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    Chuck Grassley may top the congressional age chart at 89, although he at least seems hearty and hale, so far. Neither party has a monopoly on older individuals who should be tested for competency. That might apply to a Supreme Court justice or two also. Trump stands alone as one who has significant mental problems beyond just aging. Good on Romney for stating the issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar View Post
    Good on Romney for stating the issue.
    I hate to lose a reasonable, sane politician in Washington, even though he's right that he (and "other people") should step aside and pave the way for the next generation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar View Post
    Chuck Grassley may top the congressional age chart at 89, although he at least seems hearty and hale, so far. Neither party has a monopoly on older individuals who should be tested for competency. That might apply to a Supreme Court justice or two also. Trump stands alone as one who has significant mental problems beyond just aging. Good on Romney for stating the issue.
    Feinstein, jp’s senator, is 90.

    but that old fart, Grassley needs to go as well.
    I am not a serious person.

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    All I can say is, it must be a sweet job working in the US legislature. I don't see too many others hanging on to their jobs for dear life.
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    I think we should go back to the founders vision of citizen legislators. People who would put their lives on hold for a term or two and then go back home knowing they'd done their patriotic duty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    I think we should go back to the founders vision of citizen legislators. People who would put their lives on hold for a term or two and then go back home knowing they'd done their patriotic duty.
    my friend from Virginia says one of her elders made the observation that when they put air conditioning into congressional chambers, the sessions got longer. More useless legislating was performed. The gentleman – legislators became full-time legislators.

    It’s kind of funny, but kinda true, or an element of truth there anyway.
    I am not a serious person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    I think we should go back to the founders vision of citizen legislators. People who would put their lives on hold for a term or two and then go back home knowing they'd done their patriotic duty.
    You mean people rich enough (or perhaps poor enough) to be able to do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jp1 View Post
    You mean people rich enough (or perhaps poor enough) to be able to do that?
    Some years ago I investigated running for Congress. At the time (> 25 years ago) the salary of a freshman Congresscritter did not seem adequate to allow maintaining reasonable housing in DC, and the various expenses. Clearly a job tailored for the wealthy.

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    I was in a discussion today about our congressperson Lauren Boebert, who was asked to leave a Denver theater performance recently and had to be escorted out. Story goes that she and her companion were using cell phones during the performance, making disturbing loud noises, and vaping. She denied the vaping accusation. I believe she has a GED as her highest level of education. Previous to being elected she was owner and manager of the Six Shooter Café in Rifle, Colorado. It had some notoriety due to the fact that the waitresses wore sidearms while serving meals. And as far as I know did not have family money.

    One person said the salary of a representative is around 200,000/yr and you essentially get several months off. I'd have to do serious fact checking on that, but it might cut the bean rather thin for some. It's probably an expensive lifestyle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jp1 View Post
    You mean people rich enough (or perhaps poor enough) to be able to do that?
    In my lifetime, state legislators were those citizen-legislators who ran a business (or a farm, where I come from) and stayed in the state capital months out of the year, usually bunking with a fellow legislator or two.

    No, they weren’t rich, but they were well off enough to step away from their business for a while. It was a sacrifice.

    now it seems they are more “ On” all the time, full time.
    I am not a serious person.

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