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    Re: Should Term Limits be implemented for Congress?

    Apparently we have a different sense of fairness. I consider allowing an incumbent to have staff dedicated to insuring their re-election (their "public information" staff) and the ability to hand out a wide variety of gifts to donars and supporters to be unfair.

    I am fairly neutral on term limits, I favor limitations on most of those incumbent priveleges and advantages instead.

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    Re: Should Term Limits be implemented for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChezC3 View Post
    This is a double edged sword. Sure, career politicians with their sense of entitlement, their detachment from reality and the struggles their constituents face are 2 glaring examples (2 out of many, too-many) that can be given as to why term limits should be set. However, in a representative democracy don't we have an obligation to ourselves to allow whomever we like the ability to be elected and to represent us for as long as we see fit?

    Would not a decentralization of Federal authority be a more fitting response? This allowing the Pelosi's and the McConnell's, the McCain's and the Hatch's to be limited in their scope and capability to influence policy on a national scale.
    State legislators are no better.

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    Re: Should Term Limits be implemented for Congress?

    One 6 Year term or a possible two 4 year terms...that is it. Nobody should be able to stay in Congress for life.
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    Re: Should Term Limits be implemented for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    Apparently we have a different sense of fairness. I consider allowing an incumbent to have staff dedicated to insuring their re-election (their "public information" staff) and the ability to hand out a wide variety of gifts to donars and supporters to be unfair.
    constituent service is exactly why we elect our politicians; to have them act in our interests
    if the constituent service is weak, the politician will likely lose support of those eligible to vote for him

    I am fairly neutral on term limits, I favor limitations on most of those incumbent priveleges and advantages instead.
    rather than focus on the advantage of incumbency i believe we should instead address campaign financing ... where the donor is other than a registered voter eligible to vote for this politician during the next re-election. this is where we see the rich disproportionately affecting election outcomes. even tho the candidate is not going to appear on their ballot, they expect something in return for those political bribes ... i mean legal campaign contributions
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    Re: Should Term Limits be implemented for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by fredmertzz View Post
    It's not about the argument of whether or not we can or should replace specific politicians. It's about the overwhelming power and corruption that could and does occur behind the curtains without term limits. Is the cost worth the freedom?

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
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    Re: Should Term Limits be implemented for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by fredmertzz View Post
    Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
    That's the thing with a powerful central government. Power attracts the corruptible. Absolute power attracts the absolutely corruptible.

    The more powerful the central government, the more it will attract the corruptible, and the more corrupt it will become. It's a self-perpetuating downward spiral leading ultimately to tyranny.

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    Re: Should Term Limits be implemented for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    State legislators are no better.
    and I'm a proponant of further decentralization down to the county and local levels of government...

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    Re: Should Term Limits be implemented for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    constituent service is exactly why we elect our politicians; to have them act in our interests
    if the constituent service is weak, the politician will likely lose support of those eligible to vote for him
    When I referred to "staff dedicated to insuring their re-election (their "public information" staff)" I was referring to press staff, not constituent services. Although constituent services would be best proved by offices without direct ties to elected officials so it doesn't favor incumbents.

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    Re: Should Term Limits be implemented for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    If you have absolute power, what is there that can corrupt you? You are beyond any influence.
    Your own ego and ambition.

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    Re: Should Term Limits be implemented for Congress?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChezC3 View Post
    and I'm a proponant of further decentralization down to the county and local levels of government...
    That is the level where citizens can practically enforce more accountability, but small government can't always address many issues, especially issues involving large corporations with more resources than any local government.

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