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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    We have term limits. They are called periodic elections.
    Exactly. As much as I really wanted to vote for root beer...

    It's a copout. It's the parties saying to the electorate "You're obviously not smart enough to choose." Usually the people in favor of term limits are the party that has something to gain.

    If you dislike your current representation in Congress, get active. At the very least, vote for someone else. Term limits is just the 2 parties keeping you out of the process.


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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    The last election certainly shows that it does. And I would agree that we need some election reform. But imposed term limits from above.... nope. Don't take away my right to vote for who I want to represent me in Congress.
    Election reform would also help some of the problems term limits is seeking to correct. Again, it is up to "We,the People" to demand it in order to see it happen. Congressmen are reluctant to hamstring themselves unless forced to do so.

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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    I would actually go for a far smaller term maximum, but I'd support term limits over all. In theory, it seems a legislator would have more inclination to be honest if they know their days are quite assuredly numbered. And even if they aren't, we avoid the lifelong politician with multiple lobbyist connections, ethics issues from corporate gifting and freebies, and that "screw the people, this is what I'm doing" mentality that seems to come with extended exposure to power.
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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Question:

    A 2012 Presidential candidate (could be (R) or (D)) during the general election campaign and says they will push for and institute Congressional term limits:

    House of Representatives: No more than 6 consecutive terms and not more than 10 total terms per person (20 years total)

    Senate: No more than 2 consecutive terms and not more than 3 total terms per person (18 years total)
    Yes, I would support term limits...although I think the limits you have proposed are far too generous. I'd probably limit it to 3 terms in the House and 1 term in the Senate. Ideally, people would be there long enough to learn how to be effective legislators, but not so long that they were corrupted by the system. And they would be able to follow their own judgment more, and follow the polls/money/party leadership less.
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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    I would like to see a 2 term limit across the board. I would remove the post position benefits such as health care. If you really are here to "serve the people" then you wouldn't mind.

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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    You know: I don't think 2 years is long enough to alter anything or accomplish anything - I think our current process encourages hasty decisions and poorly planned efforts . . . everyone worries about 'hurry hurry' and not at all about 'lets figure out a good solution'

    But maybe extra time won't solve that at all - they'll just have more time to hurry hurry and do nothing.
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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    I would actually go for a far smaller term maximum, but I'd support term limits over all. In theory, it seems a legislator would have more inclination to be honest if they know their days are quite assuredly numbered. And even if they aren't, we avoid the lifelong politician with multiple lobbyist connections, ethics issues from corporate gifting and freebies, and that "screw the people, this is what I'm doing" mentality that seems to come with extended exposure to power.
    Yes !!!! I agree lesser term limits....2 terms max

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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Question:

    A 2012 Presidential candidate (could be (R) or (D)) during the general election campaign and says they will push for and institute Congressional term limits:



    House of Representatives: No more than 6 consecutive terms and not more than 10 total terms per person (20 years total)

    Senate: No more than 2 consecutive terms and not more than 3 total terms per person (18 years total)
    I support term limits. 2 term limits all the way from city council to the president regardless of how short that office is and one term for appointed officials per person. This will make sure no one is in long enough to make a career out of it.

    I also think benefits should be cut off once a person leaves office. They should get no retirement, or any other benefits paid for by tax payers once they leave office.
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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    I Support:

    (1) open primaries - the more potential candidates the better - and without regard to party affiliations.

    (2) Add "None Of The Above" to all election ballots.

    (3) make campaign contributions only legal by individuals - no corporations, PACs, etc.

    I believe term limits would discourage people to vote.

    Thanks

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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    What megaprogman said.

    I would add that the underlying cause is that American people lack the vigor, focus, and critical impartiality to actively challenge the excesses of the two-party system. You can't legislate around problems affecting the country's spirit, because the purpose of any law can always be subverted, circumnavigated, and otherwise manipulated as long as politicians have the cunning and desire to do so. The only way to stop that from happening is for the entire people to say, "No."
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