Just a random thought. I feel like we should require government officials to...

Parasitic

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...have at least a bachelor's degree in science or engineering.

This is probably P&N though.

Anyways, discuss.
 

BoomerD

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I'm sure that BS in science or engineering would serve the folks in accounting well...

However, I'd vote for banning anyone with a law degree from holding any public office...:p
 

IronWing

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Why? In what way would an engineering or science degree prepare one for dealing with the myriad of social situations, budget processes, and political dealings faced by government officials? I think a basic understanding of science would help officials recognize bullshit (free lunches, etc.) but science and engineering aren't the function of most officials.
 

Parasitic

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I'm sure that BS in science or engineering would serve the folks in accounting well...

However, I'd vote for banning anyone with a law degree from holding any public office...:p

They can always get a MS in accounting after their bachelors.

Fine, we can allow them to have a BS in math, statistics, computer science or econo-accounting (dual econ and accounting).
 

surfsatwerk

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Won't do any good. The nutballs will still learn all they need to about science from their preachers.
 

BoomerD

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They can always get a MS in accounting after their bachelors.

Fine, we can allow them to have a BS in math, statistics, computer science or econo-accounting (dual econ and accounting).

Do you really think government would run better if it was staffed by a bunch of socially challenged geeks?
 

TridenT

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Why? In what way would an engineering or science degree prepare one for dealing with the myriad of social situations, budget processes, and political dealings faced by government officials? I think a basic understanding of science would help officials recognize bullshit (free lunches, etc.) but science and engineering aren't the function of most officials.

This...

I don't think someone who majored in physics is going to be really smart about social issues... If anything, they'll be squeamish and socially awkward. "Health care!" "Uh... F=ma!!!!"
 
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Parasitic

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If somebody really wants to be a politician, he'll do whatever it takes to make it happen. This includes following the requirements to major in science or engineering in college. So you'll still get those people.
 

Parasitic

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Why? In what way would an engineering or science degree prepare one for dealing with the myriad of social situations, budget processes, and political dealings faced by government officials? I think a basic understanding of science would help officials recognize bullshit (free lunches, etc.) but science and engineering aren't the function of most officials.

They can always get a MS in political science if they really think politics are the way to go.
 
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I'd much rather they had degrees in history, political science, and maybe some of the other social sciences. Better hard sciences than business or other useless crap I suppose, but still rather they had an understanding of how the world has actually gotten to where it is, and what makes people function the way they do.
 

rudeguy

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I gonna vent for a minute...ok?

No, they don't need a degree. They need some REAL WORLD experience. These assholes shouldn't be allowed to be professional politicians, that's not what our founding fathers wanted. These people are supposed to represent us. But they don't represent society in the least.

What we need to is burn the bitch down. By that I mean that we need to get all these power mongers out of there and start over. While we are at it...cancel ALL federal spending until we can get people in there who know how to balance a checkbook, let alone a multi-trillion dollar budget.

Degrees don't mean jack.
 

Jeff7

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This...

I don't think someone who majored in physics is going to be really smart about social issues... If anything, they'll be squeamish and socially awkward. "Health care!" "Uh... F=ma!!!!"
Have you ever listened to what they blather about in Congress?
"Uh...F=ma!!!!" makes just about as much sense.
 

nageov3t

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yeah... I don't really see how a degree in science or engineering would serve my friend well in his job as a lawyer for the state.
 

sandorski

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Here's an Idea: A politician who Votes for something, is required to be the first one in.
- Vote for War, first to land under Fire
- Vote for HealthCare, first to go under the Knife
- Vote for Cost Cuts, first to lose Services
- Vote for X, first to x
 

rudeguy

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Here's an Idea: A politician who Votes for something, is required to be the first one in.
- Vote for War, first to land under Fire
- Vote for HealthCare, first to go under the Knife
- Vote for Cost Cuts, first to lose Services
- Vote for X, first to x

so if they vote for the death penalty....