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house Bill H. Joint Res. 6

Should Members Of Congress Have Term Limits?

Argument in favor

Allowing Members of Congress to serve without term limits has hindered Congress’ efficiency and taken power away from voters. No one likes a career politician.

ScottWalker's Opinion
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09/18/2015
“I think in any job — not just in government — about a decade’s about as much as you can do in [the] exact same position before you start to become complacent.” Read more at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/21/scott-walker-favors-term-limits-congress/
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Zach's Opinion
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11/10/2016
When someone is benefited more for serving their nation than the actual nation is, then you know we have a problem.
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Chris's Opinion
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10/03/2015
This is a no brainier, public office in this country was never intended to be a career and our first president drove that spirit home by only serving 2 terms when he could have kept the presidency as long as he wanted. Serving in office was once a job of civic duty from which the office holder would leave to return to their original profession. The balance of power in this country has so shifted to the federal government because of power hungry career politicians whose only profession is to master the useless skill of staying in office and getting rich by using outright poll tested lies. They are betraying and insulting their constituents and Americans who still have faith in our system. Not one of these career politicians has lived up to their promises and have so weakened our economy with deficits and weakened our foreign policy with disunity that we now stand at the point where our country may never recover. Term limits would at least ensure that those who run have a real interest in serving the country rather than just destroying our country trying to keep their jobs. The fact is that historically once a world power loses the position of world leader it never regains that stature. And considering that the only world powers seeking to take up that mantle once our career politicians have completed their job of tearing our country down, are authoritarian anti freedom, anti liberty regimes like China and Russia, Iran etc... the notion that future American generations may be forced to learn Chinese and Russian at gunpoint in the new world order our career politicians have allowed to emerge forces me to watch in despair as the country I loved and believed in proves me wrong every day.
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Argument opposed

People vote their elected officials into office. Voters should use their ballots to choose how long Members of Congress serve, not Congress itself.

Timothy's Opinion
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11/10/2016
The constitution lays out term limits. They are called elections. What we need is comprehensive campaign finance reform. Revoking the franking privilege, and taking other steps to weaken the hold that incumbents have is the conversation we should really be having.
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Dan's Opinion
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11/11/2016
This strikes me as throwing the baby out with the bath water. If gerrymandering, fund raising, lobbyists and campaign finance are creating the problems with our politicians let's address those issues head on. While this sounds appealing I'm not convinced this will actually fix anything. Also I recall one issue was cushy lobbyist jobs for ex politicians- wouldn't this just exacerbate that problem?
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BTSundra's Opinion
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09/14/2015
If you don't like your representatives, don't vote for them.
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    “I think in any job — not just in government — about a decade’s about as much as you can do in [the] exact same position before you start to become complacent.” Read more at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/21/scott-walker-favors-term-limits-congress/
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    The constitution lays out term limits. They are called elections. What we need is comprehensive campaign finance reform. Revoking the franking privilege, and taking other steps to weaken the hold that incumbents have is the conversation we should really be having.
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    When someone is benefited more for serving their nation than the actual nation is, then you know we have a problem.
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    If you don't like your representatives, don't vote for them.
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    This strikes me as throwing the baby out with the bath water. If gerrymandering, fund raising, lobbyists and campaign finance are creating the problems with our politicians let's address those issues head on. While this sounds appealing I'm not convinced this will actually fix anything. Also I recall one issue was cushy lobbyist jobs for ex politicians- wouldn't this just exacerbate that problem?
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    This is a no brainier, public office in this country was never intended to be a career and our first president drove that spirit home by only serving 2 terms when he could have kept the presidency as long as he wanted. Serving in office was once a job of civic duty from which the office holder would leave to return to their original profession. The balance of power in this country has so shifted to the federal government because of power hungry career politicians whose only profession is to master the useless skill of staying in office and getting rich by using outright poll tested lies. They are betraying and insulting their constituents and Americans who still have faith in our system. Not one of these career politicians has lived up to their promises and have so weakened our economy with deficits and weakened our foreign policy with disunity that we now stand at the point where our country may never recover. Term limits would at least ensure that those who run have a real interest in serving the country rather than just destroying our country trying to keep their jobs. The fact is that historically once a world power loses the position of world leader it never regains that stature. And considering that the only world powers seeking to take up that mantle once our career politicians have completed their job of tearing our country down, are authoritarian anti freedom, anti liberty regimes like China and Russia, Iran etc... the notion that future American generations may be forced to learn Chinese and Russian at gunpoint in the new world order our career politicians have allowed to emerge forces me to watch in despair as the country I loved and believed in proves me wrong every day.
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    I think term limits make Congress more accountable to their constituents
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    The legislative branch is meant to work on long term solutions to issues. With term limits, legislators acting for he long term public good will not get the chance to finish their projects and will not take risks that may displease some in the short term but are beneficial in the long term. With Presidents and Justices being hyper-responsive to short term, public opinion issues and taking more executive/judicial action than ever before, it is important that congress keep checks on the other branches and keep its sight on the long term good of our society.
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    I think Gerrymandering is a larger issue, but term limits would be a major step forward.
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    “We need term limits for all elected officials in this country . . .” Read more at http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/08/21/jeb-bush-calls-for-term-limits-and-lobbying-restrictions/
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    Working for the government should be a job where you serve the people, not a career used to make personal gains.
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    By refusing to have new peers and new ideas, you are forcing the United States into a stagnant pool of old ideas and laws.
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    Although term limits work well in theory, the American people should have the ability to choose who they desire as their candidate. Also, term limits will prevent candidates from making tough decisions or undertaking long-term projects. One of the major hinderances to unseating incumbents (besides general voter ignorance -- many vote on party rather than research their congressional candidates) is campaign financing, which is almost always stronger for the incumbent. Fix this and a proper flow of legislators should follow.
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    Term limits would inhibit already successful and effective leaders from continuing their work on pertinent issues. If you do not favor a certain representative, do not vote for them. Do not limit their potential to be effective
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    Congressional term limits are a terrible idea. I'm fact, they make Congressional efficiency and partisanship even worse by depriving Congress of experienced politicians who know how to make a deal and pass a bill. If a representative or senator is doing a good job by their constituents, then they should be allowed to stay in office. If not, then it should be up to voters to do their job and vote them out of office.
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    Too many career politicians. The corruption needs to end.
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    States that have imposed term-limits find that their legislative branch becomes more bipartisan, divisive, ineffective, and uncooperative (see Pres. Gerald Ford's remarks on term-limits in Michigan, for example). It prevents lawmakers from living together, getting to know each other as humans, and thus feeling a shared community goal of governance. Plus, it has done NOTHING to get outside-interest money out of politics in the states where it is implemented. Good theory, NOT a good practice (look at the actual results, people). We need campaign finance reform, we need to drastically limit (if not eliminate) the power of lobbyists, and we need to set-up stricter anti-corruption policy and enforcement that prevents legislators from taking outside money or making backroom deals. If you impose term-limits before doing this, legislators may figure "I don't have much time in office to make change, so I better just take whatever outside money I can in the meantime." Fresh blood is good, but so is experience, long-term strategizing, and cooperation.
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    Career politicians are not an accurate representation of their constituents - a constant change in power will better reflect our growing society
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    unlimited terms permit stagnancy incompetence and corruption
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    Don't like your rep? Replace him. Don't like mine? Tough. Repeal the 17th amendment.
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