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    Re: Term limits for Congressmen and Senators

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    Why would you want to take away the will of the people to elect the person that they want?
    If a Congressman or Senator is doing a poor job, it is up to the people that he/she represents to "term them out".
    Then why do we have term limits for the POTUS? Term limits serve an important function IMO. No one person may be representative of this country for more than 8 years, why should one person be allowed to be representative of their district or state for as long as they want?
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    Re: Term limits for Congressmen and Senators

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    People do not go into public service to get rich. For the vast majority of people, choosing to go into public service means foregoing a more lucrative career in the private sector.
    Of the few I have known, and admittedly they are city and county positions, they go into public service for the perks. They get to mingle with business people who can help them in some way or other.
    Politics is an easy part time job, they get pay and benefits, and there is still time left over for their existing jobs. And they are closer to the taxpayer trough than the rest of us, makes it easy to help themselves to some of it.
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    Re: Term limits for Congressmen and Senators

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    Of the few I have known, and admittedly they are city and county positions, they go into public service for the perks. They get to mingle with business people who can help them in some way or other.
    Politics is an easy part time job, they get pay and benefits, and there is still time left over for their existing jobs. And they are closer to the taxpayer trough than the rest of us, makes it easy to help themselves to some of it.
    I would agree that that could be the case for city/county positions, but nothing about being a Congressman is even remotely part time. The average Congressman is doing something work-related probably 80 hours a week, has to spend huge amounts of time traveling and away from his family, and has little to no job security.
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    Re: Term limits for Congressmen and Senators

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
    Then why do we have term limits for the POTUS? Term limits serve an important function IMO. No one person may be representative of this country for more than 8 years, why should one person be allowed to be representative of their district or state for as long as they want?
    I don't agree with term limits for Presidents either. I think it the people want to continue to elect someone, they should be able to.
    The only point I would raise to this is that I think there are term limits for a President to protect against a dictator/king situation. Obviously being President is more important than being a senator or congresswoman, so there was probably greater concern with someone becoming too powerful in that position.

    and BTW...its not that the person is allowed to be the representative of their district/state for as long as the person wants, its for as long as they people he/she represents want them to be their representative. I don't see what's wrong with that. It should be up to the people to decide who they want to represent them, not some arbitrary rule that says after 2 terms or whatever, someone new has to come in.
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    Re: Term limits for Congressmen and Senators

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    I don't agree with term limits for Presidents either. I think it the people want to continue to elect someone, they should be able to.
    The only point I would raise to this is that I think there are term limits for a President to protect against a dictator/king situation. Obviously being President is more important than being a senator or congresswoman, so there was probably greater concern with someone becoming too powerful in that position.

    and BTW...its not that the person is allowed to be the representative of their district/state for as long as the person wants, its for as long as they people he/she represents want them to be their representative. I don't see what's wrong with that. It should be up to the people to decide who they want to represent them, not some arbitrary rule that says after 2 terms or whatever, someone new has to come in.
    The problem is the dumbmasses have proven over and over they are too stupid to kick the bums out. Those that have wised up and elected a newby get the shaft because of seniority rules.

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    Re: Term limits for Congressmen and Senators

    I would like to see a two consecutive terms (at a time) limit be established for all Federal Elected Offices.
    They can serve two terms and then have to sit out a term before they could run again.

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    Re: Term limits for Congressmen and Senators

    Personally, I think term-limits are an attack on the essence of democracy itself.

    By setting term limits, you're limiting the public's power to vote for who they want. From my understanding, Clinton would've easily won another term, had he had the chance. If he did, we'd have another Lewinsky scandal instead of the Iraq War.

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    Re: Term limits for Congressmen and Senators

    Quote Originally Posted by George VI View Post
    Personally, I think term-limits are an attack on the essence of democracy itself.

    By setting term limits, you're limiting the public's power to vote for who they want. From my understanding, Clinton would've easily won another term, had he had the chance. If he did, we'd have another Lewinsky scandal instead of the Iraq War.
    Term limits are as old as the Roman Republic. By law, no Roman magistrate (Console, praetor, tribune, et cetera) could hold more than one office and had to wait a minimum of ten years before a magistrate could seek re-election to any office.

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    Re: Term limits for Congressmen and Senators

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    You realize that working for government is not even remotely an "indulgence," right?

    95% of elected federal officials, ranging from the most measly congressman to Obama himself, could earn twice as much outside of government as they do in it.
    I wish the hell some of them would.
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