. Government workers can't be paid higher than the equivalent job in the private sector.
  11. No elected official with a conflict of interest be allowed to vote on key legislation.
  12. All government agencies that are not tied to public safety or infrastructure like roads will be cut back by 25% immediately.  Government also needs to close 25% of their programs and agencies.  We will start with any duplication.  We only need one department of education for example. It will be either be the state, the county or the federal government, not all three.  Give the money back to the tax payers.  If government is truly convicted the public needs or wants that service, they can continue to offer it as a paid service.  With money in their pocket the public can better afford to pay for that service or they can go to a private sector company.  We will find out fast whether the public really needs or wants that government service.
  13. Lying is grounds for recalling an elected official.  There will also be a recall procedure for all elected officials.
  14. Elected officials can't pass any law that exempts them.  You want to impose a medical plan on us, than you have to give up yours also.  You impose a tax on us, you pay it too.
  15. All budgets must balance.  Refer back to item#6.  They will do it with the money they have, not the money in the tax payer's pockets.
  16. Every tax payer dollar must be accounted for.  If not you go to jail.  That is how it is in the private sector.
  17. If you do not honor your oath to uphold the constitution you are fired.

We need to go back to the days of public service and got rid of career politicians.  Just think what the country would look like.  If people earned a real living in the private sector first, then gave back a few years of service to their community,  things would be much better.

The problems we have could be easily solved with common sense and honesty.  These are two commodities missing in government and politicians.

 

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Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

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Comment balloon 14 commentsRandy Prothero • February 28 2010 06:21PM

Comments

Randy: Very well stated. If only we had term limits that would solve many problems. I may be back to make some additional comments to this "excellent" summarization.

 

Posted by Carl Winters almost 8 years ago

Randi, I like your list.  It is right on.  You have to watch all politicians as soon as the lips part.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) almost 8 years ago

C&C - Term limits would eliminate a lot of the corruption.

William - Pretty sad, but true.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 8 years ago

Falubulous! 

What ever happened to the concept of the citizen/statesman??? 

Let's get rid of the lobbyists too.  If the office holders aren't smart enough to understand the legislation they write or vote on, they can just stay at home. 

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I'd change one thing. 

If you do not pay taxes, you do not get a tax return.

That one I'd change to:

If you do not pay taxes, you do not get a tax REFUND.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Randy,

I so wish we had term limits. And age limits, our Senator from Mi is running again. I know he is old. Someone in his family has been in office for 80 years.

So many ways to clean up our Republic..no one has guts there from either party. So I hope the citizens go and vote for new faces.

 

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 8 years ago

Loks nice, but I don't buy much of it.  First, we have democratic term limits.  Officeholders have to face the scrutiny of their electorate. 

No pension or benefits is an excellent way to assure that officeholding would be, even more than now, the exclusive domain of the wealthy and the privileged.  Moving on, government workers at the bottom of the scale may have incomes that exceed private sector incomes, maybe.  That is certainly not the case in higher positions and most elective positions, again the domain of the wealth and the privileged.

25% cut in expentitures is an interesting number.  What do you suppose would have to go in order to attain that?

Regarding balancing budgets, we have to keep in mind that budgets are at least a year out, and consist almost entirely of money that is estimated to be collected in the future.  In order to work only with existing money, all spending, including interest payments, police and fire protection, military, etc. would have to stop for at least a year.  Is that really practical?  It certainly is not doable.

You wrote that we need to go back to the days of public service and get red of career politicians.  Can you give me an example of how far we would have to look in history to find the days to which you would like to return?

#11 and #17 sound good too, but, you need to define conflict of interest.  Is there a conflict of interest if a representative votes on an environmental issue that will provide clean air and water for him and his family?  How about voting against a cap in trade issue when one of his mutual funds holds coal and oil positions? 

#13 is usually handled through more specific and often faster ways than scheduling a recall election.  Recall creates an opportunity for each side, through media, to present/distort their position.  Most elective positions have procedures for removal from office that work much more effectively than recall.

We all want to see more common sense and honesty in government.  I just question how your peoposals will get us there.

 

Posted by Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about. almost 8 years ago

Lenn - Good catch, that is what I meant.  I made the correction.

Missy - Our Senators are so old, that it is scary.  They have lives so long in Washington, they would probably get lost here.  The problem is in a small state like Hawaii, no one wants to lose that senior status in the Senate.  If one of them dies, they would still get elected.

E.J. - I can see I disagree with you pretty much across the board.  If you don't have it, you shouldn't spend it, period! 

Government service should not be the road to wealth.  I am completely unaware of any Federal or State Government positions being paid less or the same as the private sector.

You apparently think our politicians are doing a good job.  You are in the minority according all the polls I have seen.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 8 years ago

How can you disagree with me? All I did was ask questions.  Of the few comments I made, who makes more, the CEO of Texas (Governor), or the CEO of Exxon?  The CEO of the US, or the CEO of any one of the DOW component companies?  I don't know why I bother.  You will probably either ignore or say you disagree with these questions too.

Posted by Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about. almost 8 years ago

EJ -  I wasn't necessarily referring to politicians on the pay, I was speaking about employees.

The difference between the CEO of Dow and a politician is that Dow actually creates jobs and wealth and government just siphons off.  The Governor, like the CEO knew what the pay was before they accepted the job.  Obviously the Governor makes lot more than just the pay or they wouldn't fight so hard to get the job.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 8 years ago

I love term limits.  I would also like to see a law limiting the amount they can spend period except maybe in time of war or a natural disaster.

Posted by John Walters, Licensed in Louisiana (Frank Rubi Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

John - The best way to limit their spending is limit the number of days they work.  Every time they show up they cost us money.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 8 years ago

John - The best way to limit their spending is limit the number of days they work.  Every time they show up they cost us money.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 8 years ago

The problem is, no matter how pure their intentions when they get into politics, if they are going to survive in the pool of sharks they have to become one. Sad but true - so we need a constant rotation of who is in office, to keep them somewhat honest!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 7 years ago

Barbara-Jo - The older I get, the more I am convinced that all elected officials should have term limits and no retirement plan other than what they earn in the private sector.  Once they in in for awhile they will be corrupted by the system.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 7 years ago

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