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  •  I don't disagree with your premise. (0+ / 0-)

    I disagree on how to go about it. As I mentioned in a reply, before we start lowering the minimum ages, we really need to discuss a maximum age limit to serve in elected or appointed office. We also need massive campaign finance and lobbying reform to clean out some of the old geezers in both parties. I've never been much on term limits, but I am starting to rethink my position on that given how broken this system has become.

    Whether a person is 18 or 45, they will face the same pressures and temptations and nothing will be solved. The problem in my view is not age; the problem is that we have a corrupt system that spares no age group it's temptations. While I think some young people could handle the job, I don't think many could. The organizational challenges alone would be pretty daunting for most middle-aged people, let alone someone just out of high school. Not to mention a young person having to take on far more skilled and cunning legislators and lobbyists.

    I think this is a great debate, but I believe allowing 18-24 years to serve in Congress would essentially be throwing them into a den of lions without the benefit of experience and education (which can come in many forms).

    Guns are never the principle in the commission of a crime, but they are usually an accomplice

    by MadGeorgiaDem on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 09:28:09 AM PDT

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