Term Limits?

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Should there be term limits for all members of Congress?

  1. Yes. I fully support two terms of service and you're out of there.

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  2. No. They can serve in Congress forever if they keep getting elected to the position.

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  3. I don't have a clue what is best.

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    I believe that there should be term limits on the people elected to Congress. I think two terms is more than enough time to spend as one of the country's lawmakers. This doesn't mean you can do two terms in the House and then two terms in the Senate and keep bouncing back and forth. Two terms, regardless of which house of Congress and you're out of there. I also do not believe that Congressmen or Congresswomen should get a lifetime pension after serving a single term in Congress. If there are term limits, I don't think they should get a pension at all. In addition, I believe that their free medical care should end the day they depart from their service to the country.

    Please participate in the poll. What say you?
     
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    I say let the democratic process work and allow the people to choose who they see is best fit to represent their district or state.
     
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    What if the person I want isn't some rich dude (or dudette) with the ability to buy a lot of influence ?
     
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    I voted 'YES', with the only trepidation being that many lobbyists employed by special interests are either former congress-critters or former staff.

    Make mercenary lobbying a capital offense against the people and limit congress to two terms and we may just get our government back.

    Sure as shit couldn't hurt.​
     
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    It would require an amendment to the Constitution to be implemented as of right now it is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

    I am opposed to any such amendment. I am in favor of an amendment returning the right of the Presidency to be held for more then 2 terms.

    The Voters are responsible, this is just another way to take away responsibility from the voters.
     
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    Our Constitution is a beatifully crafted system of checks and balances . The fact that as originally designed , state legislatures appointed senators and the electors that elected the president , was intended to keep ultimate power close to the people . As the regular Joe has an easier time getting to know his state legislature . And the Constitution itself checks the power of the people .
     
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    Dream on---with a basically rigged election system, power has been slowly but surely removed from the people.
     
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    Term limits won't fix that.
     
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    I'm on the fence about term limits. On one hand, I can see how limiting a pol's time in office can help with the cycle of big money ties and corruption. On the other hand, it smacks of trying to protect people from themselves. Pragmatically pseaking, campaign finance reform and limiting the revolving door would probably do more but the nitwits who benefit most from the status quo aren't likely to enact the measures needed. Ideally, people should be able to vote for whomever they choose even if that person is firmly entrenched in the system. Decisions, decisions....
     

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