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Old 05-04-2013, 10:07 PM   #1
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Default Should member of Congressional committees be required to meet certain criteria?

So we all know about Todd "the rape guy...no, not that one, the other one...no, not that one...HERE, JUST LET ME SHOW YOU!" Akin seved on the Committee for Science, Space and Technology.

As some of you may know, Paul Broun (R - Georgia) currently serves on this committee, despite professing that he believes “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell.”

I'm sure there are Democrats who may not be qualified for their particular committee positions, as well...but that is not the point.

The point is simply this:

Should we as a nation require positions on committees to be filled by people who meet certain requirements? Why or why not? If so, what sort of requirements should there be? For example, should the Science, Space and Technology committee only be filled by people who believe the earth is more than 9000 years old? Should members of the Armed Services Committee be required to have served in the Armed Forces?

I'm most curious to hear the reasoning from anyone who believes that we should not have requirements...these are people that are a driving force in the creation of policy..IMO if policy is being determined from the wrong initial conclusions, bad policy is bound to come from that ignorance.

So what does everyone say...should we or should we not require members of congressional committees to meet certain obligations before being assigned? What should the requirements for those committees be? And of course, results will be public.

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Old 05-05-2013, 06:43 AM   #2
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What politicians choose to believe in front of one audience could be the opposite of what they believe the next day. If they can alter their beliefs to get elected, then they can do whatever it takes to get on committees. Bad policy doesn't come from ignorance anyway. It comes from greed and corruption.
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What politicians choose to believe in front of one audience could be the opposite of what they believe the next day. If they can alter their beliefs to get elected, then they can do whatever it takes to get on committees. Bad policy doesn't come from ignorance anyway. It comes from greed and corruption.
Bad policy doesn't come from ignorance? Since when?
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Bad policy doesn't come from ignorance? Since when?
Don't be gullible. They claim ignorance if they admit it's bad policy. They never admit to any corruption though.
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Don't be gullible. They claim ignorance if they admit it's bad policy. They never admit to any corruption though.
It's gullible to understand that ignorance can lead to bad decisions? What are you smoking?
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It's gullible to understand that ignorance can lead to bad decisions? What are you smoking?
No, it's gullible to believe their failure to address the country's problems is due to their own ignorance. They make decisions based on what's best for their agenda not the country.
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The term certain obligations is far to broad to give an answer. They do meet certain obligations to get elected. What you mean is to not include people who disagree with you.
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The term certain obligations is far to broad to give an answer. They do meet certain obligations to get elected. What you mean is to not include people who disagree with you.
No, I'm talking about legitimate experience in a relevant field. For example, why should we allow someone who believes that the female body can prevent pregnancy from a rape to serve one the science committee? Should we allow someone who believes the earth is 9000 years old on the science committee? If there is a Democrat serving on a committee who has no background in that subject, I want them out too...not out of public office, just out of committee.

Think about it, if you were to create an Orangemane Committee on Tailgate Planning, who would you want on it? Would you want someone who has never been to a football game before?
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We could create a presidential task force on "gun safety" and "common sense reforms," and have it headed by a guy who recommends illegally brandishing and randomly discharging firearms when threatened.
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Hey cut, can I be in your band?

I don't read music.
I don't play any instruments.
I don't sing.
I don't listen to music.
I have no rhythm.
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I have no background in music.
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Hey cut, can I be in your band?

I don't read music.
I don't play any instruments.
I don't sing.
I don't listen to music.
I have no rhythm.
I don't dance.
I have no background in music.
So in other words you are the same as about half the people who call themselves musicians?

But i can agree with you to some point. I just think you would not be happy with the result if you made it an intelligence test to be in govt. The only people qualified to be on the armed services committee would be serving in the military and probably being an officer? For finance committe only people with a degree in finance should sit right? For judiciary only lawyers and former judges, maybe cops? See where I am going with this. You want exclude people from science if they disagree with any science? That would be a slippery slope but one i would find interesting to say the least.
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We could create a presidential task force on "gun safety" and "common sense reforms," and have it headed by a guy who recommends illegally brandishing and randomly discharging firearms when threatened.
...and while we're at it, let's put Mr. Fox in charge of Hen House legislation.
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I've thought a lot about this too, especially at state level politics. I mean, who the **** puts someone who was born and raised in a city on the agriculture committee when they haven't even planed a ****ing seed in their life?
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I think you should have to pass a test just to run for Congress or President. Just like a wonderlic test of some sort. If you thnk only stupid repubs make it in you haven't spent time listening to house democrats.
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So Houghtam do you think the liberals on committees who passed healthcare law have enough experience in health care to sit on those panels?
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So Houghtam do you think the liberals on committees who passed healthcare law have enough experience in health care to sit on those panels?
No! And that's my point!

I am seriously not being partisan about this. I don't think you should have to pass a wonderlic or whatever to hold office, regardless of party. People should be able to elec whomever they want to public office. But to serve on a committee should be a merit-and-experience-based process. At the moment committee seats are used as rewards for loyalty and electoral success.

Like Req said, if you haven't planted a seed in your life, why should you be decided policy for agriculture?
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To be on the energy and natural resources board what qualifications would you desire Houghtam? To not have any feelings that say went against what a geologist would say? Just curious.
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To be on the energy and natural resources board what qualifications would you desire Houghtam? To not have any feelings that say went against what a geologist would say? Just curious.
I honestly don't know enough about energy to even venture a guess. But I would say thinking something as wholly absurd as the earth is 9000 years old would be an automatic disqualifier.
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I honestly don't know enough about energy to even venture a guess. But I would say thinking something as wholly absurd as the earth is 9000 years old would be an automatic disqualifier.
See how you gravitate towards an issue that is partisan though? Under your theory anyone religious should be excluded if they believe god created us and not evolution right? That would be religious persecution in govt.

The best way to do it would be a wonderlic test. You don't run unless you are among the most intelligent among us.
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One criteria should be that they actually read the bills they sign.

Every copy should come with an affidavit stating that the undersigned has read and fully understands the attached bill.

That should slow down the pork.
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One criteria should be that they actually read the bills they sign.

Every copy should come with an affidavit stating that the undersigned has read and fully understands the attached bill.

That should slow down the pork.
Yeah, that would be a start. Passing it off to staffers, who in legislative years are usually juniors or seniors in college getting internship credit who don't understand half that **** is a really poor idea.
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I honestly don't know enough about energy to even venture a guess. But I would say thinking something as wholly absurd as the earth is 9000 years old would be an automatic disqualifier.
So what you are saying is that anyone who believes in the Bible should automatically be disqualified from serving in public office. I see where you are going with this but I think former president Carter would disagree.
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So what you are saying is that anyone who believes in the Bible should automatically be disqualified from serving in public office. I see where you are going with this but I think former president Carter would disagree.
Do you know the difference between serving in public office and holding a seat on a congressional committee? What is the difference?

Serious question. I'm not convinced you do.

But to reiterate, yes, I believe that if you have a literal interpretation of the Bible, you are not qualified to serve on the committee for science, space and technology.

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Do you know the difference between serving in public office and holding a seat on a congressional committee? What is the difference?

Serious question. I'm not convinced you do.

But to reiterate, yes, I believe that if you have a literal interpretation of the Bible, you are not qualified to serve on the committee for science, space and technology.
In the Senate its Commerce, Science, Transportation. Are you saying we would have to change the committees or can religious people also not serve for transportation because they believe somehow, even though science says the earth is older, they believe in the bible?

The other is energy and natural resources. So if you think the oil youngers then others you are an idiot as to how it should be pumped or used? So you can't be on that one either.

See where I am going this is just an attack on religion not how smart someone is.
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But to reiterate, yes, I believe that if you have a literal interpretation of the Bible, you are not qualified to serve on the committee for science, space and technology.
Now we are getting somewhere, you need to rename this thread.

"If you have a literal interpretation of the Bible, you are not qualified to serve on a congressional committee".


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