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Was it Fair

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Salty, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. Salty

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    Senator Fred Thompson was required to give up his job ( and income ) on "Law & Order" in order to run for President. This is a FCC ruling - actually it says a station must give equal time to opposing candidates.

    Senators Clinton, Obama, and McCain are also running for President, while still drawing their $150,000 + Senate salary.

    Do you think that is fair?

    Should current office holders be required to resign their position, if running for a different office. In addition, States such as Texas allow you to run for Senator and President in the same election.

    Thoughts?

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  2. webdog

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    I think they should.
     
  3. StefanM

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    I think the FCC ruling is unfortunate, given that his appearances were not in any way political.

    No, I don't think politicians should be forced to give up their jobs. If that were the case, few people would run for President. We need to make sure that the American people have a wide variety of candidates.

    I could agree to a situation in which they might remain Senators but collect a smaller salary.
     
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    The one plus I see to Senators keeping their jobs when they're out stumping for Presidential votes is that maybe they'll have less time to work in Congress on more silly government programs. Instead they can just make more promises to people which they won't be able to keep.
     
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    Yes they should.
     
  6. StefanM

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    Also, I'm not really sure that a resignation would even save money.

    The cost of cleaning out the old offices, replacing staff, moving expenses, etc., for the new Senator might wipe out the difference.
     
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    I think it would be undesirable and unfortunate to have the only unemployed people run for public office in this country. We have a hard enough time as it is getting qualified people to run.

    As far as the FCC ruling I think it is the correct one. Candidates shouldn't be allowed to have an advantage with face time on the air over the other candidates. The rule has nothing to do with someone being employed or not, but just to keep it fair. If you allow that you open up that someone like Oprah could run and use her show for an unbelievable advantage. Anyone with an open mike on a talk show would have an unfair advantage. No, the rule is a smart one indeed. What slippery slope that would become, if allowed.
     
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