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View Poll Results: Term Limits?
No 4 11.43%
2 years 3 8.57%
4 or 6 years 19 54.29%
8 or 10 years 5 14.29%
10-15 years 3 8.57%
16-20 years 0 0%
20-30 years 0 0%
20-40 years 0 0%
40 years or more 1 2.86%
Voters: 35. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-07-2009, 06:00 PM
 
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There seems to be alot of controversy lately (well, over the past 40 years) about Congress being corrupt and only serving their own interests (to get reelected). Some people believe that it is time for term limits. It does have it's merits, it would slow down the influence of lobbyists because they wouldn't be able to work on one person for 40 years. It could allow for all states to be totally equally represented because senior members get important committee assignments, therefore if one Congressman is the chairman of the Ways and Means committee, he will likely remain it for several years, thus leading to one state or district being disproportionally represented for a very long time, term limits would remove this.

There are other benefits, as well as drawbacks, the main being that genuinely good Congressmen may be forced into retirement. The second, if you have a very senior member of Congress in your district, you will likely get alot of pork (Jack Murtha or Sen. Stevens anyone?) which does tend to benefit only one district.

The idea isn't radical, and it could be implemented just as the 22nd amendment (establishing term limits for Presidents was, just 58 years ago).

So should we have term limits, and I am attaching a poll for how long they should be.
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Old 05-07-2009, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Yes we most definitely should. Pelosi wanting to shield lawmakers from investigations says enough for me.
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Old 05-07-2009, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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I'd limit to 4, 2year terms for the House.

2, 6 year terms for the Senate.
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Old 05-07-2009, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Texas...and proud of it.
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Yes we most definitely should. Pelosi wanting to shield lawmakers from investigations says enough for me.

Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid and that guy who switched parties last week are a few examples.
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Old 05-07-2009, 06:17 PM
 
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I'd limit to 4, 2year terms for the House.

2, 6 year terms for the Senate.
I tend to agree with this.
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Old 05-07-2009, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Hoboken
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We already have term limits, you can and should, vote out your elected representatives when they come up for re-election.
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Old 05-07-2009, 06:38 PM
 
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We already have term limits, you can and should, vote out your elected representatives when they come up for re-election.
Hoboken has not unseated an Congressperson since 1970. I just looked that up.

A couple have died, and a couple went to be Governors. Not necessarily a bad, just interesting.
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Old 05-07-2009, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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No way. We have term limits already. It's called the voters.

In any job, there is a learning curve. I don't see how keeping a permanent group of amateurs in office helps us.

If you think that all government is bad, I can see why you'd support term limits. You wouldn't want anyone to become experienced enough so that they can actually be productive and act as mentors for more junior representatives.

Experience is good, in whatever job you have. A desire to constantly "throw the bums out" is based on a pessimism that I don't have in me.
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Old 05-07-2009, 06:46 PM
 
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We have term limits I remember the contract with America had term limits in it. The Republicans didn't break the contract did they?
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Old 05-07-2009, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Hoboken
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Hoboken has not unseated an Congressperson since 1970. I just looked that up.

A couple have died, and a couple went to be Governors. Not necessarily a bad, just interesting.

Absolutely true, the feds have unseated a couple. It still doesn't mitigate the fact that the people obviously like there representation (I am the conservative in Hudson County so I am usually not too happy) so they deserve what they want, and what they get.
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