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Recall Election Is A Bad Idea

April 26, 2013

Creating recall elections for state legislators in New York state is a horrible ide....

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Apr-28-13 8:00 PM

cont'd: we would be fired, with no chance of being re-hired. If we don't send a clear message to our elected officials that we will not tolerate this type of behavior and we get rid of them, perhaps we'd get better quality candidates to run. If you don't like the recall system, come up with another idea. But, right now, it's either recall or impeachment. Asking the people, whom these corrupt politicians work for, to endure their felonious activities is wrong. We need to FIRE them.

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Apr-28-13 7:54 PM

Politicians don't campaign on being corrupt, saying that they will break the laws, lie, cheat, steal, etc. Instead, they say the opposite. They will clean up the corruption, listen to their constituents and be a stellar example of a virtuous public leaders. Inevitably, we are let down. I believe that our political representatives and public servants should be held to a higher standard. After all, what good are our elected law makers if they can't abide by very laws they enact and those that preceded their service.

All of that being said. What do "We the People" do when they become extra-Constitutional or Un-Constitutional or commit a crime, or act in a manner that is a gross violation of their oath of office? Do we really have to let them finish out their term? Possibly to run again or at a later time(and be elected by the same, stupid electorate, that apparently doesn't know any better). Gio, if you or I committed a crime or acted in such an egregious manner

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Apr-27-13 7:28 PM

I would like to see one person, one vote. Special interest groups have corrupted our system with money. Elections should not be bought. A set amount should be given to each candidate so a person could be elected based on their ideas, solutions, etc. no more out side help running ads or injecting money. The elections are for individual Americans and only individual Americans, One person, One vote.

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Apr-27-13 12:37 PM

please refresh our memory on your "money trail."

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Apr-27-13 7:34 AM

mac--a great and valiant effort--but no "beef".....once again when pressed for substance, the right merely presents additional lipservice. Recall elections don't work--follow the $$$$$$$$.

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Apr-26-13 11:25 PM

madman, to answer your 7:44am post. I am quite aware that neither political party is ethically pure. However, if you take a good, long, hard look at those who've been found guilty, you will find that Republican voters have a far better record when it comes to not re-electing the corrupt pols. That was my point.

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Apr-26-13 10:21 PM

Monkeyboy, you may have a point, except the politician doesn't run on ruining things, he or she lies and tells you what you want to hear. Then you vote for them and find out they are corrupt. When that happens, how do you get rid of them?

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Apr-26-13 10:19 PM

Gio, key words: law, Constitution, rights, freedom, liberty. Look it up. You need to educate yourself.

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Apr-26-13 4:39 PM

here we go again "destroying individual rights?" How? When? Where? Which?

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Apr-26-13 1:44 PM

You're right Plzwakekup, term limits. And, while serving, they need to maintain jobs in the communities where they live and only travel to Washington or Albany three times a year to enact legislation.

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Apr-26-13 11:28 AM

I have to agree with the editor. Look at the waste of time we already have with elections.

Our politicians are running for re-election the moment that they win. 2 year terms are a waste of time.

I have stated it before, 2, 5 year terms for congress and state assembly & 2, 6 year terms for Senate.

In this case, it would be much easier to have a recall.

Enough with Career polticians!

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Apr-26-13 9:09 AM

Someone didn't even think before they wrote this.

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Apr-26-13 8:49 AM

Recall elections make a great deal of sense if you trust the voters and want additional checks and balances on politicians. If you do not trust the voters and believe that unions or other special interests will control recall elections, then recall elections would be a horrible idea. Of course, those same unions and special interests will try and control the general election also, leading those who do not trust the voters to the inescapable conclusion that general elections are also a horrible idea. Recall elections would enable the voters to remove politicians, such as Malcolm Smith, who are involved in bribery but refuse to resign.

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Apr-26-13 7:59 AM

I agree, get rid of corrupt politcians on BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE! If we did what some of these politicians do, we'd get fired with no hope of being rehired. So, why, after they break the law are they even still eligible to run for office?

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Apr-26-13 7:57 AM

I hope fedup hasn't opened this up to a head count.......

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Apr-26-13 7:56 AM

I disagree with the editor. What recourse do "We the People" have when our elected officials act outside the law? The electorate puts into office individuals they believe that will follow the laws and procedures of that particular office. The elected politician swears an OATH to uphold the Constitution and the respective laws. When these politicians go outside the law, become imperial, such as our governor and our President, acting in an extra-Constitutional manner, destroying individuals rights and freedoms, a recall election, or an impeachment, is in order.

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Apr-26-13 7:44 AM

Come on Fedup, you know darn well there have been just as many corrupt Republican politicans as Dems. To an extent, they are all corrupt. We just need to determine as tax payers how much corruption we can tolerate. Very sad state of affairs to even make a statement like that.

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Apr-26-13 7:05 AM

Recall elections will be used as another tool by big money, namely public unions. Any politician who wouldn't do their bidding would be subject to an expensive recall election which would amount to nothing more than harassment. As for corrupt or immoral politicians being thrown out of office, it won't happen when it comes to Democrats. Look at Charlie Rangel, Silver and now you've got Anthony Weiner in the limelight for NYC mayor. Democrats that I've talked to say it shows that Dems have greater compassion and forgiveness than Republicans. I think it shows that they tolerate lower ethical standards which leads to more corruption. A crooked politician can be forgiven but should never be reelected. And until we the voters insist on this, we'll never get a better government.

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Apr-26-13 5:22 AM

" Recall elections will have little to no effect in curbing corruption among state legislators."

Your conclusion is in error. A recall election would put a spotlight on corruption and the issues would not be swept under the rug as they always are during the general elections.

Recall elections would be a good idea especially in NY State.

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