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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.
    I'm much tougher. Not only do I want to severely limit how many consecutive terms anyone can have in office, I want to limit how many terms they can serve in *ANY* political office, period. It'll stop people from moving from one office to the next to the next as they hit their term limit ceiling. Career politicians need to be stopped. Make these people work in the private sector. It's clear most of them are so totally out of touch because they never have to do it.

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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    I voted no. For a couple reasons. First, politicians only have to try to do what the people want them to do so long as they have elections ahead of them. If they have term limits, that means more of the time your representative would be in a position where they didn't give a rat's ass what you think.

    Second, being effective as an elected representative is hard. Doing it well requires assembling a large number of very smart people who you trust completely to cover all the policy areas, getting a clear understanding of how to get things moved through the system, working out the right way to approach issues, developing a very broad understanding of policy youself, etc. Generally speaking, representatives that have been there a long time are a lot more effective than newbies.

    That said, I do think that the massive advantage that incumbency gives you in an election is a big problem. Term limits would help a lot with that. But there are other ways to help with that. Campaign funding for political challengers in primaries for example might be a better way to tackle that. No sure.

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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
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    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)
    No, I won't. I'm not fond of rules that take our job away from us. We can limit anyone by simply voting them out of office. If we're not willing to turn out, to pay attention, no rule is going to save us. We need fewer gimicks, and more old fashion paying attention and doing our job.



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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    Oh HELL yes!

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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    Absolutely not. I should be able to vote for who I choose, regardless of how long he has served in office. Telling me I can't vote for an effective legislator because he has been around for 6 whole years is a terrible idea.

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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    Why does anyone want to take away my right to vote for the Congressional representative of my choice?
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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Why does anyone want to take away my right to vote for the Congressional representative of my choice?
    You can vote for anyone you want who would still be eligible to run.... no one's taking away your choice.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    You can vote for anyone you want who would still be eligible to run.... no one's taking away your choice.
    Except that you would be taking away from who could run, thus limiting choices.
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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    This topic is ludicrous. The government doesn't give you the power to vote for term limits...and they won't ask you to put it to a vote. You already have the power if you are a registered voters. But that's the problem isn't it. Partisans want and expect their parties to tell them what to do or what they can do. That's sheeple thinking.

    In the old America people had ball and they told the government what to do.

    Do you want term limits? Vote the bastards out! I never vote for the incumbent after two terms. Screw 'em.










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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Except that you would be taking away from who could run, thus limiting choices.
    Age, health, and the will to serve also takes away who could or would run.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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