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 jamesrage View Post
    If they supported it they would regardless of who got stuck with the costs.
    so your saying that state governments want to be advised by the house of representatives?

    the senate is one equal par with the house, why should they let the house create things for them they must do and cost them money, they don't have, or not allotted for such things.

    the senate is created to block attempts by the house to control them, so we don't not have a democracy, and the house is there to prevent and aristocracy from taking place in America.

    by having a senate and a house in two different sets of hands, this divides power, and the only way legislation, can get though congress is for both the house and senate to come together, and work in the interest of both, not the interest of one.

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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 don't like limiting the voter's choice by law, however I respect self imposed limits greatly. In addition there must be an avenue to have complete transparency in campaign finance.

    Also, for those who do not like term limits, does anyone else think limiting political contribution amounts to a restriction on the voters choice of candidate?
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    Re: Should Congress have term limits?

    Quote Originally Posted by ernst barkmann View Post
    so your saying that state governments want to be advised by the house of representatives?
    If it is in their interests.

    the senate is one equal par with the house, why should they let the house create things for them they must do and cost them money, they don't have, or not allotted for such things.
    Beholden to other elected officials makes you on equal par with them?
    the senate is created to block attempts by the house to control them, so we don't not have a democracy, and the house is there to prevent and aristocracy from taking place in America.

    by having a senate and a house in two different sets of hands, this divides power, and the only way legislation, can get though congress is for both the house and senate to come together, and work in the interest of both, not the interest of one.
    They were not in two sets of hands before the 17th amendment. How could they be when you are arguing that instead of being answerable to the people they would be answerable to the state legislators?
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    Re: Should Congress have term limits?

    NO.
    This is one of those things that sounds good at first, until you put more thought into it.

    The lack of Term Limits is a very important part of how our Democracy works.
    It creates stability within our Government. Just as to impose term limits would occasionally create instability.

    Just imagine all those crazy Tea Party types joining Congress without the more experienced, steady Republicans to help keep them under control.
    The Right Wing might hold the best current example, but this can apply to either side.
    To create term limits is to expose us to dramatic unstable shifts in direction based on public whim, which is often connected with rising political tides and based on lies or purchased with political spending.

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    Re: Should Congress have term limits?

    I don't believe they should have term limits, but I also don't think they should be allowed to campaign from their job.

    Would your employer allow you to take time off work, and get paid, if you took a few months to campaign for a political office?

    I would like to see an incumbent not be allowed to do any of this. Congress should be in session when it's not in recess. Recess is not a vacation. It is a time that congress is suppose to be seeing their constituents. This leaves, if anything, weekends, but congress is often in session on weekends as well.

    I would like top see an incumbent have to be elected by merit, where people like the job he/she is doing and not campaigning.

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    Re: Should Congress have term limits?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    If it is in their interests.



    Beholden to other elected officials makes you on equal par with them?


    They were not in two sets of hands before the 17th amendment. How could they be when you are arguing that instead of being answerable to the people they would be answerable to the state legislators?

    how is it in their interest?......the house is a collective body of individual interest of the people.

    the senate is not a collective body, and its interest is maintaining its powers........because it has no authority under the Constitution to appropriate money to create things.

    on par means both chambers are equal, one in not over another to tell, dictate, or advise.

    yes there are two sets of hands,...the house of the people, directly elected by them, a democratic vote........the senate directly elected by the state legislatures, a NON democratic vote......power is split.

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    Re: Should Congress have term limits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    No, but there should not be rewards for seniority. Seniority rules require that the voters keep re-electing the incumbent or they lose their power and privilege. The level of services a district receives should be based on how many times they have re-elected their representative.
    Correction to typo: The level of services a district receives should not be based on how many times they have re-elected their representative.

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    Re: Should Congress have term limits?

    Quote Originally Posted by SocialDemocrat View Post
    Where we do need term limits is the Supreme Court. Politicization of the court needs to end so that the court is a genuinely fair interpreter of the constitution, independent of lobbying or popular opinion. This differs from congressional term limits in that the people already have little to no say as to who is appointed to the court. .
    I strongly disagree. Term limits for Supreme Court justices would increase the likelihood that they would make decisions favorable to the president and senate that appoints or approves them rather than the best decision. The life time terms make them relatively immune to lobbying and political pressure.

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    Re: Should Congress have term limits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    I strongly disagree. Term limits for Supreme Court justices would increase the likelihood that they would make decisions favorable to the president and senate that appoints or approves them rather than the best decision. The life time terms make them relatively immune to lobbying and political pressure.
    Well I would support the set limit being extended past the term of one president or congressional session, (16 years) and one justice's term would expire every two years to prevent an administration or congress from controlling the Supreme Court.

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    Re: Should Congress have term limits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    I strongly disagree. Term limits for Supreme Court justices would increase the likelihood that they would make decisions favorable to the president and senate that appoints or approves them rather than the best decision. The life time terms make them relatively immune to lobbying and political pressure.
    This has a certain element of truth. It makes me wonder if electing a congress(wo)man would be best as a lifetime or till retirement also.

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