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    Term limits on the House and the Senate?

    Should there be terms limits on the House and and the Senate?

    I Believe there should be terms limits on congress so we could get some new blood in there instead of having members in that have been in there for 30 years. This could limit career politicians on both sides that don't care about America. 4 Terms for the House and two terms on the Senate.

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    Re: Term limits on the House and the Senate?

    The Founding Fatehrs envisioned 'public servants' like Congressman and Senators as temporary servants. They'd go to Congress... serve their terms, and go back to private life. They never envisioned the House or Senate positions as 'life' terms.

    I think over the years we have seen why.

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    Re: Term limits on the House and the Senate?

    I also like the Ideas of putting Limit on the House but while removing the 17th Amendment and have the State Legislator select who represent there state in the Senate.

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    Re: Term limits on the House and the Senate?

    I understand the notion of allowing "the people" to vote in who they want. At the same time, I think long stays occur far more due to apathy within the voter base and the large benefits of incumbancy then any true desire by a majority of "the people" to truly stay with that individual.

    To be honest, I think for balance purposes perhaps put a more stringent limit on the Senate than the House. Due to the long term for Senators give them a 2 term limit, which would still allow a person more than a decade in that seat. Give the House something like 10 terms due to their fairly short term of office. This would allow them, if continually re-elected, 20 years. Since the House is supposed to be "the peoples" chamber I think its reasonable to allow them to have the most chances of re-election and the longest tenure if the people vote it so. Especially since, due to the continued nature of the House voting, there is a larger chance of voting them out then a Senator or a President.

    I think that this would not only be a benefit to the way in which government runs, but in regards to the TYPE of people we have run for government. In our current society you almost have to be groomed from an early age to be able to have any shot at a national level, which is dissapointing. Its a bit less so in the House, but still rare. I think it'd be great to see where Politics becomes a bit more accessible to people. I think it would engage more people into the entire process and make it seem a bit more attainable goal.

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    Re: Term limits on the House and the Senate?

    We already have 'term limits'...2 and 6 years. Limiting the number of terms isnt really practical and certainly not on a state by state basis. I know people disagree but the move to impose a limit on the number of terms is a lazy mans way of governing. If people dont like the candidates they have, vote them out...elect someone else. If their candidate is worthy of re-election, send them as many times as you want.

    However if we were to restore the balance prescribed by the constitution, the role of the fed would be significantly reduced and their would be far more cache to being a state politician than a federal politician. As it is there is obviously something drastically wrong when candidates pay hundreds of millions on campaigns for a job that pays under 200k. Thats a pretty good indicator that the fed exists to feed party and special interest groups.

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    Re: Term limits on the House and the Senate?

    I admit, I'm torn on term limits. I understand the arguments for them and I think they're good arguments. I just can't help but think if the people want someone in there for 30 years, maybe the voters should be allowed to decide that.
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    Re: Term limits on the House and the Senate?

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    We already have 'term limits'...2 and 6 years. Limiting the number of terms isnt really practical and certainly not on a state by state basis. I know people disagree but the move to impose a limit on the number of terms is a lazy mans way of governing. If people dont like the candidates they have, vote them out...elect someone else. If their candidate is worthy of re-election, send them as many times as you want.

    However if we were to restore the balance prescribed by the constitution, the role of the fed would be significantly reduced and their would be far more cache to being a state politician than a federal politician. As it is there is obviously something drastically wrong when candidates pay hundreds of millions on campaigns for a job that pays under 200k. Thats a pretty good indicator that the fed exists to feed party and special interest groups.
    If term limits are good enough for the President of the United States, they're good enough for Congress. Encumbants enjoy waaaay too much advantage at the polls...on the campaign trail...in debates...in money-raising...on every front.
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    Re: Term limits on the House and the Senate?

    I do not know..
    We have such a bunch of tea bagging fools in the House now...
    What we really need is campaign finance and advertising reform; I'm not sure what good limits will do.

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    Re: Term limits on the House and the Senate?

    Whenever this issue comes up, I always say the same thing. I reject term limits... in fact I fully support repealing the 22nd Amendment. If someone good actually gets into office, I think it is ridiculous to have it mandatory that they leave. Also, I prefer to put these kinds of decisions in the hands of the voters. Don't like someone? Vote them out. I understand the issue about apathy, but, to me, if you are supporting term limits because of apathy, you are suggesting government controls of apathy.

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    Re: Term limits on the House and the Senate?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    Whenever this issue comes up, I always say the same thing. I reject term limits... in fact I fully support repealing the 22nd Amendment. If someone good actually gets into office, I think it is ridiculous to have it mandatory that they leave. Also, I prefer to put these kinds of decisions in the hands of the voters. Don't like someone? Vote them out. I understand the issue about apathy, but, to me, if you are supporting term limits because of apathy, you are suggesting government controls of apathy.

    I always look at jobs in Congress and the Senate as JOBS. You don't "fire" someone because they've been there long enough.
    That doesn't offset getting someone bad, that can't be gotten rid of. Charlie Rangel comes to mind.
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