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Should Politicians Have to Take a Test?

So by now we are all just sick and tired of the election.  Sick of seeing the same old commercials of how Warren is better than Brown and Romney is better than Obama and this one didn’t do this and that one didn’t do that. 

And I am certainly the last person to say I have given up and I won’t vote because our political system has become too irrational for the everyday person, but this year (or maybe it really is every year) I keep getting this nagging sense that there needs to be some kind of test or requirement or schooling that some of these people need before they start running for office.

Todd Akin who sits on the House Committee for Science, Space and Technology thought that a woman’s body rejected pregnancies caused by “legitimate rape.”  You’ve got to be fucking kidding me.  Sorry, I really had to swear here.  Todd has a B.S. in Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s in Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary.  I’m not sure either of these degrees qualifies him to provide medical statements on rape and pregnancy.

Mitt Romney, my former Governor of Massachusetts, who has helped many of my friends get health insurance continues to bumble.  His latest tape revealing he doesn’t care about 47% of the electorate, as they don’t pay taxes and thus won’t vote for him makes one wonder if people running for President should have a degree in Economics.  Romney has a Bachelor’s in English and a J.D. and MBA from Harvard.  Maybe it’s the English degree that makes him struggle with math. 

We can certainly question the folks who advise these “brilliant” men.  Or question the brilliancy of men who hire people who give them terrible advice.  These same would-be politicians will continue to hire people if elected; people who might continue to provide poor advice as well as incorrect information.  Whatever the case, I’m just looking forward to Thanksgiving when all this will be behind us, for another two years. 

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