Posted 3 years ago on Oct. 27, 2011, 7:45 p.m. EST by stevilism
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It's been a while since I have been in a political science class...but I recall studying Germany's political system and they have a VERY cool item in their government. They encourage regular people to run for public office. They do not want their government to be flooded with career politicians so this is what they do. Say that you are a plumber. You can go to a local political office and declare your candidacy for an office that needs to be filled (or an occupied one). You will get a substantial grant to pay for your election costs (minimal fundraising required). You are granted equal air time and print time.And while you are campaigning and not working, you can draw a gov't stipend to help provide for you and your family. All the money given to you goes back into the economy in some form or another, so it's not "wasted"...since you have to pay to fund your campaign. I do not recall all the details...but what is important, is that they encourage regular people to be a part of the government...and to me...we do not have enough regular people...we have lawyers...almost all of them are in public office.
By the way...that candidate may lose the campaign...but at least he/she will get to air the issues that concern them and local area that they live in. It will bring it to local and national attention...and sometimes, that is what it takes to begin to make a difference.