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Old 08-14-2017, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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If you are against the idea of term limits for the House and Senate, please state why.

If the reason is you won't commit to the idea without knowing a proposed length for them, let us know, but assume the length of the term would be okay with you. Okay with term limits?

Would you be more amenable to term limits if it only applies to newly elected Senators and Representatives, that is, the current crop get to stay on until they are voted out, quit/retire or die like they do now?

It has occurred to me that it will never happen as long as the House and Senate are the ones who have to make it happen and even if some were amenable to it, the peer pressure on Capitol Hill against term limits would be enormous. But, I just read that there is buzz for a constitutional convention and maybe the issue will come up.
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Old 08-14-2017, 07:45 AM
 
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I have mixed feelings about it.

In essence, there are term limits because each person must win an election. We have the opportunity to ditch them each two or six years.

OTOH, im sick of career politicians.

So, I'm not sure. If that helps.
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Toronto, ON
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As non-American, I don't see the point of term limits. As long as the electorate can vote every few years, they should be able to vote for an incumbent for as many terms as they want.

I also don't see the point of an appointed senate like we have in Canada either.
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:12 AM
 
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We have term limits every two years. Exercise it.
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I'm all for term limits although Congress will never approve their own demise. It truly is the only way we can nip these career politicians in the bud. For the most part they are not there to help the citizens of their state, they are there to further their career and become rich.
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:21 AM
 
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I'm all for term limits although Congress will never approve their own demise. It truly is the only way we can nip these career politicians in the bud. For the most part they are not there to help the citizens of their state, they are there to further their career and become rich.
Why would those you replace them with be any different? Why not simply vote for someone actually different?
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Gone
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If you are against the idea of term limits for the House and Senate, please state why.

If the reason is you won't commit to the idea without knowing a proposed length for them, let us know, but assume the length of the term would be okay with you. Okay with term limits?

Would you be more amenable to term limits if it only applies to newly elected Senators and Representatives, that is, the current crop get to stay on until they are voted out, quit/retire or die like they do now?

It has occurred to me that it will never happen as long as the House and Senate are the ones who have to make it happen and even if some were amenable to it, the peer pressure on Capitol Hill against term limits would be enormous. But, I just read that there is buzz for a constitutional convention and maybe the issue will come up.
Against them, we already have Limits, it is called the voters in their districts, we do not need artificial controls to undermine the Will of the Voters.
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Old 08-14-2017, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Lake Grove
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Definitely FOR term limits. Politicians like John McCain being the latest example. Term limits expand the checks & Balances aspect of our system, and it is obviously needed. Imagine if Bill Clinton were still president after all these years?
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Old 08-14-2017, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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Continuity and institutional knowledge is important - even in Congress. Long serving members head important committees that do the work of the Congress and their longevity and in depth grasp of issues is critical to the proper functioning of our nation. Can you imagine firing half the upper and middle management teams of a corporation every few years? If people believe that their representatives are not doing the job expected they have the vote.
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Old 08-14-2017, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm not opposed to term limits, but I think the terms need to be sufficiently long enough to allow members of Congress to develop expertise within their committees and sub committee assignments in the interest of developing the best possible legislation. If they aren't allowed that opportunity, bills will be drafted almost exclusively by lobbyists and staffers, which already happens as it is.

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