View Poll Results: Should U.S. Congress & Senate have term limits?

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  • No. Let them serve as long as both they choose and as long as they can win re-election.

    12 37.50%
  • Yes. 1 term limit per office, lifetime. (2 yrs for Congress, 6 yrs for Senate).

    2 6.25%
  • Yes. 1 consecutive term limit per office (1 term at a time, even if completing an unexpired term)

    2 6.25%
  • Yes. But I believe this is how many terms should be the limit. (Please specify)

    16 50.00%
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    Re: Should Congress have term limits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    no, because history has shown that even when the states had that power at their disposal, there was still corruption in government. ever hear of Tammney hall, the ultimate representation of how corrupt party bosses ran the states like their own personal fiefdoms?
    Term limits certainly provide no defense against corruption, however it limits the amount of time they have to act upon that corruption. In so doing, corrupt politicians may make more mistakes or may be deterred from following a corrupt path and going to jail. All supposition surely, but then again, if a very clever corrupt politician uses the system and is so clever as to not get caught they can only be corrupt at the people's expense for a limited period of time. Right now, as long as the voting geography is gerrymandered for both parties, a clever corrupt politician could bilk the system and the American people for 50 years or even longer.
    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: Should Congress have term limits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Term limits certainly provide no defense against corruption, however it limits the amount of time they have to act upon that corruption. In so doing, corrupt politicians may make more mistakes or may be deterred from following a corrupt path and going to jail. All supposition surely, but then again, if a very clever corrupt politician uses the system and is so clever as to not get caught they can only be corrupt at the people's expense for a limited period of time. Right now, as long as the voting geography is gerrymandered for both parties, a clever corrupt politician could bilk the system and the American people for 50 years or even longer.
    or maybe our politicians should be made to answer the publics questions in a forum not of the politicians choosing : a open forum of debate where citizens get to ask the questions and the politican has to answer under oath.
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    Re: Should Congress have term limits?

    2 terms like the president

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    Re: Should Congress have term limits?

    Quote Originally Posted by ernst barkmann View Post
    do you not believe that if the states had power back in the senate, they would stop all legislation which is created, which usurps their state powers, dedicates/mandates they do things.

    do you not believe if the states had power in the senate, presidents could not violate the law, use EO'S to create laws, without the senate made up of states coming down on that persons head with hearings and maybe impeachment.

    I believe that people will appoint or elect those who share similar beliefs to public office. Obama-care supporting voters will elect Obama-care supporting politicians, Obama-care supporting politicians will appoint Obama-care politicians and so on.So all repealing the 17th amendment will do nothing except for maybe make it a slight hassle for companies with deep pockets to send lobbyists.Heck it would probably make things easier for them considering that is less people they have to bribe and kiss up to.
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    Re: Should Congress have term limits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tothian View Post
    How do you feel about term limits for Senate and Congress?
    i'd prefer that we redraw all districts nationwide in a non-partisan way. basically, we would input population density data from the census into a computer, and it would use only that to draw the districts. districts would be redrawn with each new census, and only then.

    i think this would solve a LOT of problems.

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    Re: Should Congress have term limits?

    Quote Originally Posted by plutonium View Post
    2 terms like the president
    my suggestion: make elections every six years instead of the lopsided system we have now.

    2 six year terms for congressmen

    2 six year terms for senate

    and two six year presidential terms

    that way the time between elections is increased and would make political gridlock impractical
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    Re: Should Congress have term limits?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I believe that people will appoint or elect those who share similar beliefs to public office. Obama-care supporting voters will elect Obama-care supporting politicians, Obama-care supporting politicians will appoint Obama-care politicians and so on.So all repealing the 17th amendment will do nothing except for maybe make it a slight hassle for companies with deep pockets to send lobbyists.Heck it would probably make things easier for them considering that is less people they have to bribe and kiss up to.
    so if the house were to create a bill, ,which would mandate the states institute a federal program, with the states picking up most of the cost for the program, do you think the states controlled senate, is going to pass such a bill....which forces them to do something?

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    Re: Should Congress have term limits?

    Quote Originally Posted by ernst barkmann View Post
    so if the house were to create a bill, ,which would mandate the states institute a federal program, with the states picking up most of the cost for the program, do you think the states controlled senate, is going to pass such a bill....which forces them to do something?
    If they supported it they would regardless of who got stuck with the costs.
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    Re: Should Congress have term limits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    or maybe our politicians should be made to answer the publics questions in a forum not of the politicians choosing : a open forum of debate where citizens get to ask the questions and the politican has to answer under oath.
    That would be beautiful.





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    Reports indicate that everyone knew he was hauling a bunch of guns up there. But, since you brought it up, there's something which should be illegal: guns that breakdown.

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    Re: Should Congress have term limits?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I believe that people will appoint or elect those who share similar beliefs to public office. Obama-care supporting voters will elect Obama-care supporting politicians, Obama-care supporting politicians will appoint Obama-care politicians and so on.So all repealing the 17th amendment will do nothing except for maybe make it a slight hassle for companies with deep pockets to send lobbyists.Heck it would probably make things easier for them considering that is less people they have to bribe and kiss up to.

    I believe the public elects politicians based on whatever lie they're being told that day. Lies like no new taxes, or transparency in government, or the ever popular "I'm a working class guy just like YOU!".
    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    Reports indicate that everyone knew he was hauling a bunch of guns up there. But, since you brought it up, there's something which should be illegal: guns that breakdown.

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