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    Re: Should US Presidents only serve one term?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcogito View Post
    I realize any actual change would require a change to the Constitution. But for the sake of discussion, and regardless of what you think about the current President, do you think there should be a change to the duration and number of terms a President should be able to serve?

    While I do think 4 years is a little on the short side, I don’t think a President should be wasting any of his or her time running for reelection. I think a decent rule would be that the POTUS should serve a single 6-year term and no more.

    What say you?
    Hmm - good question.

    I think: regardless of how many terms he serves - we're going to have a lame-duck period and a period of high activity. . . I'm more concerned with Congress - more so that what they manage to do (if it's possitive) doesn't keep it's forward momentum and dies off quickly . . . it seems like 2 years sometimes is too long or too short. *sigh*

    It would be nice if we could do a recall vote - say: give the president a 6 year term and if at year 4 we do a recall vote and we don't like him he can head out early. Having a say over being able to out them early (president and congress) might peak interest more in elections. Unlike right now where if you don't like him: no big deal - he'll be gone i just a few years anyway.

    But is it worth it just to get more people to vote? No

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    Re: Should US Presidents only serve one term?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    Haven't the "voters" proven numerous times that they can't be trusted to do what's right?

    I live in Delaware. Biden was re-elected so much it took a VP position to finally get him out of office.

    Names like Kennedy, Thurmond, and Byrd should be enough to warrant term limits.

    No good can come from having people running this country for multiple decades.

    Corruption and abuse of power are too much for people to rise above when it becomes a lifetime career.

    I fully support term limits.
    A good argument,IMO.

    What we do need is for the people to take much more of an interest in politics.
    We need campaign and campaign finance reform...in a big way.
    What we have now is horrible.
    House members should have a 4 year term, NOT 2 - its absurd , as it is now..!

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    Re: Should US Presidents only serve one term?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    One senator should not be able to have more power than another senator nor should a congressman be allowed to have more power than another congressman.
    That is an excellent point.

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    Re: Should US Presidents only serve one term?

    i think two four year terms is about right. eight years is about all i can stand from one president whether i like him / her or not, and there's an option of kicking them out at the halfway point.

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    Re: Should US Presidents only serve one term?

    Having a mid-term re-election for the President is one of the ways that we separate the great Presidents from the good Presidents. Unfortunately George W. Bush gets to be in the historically great President's group.

    That gives me heartburn.

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    Re: Should US Presidents only serve one term?

    This is the only instance of term limits that I support. The Presidency has grown in power so much since WWII, that we call him "The Leader of the Free World." IMO, that's too much power to hold for too long of a period of time. Especially without the input of the rest of the "Free World" that he is apparently the leader of.

    I've considered if a 6 year term is OK, but I think it's best to have a referendum on his performance once in a while.


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    Re: Should US Presidents only serve one term?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcogito View Post
    I realize any actual change would require a change to the Constitution. But for the sake of discussion, and regardless of what you think about the current President, do you think there should be a change to the duration and number of terms a President should be able to serve?

    While I do think 4 years is a little on the short side, I don’t think a President should be wasting any of his or her time running for reelection. I think a decent rule would be that the POTUS should serve a single 6-year term and no more.

    What say you?
    I agree with your idea and it should also apply to the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives. I used to believe there should be "NO" term limits and that American people should have the freedom to keep a good representative in office as long as they wanted.

    Unfortunately, I had to go back to the drawing board when I analyzed the facts on the ground.

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    2010 - In the House of Representatives, 87% of the incumbents who stood for election were re-elected. This is slightly below the historical trend over the last several decades, and lower than the re-election rate in 1994, 2006, and 2008:

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    In the Senate, 84% of the incumbents who stood for re-election were successful. Again, this is fairly consistent with the historical rate over the past forty years or so:

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    Incumbent Re-Election Rates In The 2010 Mid-Terms

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    Voters say they want to "Throw the Bums out," but not their representatives because of all the era-marked pork barrel bribes. Seeing human nature on display proves voters aren't capable of replacing bad representatives.

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    Politicians spend too much time raising money for re-elections to office. They can say they are doing a good job for their constituents but look how much time is wasted on raising money and campaigning for re-elections.

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    Barack Obama has already held more re-election fundraising events than every elected president since Richard Nixon combined, according to figures to be published in a new book.

    Obama is also the only president in the past 35 years to visit every electoral battleground state in his first year of office.

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    There is no doubt about it – politicians need money. The average Congressional campaign cost just over $1 million in 2002. The average Senate campaign cost over $3 million.

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    Do you know how much money $1 billion is? During a 4-year presidential term, Obama needs to raise $684,931.50 every single day.

    Can a man or woman who we elect to "REPRESENT" us and perform in a specific "important" job raise $684,931.50 seven days-a-week, for 1460 straight days - while doing a good job for us?

    I'm with you Sarcogito, it's time for term limits. Keeping a good representative in office isn't worth the absolute nightmare that re-elections cost in dollars and in distraction from the job we elect the representative to do.
    Just the facts...


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    Re: Should US Presidents only serve one term?

    I think people ought to be able to vote for whoever is out there, assuming they meet the qualifications for the office. Term limits are stupid for any office, and I've never understood the logic of telling a President 'I'm sorry, you can't run again because people might elect you'.
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    Two terms works fine but we should put term limits on congressmen and senators.

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    Re: Should US Presidents only serve one term?

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    This is the only instance of term limits that I support. The Presidency has grown in power so much since WWII, that we call him "The Leader of the Free World." IMO, that's too much power to hold for too long of a period of time. Especially without the input of the rest of the "Free World" that he is apparently the leader of.

    I've considered if a 6 year term is OK, but I think it's best to have a referendum on his performance once in a while.
    Ask people in Germany, the UK, Japan, or France if they think that the US President is "the leader of the free world". You will discover that we are only ones that use that figure of speech.

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