What are some pros and cons of limiting the number of terms a Congressman can serve?

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    Cons:
    Professional lobbyists would have a tougher job.
    Ex-lawmakers would have fewer juicy job offers after-terms.
    Professional politicians might have to get real jobs after terms.

    Pros:
    all the above
     
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    It would take an amendment to the Constitution to limit terms in the US Congress. Possibly in most States as well. A bill won't do it at least not for the US Congress.
     
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    We already have term-limits. They are called:

    ELECTIONS.
     
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    Huge con: it limits the freedom of the people to vote for who they want.
     
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    As far as I'm concerned, these Congressmen spent far too long in DC

    U.S. Senate Longest Serving Senators

    An just how competent could the one that turned 100 in office have been?
    Or any of the ones that passed 90?
     
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    Cons: -Makes congressmen even more concerned about making good contacts in industry so they can land a good job after their run is over.
    -I could see a politician who is about to reach his term limit vote for things his constituents would not want because he is not concerned with reellection.
     
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    then why dont' we elect them for life?

    No worries about them taking off time for reelection campaigning, etc
     
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    I am a supporter of term limits for all elected officials. They should probably be able to run again at some point in the future, but not be serving so many consecutive terms. I read an article once written by a politician who says that the longer a politician stays in his elected position, the more corrupt he becomes.
     
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    Pro: 1 longer single term eliminates responding to polls, ensures 'public servants' serve and don't approach the office as a career doing whatever it takes to remain there indefinitely, reduces but doesn't eliminate likelyhood of corruption (if you have to run for re=election you have to kiss a lot of ass.)

    Cons: none
     

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