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Monday, November 3, 2014

Cancel Mid-Term Elections?

With the latest mid-term election day hard upon us, it is meet to consider the harm done by this institution. Much of the two years are spent in preparing for and carrying out electioneering. The costs in terms of time and treasure are measurable and considerable. A percentage of those costs are borne by governments carrying out the elections.
Does it result in good governance?
The state of government in this country cries out for new ideas. For a start, how about putting all national offices on the same schedule for terms of let's say four years. We would then be able to elect a whole new government from president on down on a regular basis.
It might be a small step, but, in conjunction with term limits, eight or twelve years at the most, we would at least force the political class to find new ways to avoid providing good governance (defined as doing the greatest good for the greatest number)
Along with limiting campaigns to three weeks before each primary or election, we would at least save millions in costs to run elections.
-Skepticus

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