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    Would you support term limits for Congress?

    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 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?

    Works for me, but good luck passing it since too many seem to support term limits for other people's politicians, but not their own. If more citizens pushed their Congressmen to establish term limits, we might see a Constitutional Amendment, but we need more support to do it.

    Term limits in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "Homesteading" in Congress, made possible by reelection rates that approached 100% by the end of the 20th century, brought about a popular insurgency known as the "term-limits movement". The elections of 1990-94 saw the adoption of term limits for state legislatures in almost every state where citizens had the power of the initiative. In addition 23 states limited service in their delegation to Congress, with the general formula being three terms [six years] in the U.S. House and two terms [twelve years] in the U.S. Senate.

    As they pertain to Congress, these laws are no longer enforceable, however, as a result of lawsuits filed by term limits foes including ousted Speaker of the House Tom Foley. In 1995 the U.S. Supreme Court overturned congressional term limits.[20]

    Where rotation in the legislative branch has withstood court challenges, term limits continue to garner popular support. As of 2002, U.S. Term Limits found that in the 17 states where state legislators served in rotation, public support for term limits ranged from 60 to 78 percent.[21]
    There are a few groups on the Web seeking to do this,but I do not know how good they are:

    http://www.termlimits.org/

    Citizens for Term Limits > why

    Term Limits Arguments Pro and con

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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)
    If this were coupled with no jobs in any industry in which the congress person was a committee member on for life, then yes.

    Otherwise, what is the point? Bribery will still happen.

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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 support term limits - I think presidential limits and Congressional limits should match (2 of 4) . . . just alternate the years they rotate out.
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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Otherwise, what is the point? Bribery will still happen.
    That's like saying "Why have bank guards? Bank robberies will still happen." It would cut down on the influence of special interests by taking away a Congressional representative's incentive to constantly seek reelection. Take away the overriding concern to be reelected and they will have more time to focus upon doing their duty for their state and the nation.

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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    We have term limits. They are called periodic elections.
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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    Maybe equal term limits for all, but only if the House term is increased to four years and the Senate term is decreased to 4 years.
    The 2 year House term is ridiculous ! And I still say this even with the House being contaminated with all the tea baggers.

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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by Divine Wind View Post
    That's like saying "Why have bank guards? Bank robberies will still happen." It would cut down on the influence of special interests by taking away a Congressional representative's incentive to constantly seek reelection. Take away the overriding concern to be reelected and they will have more time to focus upon doing their duty for their state and the nation.
    Only on their last term, which is better than nothing, I will admit.

    However, fund raising for the next election isn't the only place corruption happens. A good number of congress gets well paid industry lobbying or other jobs that are created for them as a result of favors during the time in office. Look for this practice to increase as these people will see a greater pressure to pack their golden parachutes.

    So, I expect a net gain from term limits to be 0, because it only changes incentives but does not eliminate them.

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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.

    And, hopefully, you know this does not work. Maybe with absolute election reform it could; but we also need to have much, much more public interest...and this is a problem...

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    Re: Would you support term limits for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    And, hopefully, you know this does not work. Maybe with absolute election reform it could; but we also need to have much, much more public interest...and this is a problem...
    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.
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